Waldorf Salad

Everyone loves this Waldorf salad that is filled with grapes, apples, celery, walnuts, cheese and chicken. Toss it in a homemade poppyseed dressing and this salad is perfect for any lunch, dinner or appetizer.

Waldorf Salad

Chicken Waldorf Salad

Hello again! It’s Alicia from The Baker Upstairs, and I’m excited to share one of my all-time favorite recipes with you today! This Waldorf salad with chicken is one of my go-to’s when I need a quick and easy dinner that’s still filling and hearty. It has the most fantastic combination of crunchy and creamy, and salty and sweet. It’s a delicious main dish salad that the whole family will love!

When I first met my husband, he was definitely not a big fan of salads. Even the thought of eating a salad for dinner would elicit moans and groans from him. My mom had occasionally made a similar salad to this Waldorf salad when I was growing up, and it was one of my favorites. I decided on a whim to make my own version for dinner one night. To my surprise, my husband actually loved it! Since then, it has been one of our favorite easy weeknight meals. We almost always have all of the ingredients in the fridge or pantry, and it takes just a few minutes to throw together. Best of all, our kids love it too!


Waldorf Salad Dressing

Waldorf Salad Dressing

I know blue cheese can be kind of polarizing, so if you are not a fan, you could easily substitute another kind of cheese. Here are some other cheeses that would work well in this salad:

  • Feta cheese
  • Goat cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Swiss cheese

I am a huge fan of blue cheese, though, so it’s my usual choice. The savoriness of the chicken and blue cheese, in contrast with the sweet grapes and apples, makes for a really delicious combination. The celery and walnuts add some nice crunch, and everything combines very harmoniously.

The finishing touch is a good poppy seed dressing. I absolutely adore the Brianna’s brand poppy seed dressing, but feel free to use your favorite or to make a homemade version (which is super easy to do). Just whisk the following ingredients together for an easy poppyseed dressing recipe…

  • 3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds

Waldorf Salad Recipe

Best Waldorf Salad Recipe

There are so many things I love about this Waldorf Salad, butย  the thing I love most is that it’s pretty sturdy, so you can make it in advance. Just add the dressing right before serving! I like to make a big batch of salad earlier in the week, and then portion it out into single servings so my husband can take it to work for lunch throughout the week. It’s such a time-saver to have it all prepped in advance! It really is the best Waldorf salad recipe!!

It really is one of my favorite meals, and I make it all year long! We hope you enjoy it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Waldorf Salad Recipe

5 from 4 votes

Everyone loves this Waldorf salad that is filled with grapes, apples, celery, walnuts, cheese and chicken. Toss it in a homemade poppyseed dressing and this salad is perfect for any lunch, dinner or appetizer.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 235 kcal
Author Alicia Skousen


  • 6 cups spring mix salad
  • 2 cups chicken chopped and cooked
  • 1 apple
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • poppyseed dressing


  1. Add the salad mix to a medium bowl. Cut the grapes in half, and chop the apples and celery into chunks. Add the chicken, grapes, apple, celery, blue cheese, and walnuts to the bowl.

  2. Drizzle with the poppyseed dressing, and toss to combine. Serve immediately. (NOTE: If making the salad in advance, add the dressing just before serving.)

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Alicia Skousen

Hi! Iโ€™m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookiesโ€ฆ you name it! When Iโ€™m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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