Skinny Waldorf Chicken Salad


This is one of my “go-to” chicken salads. Especially during the fall/winter season! It’s a delicious, skinny version of the popular Waldorf salad. Adding chicken and lots of fruit makes it a lovely, colorful, and very satisfying, main course meal. The fruit tastes especially good in this salad since it’s tossed in a wonderful, homemade light honey mustard dressing. Each serving has 258 calories, 5 grams of fat and 2 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 5 Green.

Prep Time: 20 minutes (including making the dressing)

Chill Time: for dressing, at least ½ hour

Ingredients for Honey Mustard Dressing:

½ cup The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing or store-bought light ranch dressing

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey

2 teaspoons mustard or spicy brown mustard (not Dijon)

Ingredients for Waldorf Salad:

3 cups cooked chicken, chopped

1 cup seedless red grapes, halved

1 cup apple, unpeeled and diced

1 cup celery, diced


1. To Make Dressing: Make the ranch dressing. In a small bowl, add ½ cup ranch dressing. Mix in honey and mustard. Refrigerate for at least ½ hour before using. Refrigerate the remaining ranch dressing for other uses. It will keep refrigerated for a few weeks.

2. To Make Waldorf Salad: In a large bowl, add the chicken, grapes, apple, and celery. Pour in honey mustard dressing and toss well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. This salad will keep in the refrigerator for a few days.

3. See serving tips below for ideas on how to serve this salad.

Makes 4 servings. Each serving about 1⅓ cups

Food Facts
The lovely Waldorf salad was first created by Oscar Tschirky, Maitre d’ at the Waldorf Hotel on Fifth Ave in New York. This magnificent hotel still exists and is called the Waldorf Astoria.  The recipe is over 100 years old. The original salad was made of apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Today chopped walnuts, chicken or other fruits are sometime added.

Serving Tips

This recipe makes about 5½ cups. Serve 1⅓ cups scooped on a bed of mixed greens or spinach or create chicken salad lettuce wraps. To make the lettuce wraps. Use one head of butter lettuce or romaine. Line each leaf with about ½ cup Waldorf chicken salad. Makes about 11 lettuce wraps.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints

SKINNY FACTS: for 1⅓ cups serving
258 calories, 5g fat, 1g sat. fat, 91mg chol, 32g protein, 21g carbs, 2g fiber, 329g sodium, 16g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
51 calories, 0g sat. fat, 1g protein, 7g sugar

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!