This post has been sponsored by Hidden Valley® and Glad®. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
There is something so magical about living in a small town. If you have been following my journey, you know that prior to living in Vermont, we lived on a small island in the Caribbean.
While both of these places cannot be more different in terms of weather, there are plenty of similarities when it comes to day-to-day living. Community, friendships, and the comfort of knowing everything around you are a few to name. However, if you have ever lived in one you know that small town living comes with its own challenges.
Take grocery shopping for a example. Back in my island days, finding fresh groceries was a big challenge. Virgin Gorda’s soil was not conducive to farming, so most items had to be transported in big ships coming from Puerto Rico or Miami. The issue with that was that the possibility of those deliveries was dependent on the weather conditions.
As you can imagine, this was a challenge during the hurricane season—which is pretty much half of the year (June through November). Luckily, the close by bigger islands had still gotten regular deliveries. That is why I had to take weekly grocery shopping trips to Tortola (the closest big island to ours.)
Manchester, our current hometown located in Southern Vermont, is nowhere near as challenging when it comes to finding groceries. On the contrary, good quality fresh food is in abundance around here. There are farmer’s markets are in galore.
However, when it comes to shopping for daily necessities or big items like toilet paper, shampoo, canned foods, nuts, drinks in bulk, etc., I take a trip down to our closest big city: Albany New York. And when I do that my first stop is usually Sam’s Club. I love the convenience of finding everything in one place with the best prices you can get.
On my last trip to Sam’s Club, I picked up a few things that were suggested by a friend in addition to my usual bulk items in addition to my usual bulk items. The first is Hidden Valley Ranch® Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix and the second one is Glad Press ‘n Seal® . Since then, I have been playing around with these two products and was even able to create this Chicken Salad with Grapes and Apples (aka Waldorf Chicken Salad) for a summer party that I was invited to last weekend.
Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe
Have you ever heard of the famous Waldorf Salad? If you haven’t, allow me to explain: Waldorf Salad was created in New York City in 1893 by Oscar Tschirky, the maitre d’hotel of the Waldorf Astoria. His original recipe was made with diced red apples, celery and mayonnaise.
In time, people added other ingredients like raisins, walnuts, and also made variations of the his mayo-based dressing by mixing it with yogurt to mostly cut down on calories. Today, Waldorf Salad is considered to be an American classic that shows up in summer menus quite often.
In my version of this Chicken Waldorf Salad recipe, I followed in the footsteps of the newcomers and added red grapes, walnuts, and pomegranate seeds for some color and sweetness.
Per my friends suggestion, I sprinkled my chicken and the mayo and yogurt dressing with Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix. It is such a nice and versatile seasoning mix that you can use on pretty much anything: fish, meat, potatoes or roasted vegetables.
For easy transportation to the party, I covered it with Glad Press ‘n Seal plastic food wrap. Guys, this stuff is magical. With a quick press of a finger, you can cover your food and seal it tightly to prevent any leaks. Plus, it is strong enough to even contain liquids and sticks to pretty much any surface.
I can’t imagine a more convenient wrap to preserve the freshness of food and to transport it to potlucks and other summer parties.
If you want to give these products a try and pay a visit to a Sam’s Club in your area. You can find your closest one here.
How To Make Waldorf Chicken Salad – A Quick How-To Video 49 seconds
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- Need more inspiration? Check out all our easy chicken recipes
Waldorf Chicken Salad
For the Chicken:
- 2 chicken breasts pat-dried with paper towel
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix
For the Dressing:
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1 teaspoon Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix
For The Salad:
- 1 apple cut into small cubes (I kept the skin on)
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 3 cups salad greens washed and spin dried
- 1 cup seedless red grapes halved
- 1 cup 2-3 medium size celery stalks, cut into small pieces
- 1 cup walnuts lightly roasted
- ½ cup pomegranate arils optional
- For the chicken: Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle it with the Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until chicken registers 165 degrees when a thermometer is inserted in the middle. Take it out of the oven and set aside to cool. Once cooled, cut into small cubes.
- To make the dressing: Whisk together mayo, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl and set aside.
- For the salad: Mix apple and lemon juice in a small bowl.
- Place salad greens in a large salad bowl. Add in apples (with lemon juice), grapes, celery, walnuts, and pomegranate arils (if using). Drizzle it with half of the dressing. Using thongs, give it a gentle toss.
- Add in the chicken and drizzle it with the rest of the dressing. Give it a toss. Taste for seasoning and add in if necessary.
- As you can see in the pictures, I used fresh seedless grapes, but if you can’t get your hands on them, you can use raisins as a substitute.
- As long as it is kept covered in the fridge, this salad is good on the next day. I usually put it in between two slices of toast and make it a Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich.
- As you can see in the recipe below, my version of the dressing is a combination of mayonnaise and yogurt. I wanted to cut down on the calories by mixing mayo with yogurt, but feel free to play around with it. If you want, you can make the dressing with only mayo or only yogurt.
- The nutrition values below are approximate values and should not be used as medical advise.