Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad w/ Cottage Cheese

How to make healthy chicken waldorf salad w/ cottage cheese, air fryer chicken & easy gluten-free spinach crepe soft tacos w/ brown rice flour. This fresh, and vibrant salad is naturally sweetened with applesauce.

How to make healthy chicken waldorf salad w/ cottage cheese, air fryer chicken & gluten-free spinach crepe soft tacos w/ brown rice flour

I’m giving a healthy twist to the classic chicken Waldorf salad with a delicious, naturally sweetened dressing that includes cottage cheese or greek yogurt. I’m showing you how easy it is to make this for your next special occasion or to keep it in your fridge and enjoy it throughout the week. It’s a great way to enjoy leftover chicken or quickly air-fry a juicy chicken breast in less than 10 minutes. And as a delicious gluten-free serving option, I’ll show you how to make beautiful spinach and brown rice flour crepes that turn your salad into a vibrant fresh taco.

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Why You’ll Love This Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe:

  • It’s nutrient-dense with cottage cheese or greek yogurt.
  • It’s naturally sweetened with applesauce without any processed white sugar.
  • The spinach crepe soft tacos are a fun and delicious way to eat this salad by hand.
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy

How Do You Make My Healthy Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe?

Step 1: Cook the Chicken

You can cook a boneless skinless chicken breast in your oven or air fryer.  Place your chicken in a plastic bag and pound it until it is an even thickness from one end to the other. Remove and place on top of the plastic bag.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Remove and place on top of the plastic bag. Spray it with avocado or olive oil. Then sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Flip the chicken over and repeat.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

OVEN METHOD:

Lay your chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 380°F for approximately 25 minutes. Flip the chicken over halfway and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165°F using a meat thermometer.

AIR FRYER METHOD:

Lightly spray the tray or basket inside your air fryer with the oil. Then lay the chicken breast in the bottom of the basket or on the tray. Cook at 380°F for 9 minutes. Flip the chicken over halfway through cooking. When the chicken is done cooking, check it with a meat thermometer to make sure it is at least 165°F throughout.

Remove the chicken from the air fryer or oven and allow it to rest on a plate for 15 minutes. Then cool the chicken in the fridge until you’re ready to add it to the salad.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 2: Toast the Nuts

You can add your favorite nuts to this salad. My favorite is cashews, and I like to toast them first. This step is entirely optional.

Add one teaspoon of butter to a frying pan over medium heat to toast your nuts of choice. Add the nuts and sprinkle with several dashes of salt. Mix the nuts for several minutes until they reach the desired toastiness. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate to cool.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3: Make the Dressing

Add the cottage cheese, applesauce, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, dried dill, garlic powder, and salt to a blender or the chopper cup of an immersion blender. Blend until smooth and then pour into a medium-sized mixing bowl.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4: Add the Chopped Ingredients

Finely dice the apples, celery, grapes, and chicken and add them to the mixing bowl. Then mix all the ingredients.

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 5: Make the Crepe Soft Tacos

Combine the spinach and milk in a blender cup and blend until smooth.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Add the blended milk, brown rice flour, eggs, oil, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder to a mixing bowl and whisk together. The batter will be slightly thicker than a crepe batter and thinner than a pancake batter.

Pour the batter into a frying pan and flip once tiny bubbles have formed across the crepe. Allow to cook on the other side until lightly brown. Remove and allow to cool on a plate. Store them in a plastic bag to maintain their moisture.

Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 6: Assemble the Salad

For a beautiful salad presentation, line a serving bowl with lettuce leaves and fill the bowl with the salad. Garnish the top of the salad with a few half-cut grapes, toasted nuts and chopped green onions.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.

