After whipping up my favourite quick chicken waldorf salad for lunch today, it seemed a shame not to share it, even though I don’t usually do these quickie recipe posts. This recipe is quick and easy, especially if you are like me and usually have a little bit of rotisserie chicken in the fridge looking to become a part of something tasty.
Traditionally, the chicken waldorf salad would be served on a bed of lettuce, but I prefer it as a salad in a bowl, or if I’m feeling like having a bit more fun with lunch, rolled in lettuce leaves as a lettuce wrap. But this mix is also great chopped a little finer and used in a Vietnamese-style fresh or summer roll. A couple of those pre-rolled in the fridge for the next day’s lunch makes this an even quicker and easier way to make sure you eat your lunch.
This quick and easy Chicken Waldorf Salad recipe uses ingredients you likely already have in your fridge and pantry. Especially, if you are like me and usually have a little bit of rotisserie chicken left over from the last one you picked up at the grocery store.
- 2 apples – diced (about 1 cup)
- 4 celery stalks – diced (about 1 cup)
- 1/2-1c chicken – cooked, boned and diced
- 3 T mayonaisse
- 1 t lemon juice
- 1/2 t Dijon
- Salt, pepper, sugar to taste.
- combine mayo, lemon juice, dijon together.
- season mayo-mixture to taste with salt, pepper and sugar, and set aside. This seasoning will vary based on your taste and the mayo and dijon you are using.
- dice apples and celery to approximately even bite-sized pieces
- dice chicken to about the same bite-sized pieces as the apples and celery
- mix everything together
Make it even easier on yourself by getting those great deals on pre-cooked rotisserie chickens from your favourite grocery store. They are usually cheaper than buying a whole chicken and roasting it yourself. And not only are they great meals with a salad or sides on their own, but there is also really nothing better in terms of speed, quality and price when you are making dishes like this when you need cooked chicken quickly,
Keep a couple of firm apples on hand like granny smith, honey crisp, gala, or really whatever your favourite is because snacking on apple slices is never a bad thing. And the firm apples last much longer than you think in your fridge. Keep a stalk of celery in case you need a quick chicken waldorf salad or a Caesar or something else to snack on, and a handful of walnuts. You’ll be set to whip this up whenever you need a quick lunch.