Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad

This deliciously savory-and-sweet Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad is the perfect lunch or light dinner and can be used as a  hearty side dish. Combining the best of three different worlds, Waldorf Salad, Grilled Chicken, and Tricolor Pasta for an amazingly flavorful recipe that’s perfect for any gathering.

It’s the perfect weather for a cool refreshing salad, I have to tell you this Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad is one of my most requested at the house during the heat wave. There’s just something about a wonderful Waldorf Salad combined with perfectly seasoned Grilled Chicken and Pasta dressed with a creamy mayonnaise and yogurt dressing.

 

 

This sweet-and-savory Waldorf Chicken Pasta salad is the perfect lunch or light dinner entrée and can be used as a  hearty side dish. Combining the best of three worlds, Waldorf Salad, Grilled Chicken, and Tricolor Pasta for an amazingly flavorful recipe that's perfect for any gathering.Have you ever had the Classic Waldorf Salad? Yes? No? If you have not had the chance to enjoy one,  you are missing out big time! Some of you may even be asking, exactly what is a Waldorf Salad? What ingredients does it contain?

A Waldorf Salad is a fruit and nut salad generally made of fresh apples, crisp celery, juicy grapes, and walnuts, dressed in mayonnaise-based dressing, and usually served on a bed of lettuce as a starter or even light meal. The apples, celery, and grapes can all be green, or multi-colored if desired.

 

 

This sweet-and-savory Waldorf Chicken Pasta salad is the perfect lunch or light dinner entrée and can be used as a  hearty side dish. Combining the best of three worlds, Waldorf Salad, Grilled Chicken, and Tricolor Pasta for an amazingly flavorful recipe that's perfect for any gathering.I usually use a slight variation of ingredients to make my Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad. I like Honey Crisp apples, red and green table grapes, pecans, crisp green celery, perfectly seasoned grilled chicken breast, and a German brand Pasta by a company known as Riesa, the pasta is called, Calici Tri-color Pasta. They remind me of Tulip cups–So adorable.

If you can not find the pasta I mentioned above no worries, you can use any type of pasta you and your family enjoys. I’m just one of those people who love interesting European ingredients and always order them when possible off of Amazon or look for them in Specialty stores near our home.

 

 

This sweet-and-savory Waldorf Chicken Pasta salad is the perfect lunch or light dinner entrée and can be used as a  hearty side dish. Combining the best of three worlds, Waldorf Salad, Grilled Chicken, and Tricolor Pasta for an amazingly flavorful recipe that's perfect for any gathering.

 

 

 
List of ingredients needed to make Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad
  • 2- Well-seasoned Grilled Chicken Breasts, diced
  • 10-ounces Cooked Pasta, drained
  • 1 large Honey Crisp Apple, chopped
  • 1 cup Green table grapes halved
  • 1 cup Red table grapes halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced Green Celery
  • 1/2 cup or more toasted Pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Mayonaisse 
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • Kosher Salt, to own taste
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to own taste
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Mexican Tarragon leaves, optional

 

Let’s talk a bit about the ingredients mentioned above

  1. You can use time-saving options for the chicken by using either freshly leftover grilled chicken or you can opt to buy a pre-roasted chicken at the market.
  2. You can also opt to use ready cut fruit and celery in the produce section including apples.
  3. If at all possible do not take short cuts on the fresh lemon juice, concentrated lemon juice usually has a more harsh flavor.
  4. Buy local in-season fruit in possible or organic if affordable.
  5. Toasted Walnuts are usually used in the traditional Waldorf Salad so feel free to use them instead of pecans if desired.
  6.  Do not use Miricle Whip in place of the Mayonnaise, the recipe will not come out as it should. 

 

 

 

This sweet-and-savory Waldorf Chicken Pasta salad is the perfect lunch or light dinner entrée and can be used as a  hearty side dish. Combining the best of three worlds, Waldorf Salad, Grilled Chicken, and Tricolor Pasta for an amazingly flavorful recipe that's perfect for any gathering.

 

 

 

 

 

5 from 6 votes
This sweet-and-savory Waldorf Chicken Pasta salad is the perfect lunch or light dinner entrée and can be used as a  hearty side dish. Combining the best of three worlds, Waldorf Salad, Grilled Chicken, and Tricolor Pasta for an amazingly flavorful recipe that's perfect for any gathering.
Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Chill
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

This deliciously savory-and-sweet Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad is the perfect lunch or light dinner and can be used as a  hearty side dish. Combining the best of three different worlds, Waldorf Salad, Grilled Chicken, and Tricolor Pasta for an amazingly flavorful recipe that’s perfect for any gathering.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Walddorf Chicken Pasta Salad, Waldorf Chicken Salad, Waldorf Salad
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 546 kcal
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces Cooked Pasta, drained Tri-color or favorite type
  • 2 Well-seasoned Grilled Chicken Breasts, diced
  • 1 large Honey Crisp Apple, chopped
  • 1 cup Green table grapes halved
  • 1 cup Red Table grapes, halved
  • ½ cup Sliced Celery
  • ½ cup Toasted Pecan halves may use walnuts instead
  • ½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise 
  • ½ Lemon, juiced
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to own taste
  • 1 tablespoon  Fresh Mexican Tarragon leaves optional
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to directions on package- al dente about 8 minutes, Drain and rinse the pasta in cold water.

  2. Combine pasta, chicken, apples, celery, and red and green grapes, pecans in a large non-reactive bowl. Toss to combine the ingredients.

  3. In a glass bowl combine Mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Whisk to combine.

  4. Add the homemade dressing to other ingredients, toss to combine and refrigerate 60 minutes before serving. May garnish with Mexican Tarragon leaves before serving

 

 

 

 

 

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This deliciously sweet-and-savory Waldorf Chicken Pasta salad is the perfect lunch or light dinner entrée and can be used as a  hearty side dish. Combining the best of three different worlds, Waldorf Salad, Grilled Chicken, and Tricolor Pasta for an amazingly flavorful recipe that's perfect for any gathering.

 

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