Chicken and Quinoa Waldorf Salad with Creamy Maple Vinaigrette

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 25, 2010

I had firsts.

Then seconds.

Then thirds.

And *maybe* fourths.

(Perhaps it’s the half marathon training and the fact that my body is just CRAVING calories! Not only am I still full-time nursing, I’ve decided to train for the San Antonio Rock n Roll Half Marathon that will take place in November.  I think I’m burning close to 3,000 calories per day. Hence *maybe* the fourth serving of this delicious quinoa salad.)

(But truth be told, I’d likely have eaten 4 bowls of this if I was not nursing and not training for this half marathon.)

Shall we move on to the ingredients?!

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Chicken and Quinoa Waldorf Salad with Creamy Maple Vinaigrette

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup white quinoa ($1.25 ) (Red quinoa would be fine too)
  • 2 cups chopped apples ($.75) From the manager’s special apples…and again, a *child who shall remain nameless* ate several before I could get them mixed in
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts ($1)
  • 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries ($.50)
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken ($1.50)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (free from Amazon using Swagbucks)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice ($.05)
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar ($.05)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise ($.20)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve with a side of green beans, steamed (from the garden)


  • Cook the quinoa in 2 parts water: 1 part quinoa ratio. Bring water to a boil, then add quinoa and reduce heat and cover. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until little ring separates from the grain.

  • Chop apples, walnuts and shred the cooked chicken. (I used some chicken from what I cooked in the slow cooker after my grocery shopping trip the other day.)
  • Prepare dressing. Whisk all dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl.

  • Toss together the cooked quinoa, chopped apples, walnuts, raisins and shredded chicken. Pour dressing over the top. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  • Wash, trim and steam the green beans for a few minutes, or until bright green.
  • Serve Chicken and Quinoa Waldorf Salad with Creamy Maple Vinaigrette and Steamed Green Beans.

Cost $4.30

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Jocelyn Stott August 25, 2010 at 6:14 pm

This looks really delicious! I think if I made it, I would leave out the mayo b/c I can’t stand the stuff, but other than that, it’s a go!


Amanda August 25, 2010 at 8:14 pm

MMMM!! Sounds good, might have to try this, thanks for sharing!


Alea August 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Perfect timing! I have leftover quinoa and couldn’t think of a creative use for it. This will be on my menu soon.


Danielle August 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Should the Quinoa be warm or chilled?? Thanks, sounds delicious!


Betty August 26, 2010 at 5:45 pm

This looks so good. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.


Laura T. August 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

It’s always great to see quinoa recipes. As a quasi-vegetarian, I’m always looking for protein substitutes, and as a high-fiber, high-protein ingredient, quinoa does just that.

We actually wrote a related post on quinoa featuring a few other recipe ideas you might be interested in (I’ve included the link above).


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy August 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I just saved this, it looks wonderful! I LOVE waldorf salad and it would be great with the maple dressing! Thanks for a new, healthy idea!


Susie H. August 31, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Oh my goodness, this was delicious! Thanks for posting this recipe.


Bronnie August 31, 2010 at 11:19 pm

This is delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe.


Melanie September 1, 2010 at 11:23 am

Oh, my, goodness. Eating this for lunch just now. Thank you SO much.


AK September 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Jocelyn Stott, have you ever tried replacing mayo with yogurt? Works wonders, I do it every time! It’s healthier too.


Heidi October 13, 2010 at 7:42 pm

This is one of my favorite new foods, so good! Thanks for the recipe!


Emily December 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

It sounds great! and it is actually $5.30. cant wait to try it!


jen August 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

We love this salad in our family. My kids can’t have mayo so I sub vanilla yogurt. It’s delicious!


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