A healthy recipe for Waldorf salad wraps that are easy to make and the best for quick lunches! Made with classic ingredients like fresh chicken, walnuts, grapes, apples, and celery but placed into a wrap for a handheld sandwich!
I’ve been making traditional chicken salad for years. Thick chunks of diced chicken breasts mixed with a little bit of mayonnaise, sliced grapes, bites of celery, and crunchy walnuts are what make a chicken salad perfect.
What is in a classic Waldorf salad
It wasn’t until a few years later did I realize that my classic chicken salad recipe was actually similar to one of my favorite salads, a Waldorf salad.
The Waldorf salad is made up of many of the same ingredients: chicken, celery, grapes, walnuts, with the addition of apples. It is typically served over a bed of lettuce or on a sandwich.
For this particular recipe, we stuff ours into a flour tortilla and we may be biased, but this Waldorf salad wrap is our favorite way to eat it.
Can you make Waldorf salad wraps ahead of time?
You can prepare the salad once, and then eat it throughout the week! A good salad for meal prep that doesn’t take long to whip up is exactly what we like.
You can even prepare the wraps in this post for up to three days before eating. They will stay good, especially if you place a piece of lettuce in-between the Waldorf salad and the flour tortilla.
And don’t forget the walnuts! They are my favorite part because they add that much needed crunch, along with a little bit of healthy fat for some staying power!
Why eating lunch is important
In an effort to rally America to recommit to lunch, California Walnuts has launched the Choose Lunch Campaign. A campaign focused on taking back that time spent elsewhere, when we often tell ourselves we are ‘too busy’ for a lunch break.
When it comes to taking a break, millennials are often the ones skipping lunch the most. 2 in 3 millennials claim that they often skip lunch to ‘get ahead’ at work.
Not great! That’s why I’m so excited to partner with California Walnuts to help spread the word about the importance of taking a lunch break, eating a nutritious meal, and in turn, feeling recharged and focused for the rest of the afternoon.
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Why use walnuts?
I love using walnuts in basically any meal. It seems like they are always perfect for any sweet OR savory dish, which is why I always keep a bag of them on hand in my pantry.
Walnuts are the only nut to contain a significant amount of the plant-based omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (2.5 grams/ounce). One ounce of walnuts also offers four grams of protein, two grams of fiber, and is a good source of magnesium (10% DV) (source).
How to make Waldorf salad wraps
Making these Waldorf salad wraps is super easy. You can choose to use any type of chicken you want. I’ve made this salad before with a store-bought rotisserie chicken, cooked chicken thighs, and baked chicken breasts.
The easiest part about it is that all you really need to do is chop everything up, then mix it all together, throw it into the wrap, and you’re done!
Start by throwing your diced chicken breasts, apples, grapes (all diced) in a bowl with finely chopped celery and walnuts. Add in your mayonnaise, salt, and pepper and stir until well combined.
On a large flour tortilla, add the lettuce of your choosing. We used spinach here but romaine and butter lettuce work great, too! Add in about 3/4 cup of the prepared Waldorf chicken salad and roll!
Make your wrap stay shut
One tip for getting your wrap to stay shut is to place the bottom side (the one with the flap) onto a hot stove-top pan after it has been rolled. Press down gently on the top of your wrap with a spatula and let the bottom ‘cook’ on high heat for about 60 seconds. This will seal the flap to the outside wrap, making it easier to hold and to keep the filling inside.
Picture a burrito that has just been wrapped. Now flip it over and seal the bottom by heating it over a pan. That is the same thing you will want to do with your Waldorf salad wrap.
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- 2 cups cooked chicken, diced
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup diced apple
- 3/4 cup sliced grapes
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- salt + pepper to taste
- flour tortillas
- 1 cup lettuce or spinach
- In a large bowl, mix together chicken, walnuts, apple, grapes, and celery.
- In a small bowl, mix together mayo, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Add the mayo mixture to the chicken mixture and stir till combined.
- Lay your tortillas out flat and add about 1/2 cup lettuce to each tortilla.
- Add in about 1/2-3/4 cup chicken salad per each tortilla and roll up tightly.
- To hold together, use a toothpick or press the fold of the tortilla onto a hot pan to seal it shut using a spatula.
- Cut and serve!
- Store leftover Waldorf salad in fridge for up to one week.
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