This Healthy Waldorf Chicken Salad really is a quick and easy recipe to make in less than 30 minutes. It would be great for a picnic dinner on the beach! It has apples, celery, and walnuts with chopped chicken. I have a friend who is always telling me about how she makes it regularly…it is that good. It is low carb, gluten free, and a healthy high protein meal.
Do you hear that?
Neither do I.
That’s the sound of an empty house. This morning at precisely 7:04am the big yellow school bus roared up the hill with my two daughters inside and I was left here at home, with a cup of dark roast and a stack of work that has been waiting for me to get to for about 9 weeks.
I really don’t need to tell you I am busy because the fact that I haven’t posted since last Thursday should be evidence enough of that. One of the things that has been keeping me occupied was that I just finished up was a Power Point presentation for Blog Brulee. I am going to be speaking about food and prop styling and post processing in food photography. It is a great honor, so I really want to do a good job.
For the Power Point, I did a fair amount of slides with side by sides images, before and afters and process slideshows. It was kind of addictive and now I am pretty sure I will run out of time to get to half of it. While digging through old photos I found this winner from this Waldorf Chicken Salad that I ran back in 2011. It literally made me laugh out loud when I saw it.
I knew I had to include it as an illustration of what NOT to do.
But the recipe itself, sadly, is so good. It really should be on the Best of Healthy Seasonal Recipes list.
So I made a fresh batch, re-styled it without the swath of plaid upholstery fabric and artful napkin and and re-photographed it and here it is again.
This Healthy Waldorf Chicken Salad really is a quick and easy recipe to make in less than 30 minutes. It would be great for a picnic dinner on the beach! It has apples, celery, and walnuts with chopped chicken. I have a friend who is always telling me about how she makes it regularly...it is that good. It is low carb, gluten free, and a healthy high protein meal.
- 1.25 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
- ½ teaspoon salt plus a generous pinch for poaching liquid
- ½ cup plain fat-free yogurt
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons dry tarragon
- ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
- ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
- 1 large apple, finely diced
- 1 cup chopped celery with leaves
- 1 cup toasted walnut pieces, chopped
- 3 tablespoons minced red onion or shallot
- Place chicken in a large saucepan and cover with water. Add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue simmering until the chicken is no-longer pink in the center, 12 to 16 minutes (depending on thickness.) Transfer to a cutting board and cut into bite-sized cubes and let cool 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, tarragon, white pepper, granulated garlic (or garlic powder) and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in apple, celery, walnut and onion (or shallot.)
- When the chicken is cool, stir into the yogurt mixture.
79 mg Cholesterol, 0.6 g Added Sugars