Healthy Chicken Salad with Walnuts and Grapes

Filling and flavorful, healthy chicken salad with walnuts and grapes is just the thing you’re looking for at lunch. Great on a lettuce wrap or tortilla! 

Filling and flavorful, healthy chicken salad with walnuts and grapes is just the thing you're looking for at lunch. Great on a lettuce wrap or tortilla! Get the healthy lunch recipe on RachelCooks.com!

As you all know, I’m partnering with California Walnuts this year to bring you great recipes with walnuts like pumpkin spice candied walnuts, Brussels sprouts with candied walnuts, walnut brittle with cinnamon and cloves, and kale quinoa salad. For this recipe, they challenged us to open our fridge and pantry for a “Fridge-A-Dare” challenge, creating something using only what we had on hand.

When I opened my fridge to consider this challenge, I have to admit I almost closed it and went to the grocery store. It was looking sad and empty in there and I wasn’t sure I was up for that much of a challenge. But, a challenge is a challenge and I turned my brain on and started to think. I knew I wanted to do something for the meat eaters – unlike any of my recipes so far for California Walnuts.

Filling and flavorful, healthy chicken salad with walnuts and grapes is just the thing you're looking for at lunch. Great on a lettuce wrap or tortilla! Get the healthy lunch recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I spotted boneless skinless chicken breast that needed to be used up soon — they would do the trick.

I saw the grapes that I put on the kids plate and they hardly ever eat.

I had celery that was surprisingly just crisp enough to still eat fresh, which was a shock (why can I never go through celery quickly enough?).

Walnuts, of course. I have lots of those!

Plain Greek yogurt – always. My fridge is never without it.

Okay, now I have an idea. Chicken salad with grapes, one of my favorite combinations. But do I have anything to put it in? My lettuce was eaten up days ago. Bingo! Whole wheat tortillas! They’re my go-to for quesadillas and wraps for the kids and they’d be perfect for this healthy chicken salad.

Filling and flavorful, healthy chicken salad with walnuts and grapes is just the thing you're looking for at lunch. Great on a lettuce wrap or tortilla! Get the healthy lunch recipe on RachelCooks.com!

The dried cranberries were a last-minute addition, I wanted a chewy component to this and their tart chewiness is absolutely perfect combined with all the other ingredients.

I have to say that I’m extremely happy with how this chicken salad turned out! The walnuts give a subtle crunch and of course offer a fantastic nutty flavor. The celery provides a more pronounced crunch and freshness. The yogurt combined with apple cider vinegar and celery seeds is the perfect thing to tie this all together – I promise you won’t even miss mayonnaise. Using Greek yogurt not only decreases fat and calories but it also adds protein to help keep you satisfied for hours.

Filling and flavorful, healthy chicken salad with walnuts and grapes is just the thing you're looking for at lunch. Great on a lettuce wrap or tortilla! Get the healthy lunch recipe on RachelCooks.com!

With 36 grams of protein and 365 calories per serving (using my calculations — I’m not a registered dietician!), it’s going to keep you full all afternoon. You get the bonus omega-3’s from the walnuts and antioxidants from the dried cranberries – it’s one of my absolute favorite lunches right now.

If you’re looking for more great sandwich fillings, try:

Healthy Chicken Salad with Walnuts and Grapes

Filling and flavorful, healthy chicken salad with walnuts and grapes is just the thing you’re looking for at lunch. Great on a lettuce wrap or tortilla!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken breast (about 3 chicken breasts or 1.25 pounds)
  • 1 cup diced celery (about three stalks)
  • 1 cup halved grapes
  • 3/4 cup chopped California Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed (not celery salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl , combine chicken, celery, grapes, walnuts, and cranberries.

In a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, whisk together yogurt, vinegar, honey, celery seed, salt and pepper. Pour over chicken mixture and stir until all ingredients are combined.

Serve on a wrap, sandwich, or on top of lettuce. Store covered in refrigerator for 2-3 days, stirring to recombine before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 365 Calories
  • Total Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 82mg
  • Sodium: 287mg
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 22g
  • Protein: 36g
Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.
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Verdict: I absolutely love this healthy chicken salad. It has quickly become one of my lunchtime favorites.
Husband’s take: I honestly didn’t think that this chicken salad was going to be up his alley. He isn’t usually too into things that combine fruit with savory things like chicken and celery. But to my surprise, he loves this chicken salad recipe. He has taken it in his lunch many times.
Changes I would make: None are necessary at all!
Difficulty: Easy!

This Healthy Chicken Salad recipe is sponsored by the California Walnut Board. All opinions are always my own. Thank you for supporting Rachel Cooks by reading about products and food I use and love in my own home.

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6 comments

  1. i swap out cranberries for grapes for a change and it works so well. i have a recipe waiting to be shared on my draft from a long time too. love me lunch friendly healthy salads like this.

  2. Chicken salad with grapes and walnuts is my favorite!! This looks awesome and like the perfect lunch!

  3. nice variation on the classic waldorf salad

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