Summer Chicken Waldorf Salad

Gideon just crested his second week of life, and we are happily adjusting to the logistical maneuverings of being a newly minted family of four. We have tried to eat most meals together as a family with Madeline, and now little Gideon has been joining us. As Madeline holds court from her highchair, swinging her legs and filling her cheeks to capacity, her little brother sleeps soundly in middle of the table. Recently, I have found myself craving sandwiches, and their one-handed portability is especially great for multi-tasking with small kids. This week, with my father-in-law's delicious barbecue chicken and some classic Waldorf ingredients in the fridge, I decided to make my own non-traditional version of a Summer Chicken Waldorf Salad. I started with a classic base: chicken, celery, grapes, and apples. Fresh produce from a nearby farmstand inspired some summery additions; a smattering of blueberries, fresh sweet corn on the cob, and parsley. I cut the thick mayonnaise base of a traditional Waldorf dressing with greek yogurt and seasoned the salad before pouring over the dressing with extra lemon for brightness.

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Yield: serves 6



  • 3 cups cooked chicken cut up into small pieces
  • 1 apple, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup chopped celery, about 2 medium stalks
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup blueberries 
  • 1 cup fresh corn
  • 1/2 cup green grapes, halved
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise  
  • 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the salad ingredients (chicken, apple, celery, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, corn, and grapes). Pour over the lemon juice and salt and pepper and mix briefly to combine.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients (mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon zest, honey, salt, pepper, and parsley).
  3. Toss the salad and dressing together.