Add a spoonful of salad to the soft taco and top with the garnishes. You can also serve them open-faced on a plate and eat them with a fork.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.
How to make healthy chicken waldorf salad w/ cottage cheese, air fryer chicken & gluten-free spinach crepe soft tacos w/ brown rice flour

Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad w/ Cottage Cheese or Greek Yogurt

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
How to make healthy chicken waldorf salad w/ cottage cheese, air fryer chicken & easy gluten-free spinach crepe soft tacos w/ brown rice flour. This fresh, and vibrant salad is naturally sweetened with applesauce.
5 from 2 votes
Servings 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 boneless chicken breast
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 cup cashews or nut of choice

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese or plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra light is my fave
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Spinach Crepe Soft Tacos

  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup milk almond milk is my fave
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oil light olive oil is my fave
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions
 

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast:

  • You can cook a boneless skinless chicken breast in your oven or air fryer. Place your chicken in a plastic bag and pound it until it is an even thickness from one end to the other. Remove and place on top of the plastic bag.
  • Remove and place on top of the plastic bag. Spray it with avocado or olive oil. Then sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Flip the chicken over and repeat.

OVEN METHOD:

  • Lay your chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 380°F for approximately 25 minutes. Flip the chicken over halfway and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165°F using a meat thermometer.

AIR FRYER METHOD:

  • Lightly spray the tray or basket inside your air fryer with the oil. Then lay the chicken breast in the bottom of the basket or on the tray. Cook at 380°F for 9 minutes. Flip the chicken over halfway through cooking. When the chicken is done cooking, check it with a meat thermometer to make sure it is at least 165°F throughout.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer or oven and allow it to rest on a plate for 15 minutes. Then cool the chicken in the fridge until you’re ready to add it to the salad.

Toasting the Nuts:

  • You can add your favorite nuts to this salad. My favorite is cashews, and I like to toast them first. This step is entirely optional.
  • Add one teaspoon of butter to a frying pan over medium heat to toast your nuts of choice. Add the nuts and sprinkle with several dashes of salt. Mix the nuts for several minutes until they reach the desired toastiness. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate to cool.

Salad:

  • Add the cottage cheese, applesauce, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, dried dill, garlic powder, and salt to a blender or the chopper cup of an immersion blender. Blend until smooth and then pour into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Finely dice the apples, celery, grapes, and chicken and add them to the mixing bowl. Then mix all the ingredients.
  • For a beautiful salad presentation, line a serving bowl with lettuce leaves and fill the bowl with the salad. Garnish the top of the salad with a few half-cut grapes, toasted nuts and chopped green onions.

Spinach Crepe Soft Tacos:

  • Combine the spinach and milk in a blender cup and blend until smooth.
  • Add the blended milk, brown rice flour, eggs, oil, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder to a mixing bowl and whisk together. The batter will be slightly thicker than a crepe batter and thinner than a pancake batter.
  • Pour the batter into a frying pan and flip once tiny bubbles have formed across the crepe. Allow to cook on the other side until lightly brown. Remove and allow to cool on a plate. Store them in a plastic bag to maintain their moisture.
  • Add a spoonful of salad to the soft taco and top with the garnishes. You can also serve them open-faced on a plate and eat them with a fork.

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Nutrition

Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 11gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 417mgPotassium: 333mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 818IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer, chicken, cottage cheese, crepes, salad, soft taco, spinach, waldorf
Did you make this recipe?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

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  1. Carolyn Avatar
    Carolyn

    5 stars
    I made your delicious Waldorf Chicken salad and the yummy Spinach taco.They were easier to make than I thought. I will definitely be making them again.

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      admin

      Hi Carolyn, I’m so happy to hear that! The spinach tacos are so much fun to make 🙂

  2. Carolyn Avatar
    Carolyn

    5 stars
    This is incredibly delicious. Its the best wardorf salad I’ve eaten. I especially liked it with the tasty spinach .taco.

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      admin

      Hi Carolyn, thank you so much for the feedback! I love the spinach tacos too!! 🙂

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  1. 5 stars
    I made your delicious Waldorf Chicken salad and the yummy Spinach taco.They were easier to make than I thought. I will definitely be making them again.

  2. 5 stars
    This is incredibly delicious. Its the best wardorf salad I’ve eaten. I especially liked it with the tasty spinach .taco.

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