Sunday, February 28, 2010

Waldorf Chicken Salad

I LOVE the Waldorf Chicken Salad at California Pizza Kitchen, don't you? Well, I had it a couple weeks back and wanted another one the next day. Only problem, Scott's not a huge fan of CPK so he didn't want to go there every chance we got. Soooooo, he suggested I just buy the stuff and make it myself. I thought there was no way it'd compare, but it DOES & I think this tastes pretty close to the original! I've eaten it for lunch every day this week & my sister and her husband were here this week and they even had it with me a couple of days as well! The only thing I omitted was the Gorgonzola cheese on top. So if you like it, add it to this recipe.

waldorf chicken salad:

spring mix lettuce
Granny Smith apple
red seedless grapes
candied walnuts
grilled chicken breast
balsamic vinaigrette dressing

*You decide how much of each ingredient you want in your salad, so play with it, you can always add more.

(I bought the big Spring Lettuce Mix from Costco for about $4, the grilled chicken breasts strips in a 2 pack at Costco for $10, the only place I was able to find to candied walnuts was at Walmart in their baking aisle for about $2.50 & I bought the balsamic vinaigrette dressing at Sprouts)

1. In a large bowl, combine as much lettuce that you want into the bowl, cut 1/4-1/2 of your Granny Smith apple into chunks & sprinkle in bowl put the rest of the apple into a ziploc for next time, cut as many of the chicken strips as you want into chunks & sprinkle in bowl, cut red grapes in half & add to bowl, sprinkle walnuts in to bowl, pour dressing over top (a little goes a long way) & then using a spatula stir your salad in the large bowl until the dressing coats all of your lettuce and ingredients. (If you like Gorgonzola cheese you can sprinkle that on top as well).
2. Transfer your salad to another bowl and enjoy!
And if you're feeling like making the "official" CPK balsamic dressing, Steph donated the recipe for us to try! I'm salivating already.....

official CPK dressing:

1/2 C. balsamic vinegar
2 TB. dijon mustard
1 TB. minced garlic
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt

*Whisk, then slowly add 1& 1/4 cup + 2 TB. olive oil.


  1. I always order that salad there too! I have the official CPK salad dressing recipe for it from their cookbook too if you want it! (I still need to post my stromboli recipe, I know, I know!)

  2. Uh yes please! Share the "secret recipe" with us! Also, I'm glad you know, you know about the stromboli....hehehe!