Healthy eating is made easy & delicious with this Waldorf Chicken Salad!
The perfect recipe for your weekend meal prep or last minute lunch!
For those of you who follow us on Instagram or are a consistent reader of our blog (thank you!), you’ve most likely gathered that meal prepping is something we believe is a key player in eating healthy and wholesome foods all week long. Jess and I both try to dedicate 1-3 hours on the weekend to prep foods for the coming week.
While there are many weekends we’d rather skip our meal preps (and sometimes we do because…#life) we know that having a fridge full of ready-to-eat, wholesome foods will set us up for an awesome and healthy week ahead. I personally have found that when I don’t meal prep I tend to graze, skip meals, lack on veggies and do not make the best choices —> like sitting down with a jar of nut butter and a spoon and…you get where I’m going. In turn, those eating behaviors negatively impact my energy and how I feel overall. No one has time for feeling ‘just okay’ and I’m extra motivated right now because I’m participating and helping with a 6-week nutrition challenge at my CrossFit Gym.
Meal prepping on the weekends helps to make the healthy choice the easy choice and that’s exactly why we do our best to share recipes that are meal prep friendly, easy to make and require only basic cooking skills. We want meal prepping to be easy for you and totally doable. I know you’re going to love this Classic Waldorf Chicken Salad.Healthy eating is made easy & delicious with this Waldorf Chicken Salad! @whole30 friendly Click To Tweet
Made with just 8-ingredients!
Classic Waldorf Chicken Salad is one of my favorites and a go-to meal prep recipe. It’s made with just 8 simple ingredients and it’s the perfect way to use up leftover chicken. Chock full of quality protein and healthy fats will help you stay satisfied for hours and keep your blood sugars stable. Stable blood sugars = more energy & better metabolism.
I used Primal Kitchen Mayo in this recipe. It’s one of the few store-bought mayos that we, The Real Food RDs, recommend because it truly is made with top quality ingredient such as avocado oil. You can also make your own mayo which I often do if I run out of the beloved Primal Kitchen Mayo. Classic Waldorf Chicken Salad comes together with omega-3 rich walnuts, sweet grapes, fresh basil, red onion and celery. And like with many of our recipes, you can substitute many of the ingredients with what you have on hand.
No walnuts —> try almonds, pecans or cashews.
No grapes —> try cubed apple, dried cranberries or raisins.
No fresh basil —> use dried basil or try fresh rosemary or thyme.
In addition to enjoying Waldorf Chicken Salad on a bed of greens for lunch, I’ve aso made this recipe for social gatherings and holidays. It makes for the perfect appetizer when served on top of cucumber slices or gluten-free crackers such as Simple Mills crackers (a Real Food RD fave).
You’ll love how fast & easy it is to throw this salad together. If you’re using leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken, you’ll be able to whip this salad up in no time at all.
Less time in the kitchen = more time to do the things that you love!
Give this Classic Waldorf Chicken Salad a try and report back in the comments below! If you love this recipe, you’ll also want to give our Curry Chicken Salad, Blueberry Rosemary Chicken Salad or Strawberry Chicken Salad a try as well!
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.
- For a Whole30 option, serve on top of a bed of greens or in a lettuce leaf.
- If not on the Whole30 you may serve it between two slices of bread or in a wrap of your choice.
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