Waldorf Chicken Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad is a lovely update to the original New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s recipe for Waldorf Salad combining Dukes mayonnaise, Greek Plain yogurt, lemon juice, diced chicken breast, Honeycrisp apples, seedless  sliced Globe grapes, celery, fresh sweet basil, toasted walnuts, and simply seasoned with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

There’s nothing like an update to a wonderful vintage recipe, today I have chosen to slightly change the  Historic Waldorf  Salad by adding chicken and a few other delicious ingredients, such as chicken, yogurt, and fresh basil.

Waldorf Chicken SaladThe lovely vintage Waldorf salad was created at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1896 by the maître d’hôtel, Oscar Tschirky, the Waldorf salad was an instant success.The original version of this salad contained only apples, celery, and mayonnaise. The chopped walnuts would later become another key ingredient added to the already delicious salad.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

  • 1/4 cup Dukes mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cooked chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 large Honeycrisp apple, diced
  • 1 cup sliced seedless Globe grapes
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh sweet basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • chopped flat-leaf parsley for garnish, optional


  1. In a large glass bowl combine 1/4 of a cup of Duke’s mayonnaise, 2/3 cup of Greek plain yogurt, and the juice of 1 lemon.
  2. Dice 3 chicken breasts and add to the glass bowl. Gently combine chicken with mayo, yogurt, and lemon juice.
  3. Add diced Honeycrisp apple, 1 cup of sliced seedless Globe grapes, 1 cup of sliced celery, 1/2 of a cup of toasted walnuts, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper and gently combine all ingredients.
  4. Garnish with chopped flat-leafed parsley if desired.
  5. Serve on bagels, or bread of choice.

Note: Refrigerate leftovers immediately, will stay fresh for up to 2 days if stored properly.


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