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Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad

June 14, 2019 (Last Updated: August 3, 2021)

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. It is 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 crisp, refreshing salad. I have to tell you this Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad is one of my most requested at the house during the heatwave. There’s just something about a beautiful 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, precisely 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.

 

 

 Waldorf Chicken Pasta salad 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 pasta you and your family enjoy. I’m just one of those people who love unusual European ingredients and always order them when possible off of Amazon or look for them in Specialty stores near our home.

 

 

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List of ingredients needed to make Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad

  • Two- Well-seasoned Grilled Chicken Breasts, diced
  • Ten-ounces Cooked Pasta, drained
  • One large Honey Crisp Apple, chopped
  • One cup Green table grapes halved
  • One 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
  • One tablespoon Fresh Mexican Tarragon leaves, optional

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk a bit about the ingredients mentioned above for Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad

  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 shortcuts 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. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad

Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad

hmccallum
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.

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Chill 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 People
Calories 340 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 ounces Cooked Pasta, drained Tri-color or favorite type
  • 2 Chicken Breasts Well-seasoned, Grilled and diced
  • 1 large Honey Crisp Apple chopped
  • 1 cup Green table grapes halved
  • 1 cup Red Table grapes halved
  • ½ cup Celery sliced
  • ½ cup Pecan halves Toasted, 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
 

  • Cook the pasta according to directions on package- al dente about 8 minutes, Drain and rinse the pasta in cold water.
  • Combine pasta, chicken, apples, celery, and red and green grapes, pecans in a large non-reactive bowl. Toss to combine the ingredients.
  • In a glass bowl combine Mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the homemade dressing to other ingredients, toss to combine and refrigerate 60 minutes before serving. May garnish with Mexican Tarragon leaves before serving

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 19gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 123mgPotassium: 485mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 122IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Waldorf Chicken Salad, Waldorf Salad
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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Natalie
    January 16, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Such a lovely salad. I’ve made it last week for me and my family. We all love it. Delicious and easy to make. Great instructions and helpful tips. Thanks.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 17, 2020 at 8:13 am

      Good day, Natalie!
      Thank you for the wonderful positive feedback on the Salad!
      H

  • Reply
    Katherine
    January 16, 2020 at 6:48 am

    This is such a great hearty salad! I love waldorf salad but adding pasta and chicken takes this next level.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 17, 2020 at 8:12 am

      Hello, Katherine
      I agree that the additions make it all worth eating!
      Our family loves it, and you can pretty much use any pasta you and your family enjoy.
      Thank you
      H

  • Reply
    Danielle@wenthere8this.com
    January 16, 2020 at 6:34 am

    What a delicious salad! It came out perfect and I can’t wait to make this part of my normal rotation.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 17, 2020 at 8:10 am

      Good morning, Danielle,
      I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed the salad.
      Thank you
      H

  • Reply
    Irina
    January 16, 2020 at 1:55 am

    I love both savoury and sweet notes in meals, and this salad seems to play with my taste buds:) It is filling due to pasta, and healthy due to protein in chicken. Love it!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 17, 2020 at 8:09 am

      Thank you, Irina, this is an awesome salad filled with tons of flavor.
      I hope you have a chance to try it.
      Thank you again
      H

  • Reply
    Tonje
    January 16, 2020 at 1:38 am

    Wow, I love waldorf salad but with chicken and pasta it’s such a filling main course salad. This is delicious!

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    June 17, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Such a great recipe for a cool and refreshing salad! Perfect for summer!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    June 17, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Such amazing ingredients to making this pasta salad yum. I cant stop munching on such salad options.

  • Reply
    raiatodd
    June 16, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    What a gorgeous Waldorf chicken and Pasta salad! Perfect for summer potlucks. Looks filling enough for a lunch, too. 😉

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 16, 2020 at 12:44 am

      Thank you, Raias!
      I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and positive vibes on the salad!
      Have a wonderful night!
      H

  • Reply
    Jen
    June 16, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I can see why this Salad is requested so much! I’m sure this will quickly become a top favorite for us too.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 16, 2020 at 12:43 am

      Thank you, Jenn! I have to tell you this goes over so well at potlucks and gatherings too.
      I hope you enjoy it
      Have a great night
      H

  • Reply
    Emily
    June 16, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    This Waldorf Chicken salad looks great. Where did your you find the noodles you used?

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 16, 2020 at 12:42 am

      Thank you, Emily! I actually found them the first time at Big Lots and the next time I ordered them off Amazon. They seem to be a seasonal item.
      Have a great day!
      Heidy

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