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Chicken Waldorf Salad – Perfect for A Picnic

Chicken Waldorf Salad is a light modern twist on a classic.  Fresh chicken is tossed with crisp celery, apples, grapes and crunchy walnuts and drizzled with a lemony yogurt dressing for the perfect summer picnic salad.

Chicken Waldorf Salad – Perfect for A Picnic

1 hr, 30 Prep Time

1 hr, 30 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken, cubed
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 2/3 cup of fresh grapes (I used red and green – your call), halved
  • 1 Macintosh apple, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • Zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt (I used 0%)
  • 1 tablespoon of light mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
  • Baby arugula for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cooked chicken, celery, grapes, diced apple, chopped walnuts and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, light mayonnaise and lemon juice. The lemon juice should add a bit of moisture so that that yogurt loosens up a bit. Season with the salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle the lemony yogurt dressing over the chicken salad mixture. Fold until everything is covered.
  4. Let set in the fridge for at least an hour and then serve on baby arugula for a bit of a peppery bite.
  5. Enjoy!
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Today’s recipe is one that you are going to love  – a lighter take on a classic with Chicken Waldorf Salad.

 

So – being that it’s June,  it’s time for a Blogger C.L.U.E. reveal!

 


Blogger C.L.U.E. Society

 

For this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E., we were challenged to find recipes “perfect for a picnic” and I had to give some thought to the best recipe to spotlight from my blog for June – A Spoonful of ThymeA Spoonful of Thyme has some great recipes – just take a look at this recipe index!  Kathy is a beyond accomplished cook with a heck of a culinary skillset.  However, the minute my eyes landed on this Chicken Waldorf Salad, my picnic choice had been found.

 

When I was younger, I remember my mother often taking me to visit my grandmother at Steiger’s Tea Room in downtown Springfield during the summer.  One of the main memories of those lunches at the Tea Room was the Waldorf Salad that my mother often ordered.  She also sometimes had this fresh fruit salad with marshmallow creme dressing but it’s the Waldorf Salad that really brought that memory home.  There is something so nostalgic about this classic dish.   Granted – my memories aren’t technically picnic-y but I have to confess – I didn’t often have picnics – stilettos and grass aren’t mixy things.  I am, however, a firm believer in dining al fresco if that counts.

 

This Chicken Waldorf Salad is so easy but the flavor payoff is huge!  I baked some chicken using the method I use for lemon chicken – just minus the marinade and using a little bit of butter to steam/poach the chicken.   I used some of that chicken for this recipe and it was scrumptious – moist and flavorful and the flavors married well with the other ingredients.  I went with a lemony yogurt dressing as I wanted to cut down the mayo factor, per Kathy’s suggestion and it was perfect.  I doubled her recipe and this Chicken Waldorf Salad was perfect for dining al fresco, served on some spicy arugula and any leftovers were fabulous the next day.

 

Fresh, flavorful with a bit of a crunch – this Chicken Waldorf Salad is perfect for a picnic!

 

On to the recipe:

 

Gather your ingredients

 


Chicken Waldorf Salad - Ingredients | CookingInStilettos.com

 

Everything chopped and ready

 


Chicken Waldorf Salad - Everything Chopped and Ready | CookingInStilettos.com

 

Let’s whisk together this lemony yogurt dressing.

 


Chicken Waldorf Salad - Lemony Yogurt Dressing | CookingInStilettos.com

 

Look at this lovely

 


Chicken Waldorf Salad is a light modern twist on a classic. Fresh chicken is tossed with crisp celery, apples, grapes and crunchy walnuts and drizzled with a lemony yogurt dressing for the perfect picnic salad! Chicken Salad | Summer Salad | Yogurt | Healthy Salad | Salads made Lighter | Picnic Recipe | Summer Recipe

 

Let’s enjoy this on the patio shall we?

 


Chicken Waldorf Salad is a light modern twist on a classic. Fresh chicken is tossed with crisp celery, apples, grapes and crunchy walnuts and drizzled with a lemony yogurt dressing for the perfect picnic salad! Chicken Salad | Summer Salad | Yogurt | Healthy Salad | Salads made Lighter | Picnic Recipe | Summer Recipe

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Chicken Waldorf Salad is a lighter twist on a classic with fresh chicken tossed with crisp veggies, grapes, apples and crunchy walnuts and drizzled with a lemony yogurt dressing.

 

 

 

    • Author: Adapted from A Spoonful of Thyme

 

    • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

    • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

    • Yield: 4

 

    • Category: Salad

 

    • Cuisine: American

 

 

 

Ingredients

 

    • 1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken, cubed

 

    • 1 stalk of celery, diced

 

    • 2/3 cup of fresh grapes (I used red and green – your call), halved

 

    • 1 Macintosh apple, peeled and diced

 

    • 1/3 cup of walnuts, chopped

 

    • Zest of 1/2 a lemon

 

For the dressing:

 

    • 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt (I used 0%)

 

    • 1 tablespoon of light mayonnaise

 

    • Juice of 1/2 a lemon

 

    • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

 

    • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper

 

    • Baby arugula for serving

 

 

 

Instructions

 

    1. In a large bowl, combine the cooked chicken, celery, grapes, diced apple, chopped walnuts and stir to combine. Set aside.

 

    1. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, light mayonnaise and lemon juice. The lemon juice should add a bit of moisture so that that yogurt loosens up a bit. Season with the salt and pepper.

 

    1. Drizzle the lemony yogurt dressing over the chicken salad mixture. Fold until everything is covered.

 

    1. Let set in the fridge for at least an hour and then serve on baby arugula for a bit of a peppery bite.

 

    1. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Many thanks to Kate for sharing such a fabulous recipe and bringing me right down memory lane.  This salad will be on the table often this summer!

 

Let’s see what the other Blogger C.L.U.E. peeps are bringing to the picnic!

 

 

    • Apple Chips by Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook

 

 

    • California Quinoa Greek Salad;by Christiane from Taking on Magazines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Julia Stearns @ Healthirony
    March 27, 2019 at 12:12 pm I had a similar chicken Waldorf salad at a restaurant recently and found myself craving it and wondering if I could recreate it today.
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