This chicken salad recipe was inspired by the Waldorf Salad from the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.

The original Waldorf Salad was a simple recipe of chopped apples and celery dressed in mayonnaise. It was created by Oscar Tschirky, the maître d’hôtel of the Waldorf Hotel in the 1880s.

The modern Waldorf Salad has since evolved into the salad we know today, which includes lettuce, celery, apples, grapes, and walnuts.

For this recipe I started with a basic chicken salad recipe as taught to me by my father. He always mixed a little Dijon mustard in with his mayonnaise for added flavor. I then added elements from the modern version of the Waldorf salad by folding in chopped apples, grapes, and walnuts.

It makes a delicious chicken salad into something a little glamorous and special.

You can serve this Waldorf Chicken Salad on a bed of lettuce or use as a sandwich filler.

Try it for your next special occasion.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad

This fresh chicken salad recipe is inspired by the classic Waldorf salad from the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 2 celery ribs chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 apple chopped into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup seedless red grapes cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped


  • Remove the meat from the chicken, and cut into cubes.
  • Add celery, mayonnaise, mustard, and black pepper, and mix well.
  • Add apple, grapes, and walnuts, and fold to combine.
  • Serve chilled as a salad, or use for sandwich filling.



I like to mix the mustard into the mayo before I add it to the chicken. This helps it blend well.
Leave the skin on the apple so that it adds color to the salad.
Keyword chicken, salad, Waldorf

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad sandwich

Waldorf Chicken Salad sandwich close-up

Waldorf Chicken Salad close-up on fork

excerpt from Waldorf cookbook