Gluten Free Better Than Waldorf Chicken Salad

by Carol Kicinski on May 27, 2016

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A classic Waldorf Salad is made with apples, celery, walnuts, and mayonnaise and is served on a bed of lettuce. It is somehow simple and elegant at the same time.

This recipe originated somewhere around 1893. The original recipe apparently did not call for walnuts – just apples, celery, and mayonnaise. So even from the beginning, the classic Waldorf has been open to individual interpretation.

My version is nut free but has a nut-like element with the addition of a little Sunbutter mixed with the mayo. I love Sunbutter with apples and celery and grape jelly, so I figured, “why not?”

I like to add chicken to any variation I make of a Waldorf because it’s a great way to get in some extra protein.

I like this salad; it makes for a lovely lunch or light dinner on a hot night. I hope you enjoy it as well.


Gluten Free Better Than Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe


½ cup crunchy Sunbutter
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
2 green apples, skin on, cored and diced
1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half
1 stalk celery, sliced
Kosher or fine sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Butter lettuce cups


In a small bowl, mix together the Sunbutter, mayonnaise, honey, and lemon juice.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the chicken, apples, grapes, and celery. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve in lettuce cups.


A gluten free, nut free recipe that serves 4

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