Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
I have an inner desire to be a southern beauty. This call has come up several times here, always when I share a recipe that reminds me of the south and my college friends in the area. Today’s Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad is one of those recipes. I can’t get enough of eating it. It’s healthy, creamy, super filling, and perfect for salads and sandwiches. It would probably also horrify my friend from Alabama.
This healthy chicken salad recipe no mayo. I KNOW. I can hear my sweet girlfriend from ******, who is fond of chicken salad, gasping in horror. In fact, she is too distinguished for such a gesture. I’m sure she has a very polite and socially appropriate sound effect for a chicken salad recipe without mayo, which she considers an essential condiment for creamy salads of all kinds. If I find out what it is, I’ll report it.
Although I pride myself on not being a picky eater, mayonnaise is a food that I have never enjoyed. When I was little, my mom couldn’t even spread it on my sister’s sandwich and then use the same knife to cut mine in half without me detecting the commission. Since tastes can change over time, I have tried it several times over the years to “check-in” to make sure I still don’t like and NOPE. No mayonnaise for this girl.
Fortunately, Greek yoghurt gave me a chance to try recipes that traditionally call for mayo, like chicken salad, in a delicious and even healthy way. Greek yoghurt is creamy and thick like mayonnaise, but with a rich, tangy taste, mayonnaise is missing. In most recipes, including chicken salad, Greek yoghurt behaves exactly like mayonnaise, making it a perfect substitute.
As a bonus, Greek yoghurt is incredibly healthy too. We are talking about protein, calcium, and rich vitamins, all with little or no fat. I’m clearly a fan.
And I’m also a huge fan of Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad.
Chicken salad is one of those recipes that I sometimes forget, and then once I make it again, I wonder why I don’t add it to my menu every week. It’s easy, healthy, and ready to adapt.
I have experimented with many healthy chicken salad flavour profiles (curried greek yogurt chicken salad; mustard greek yogurt chicken salad; fruitless greek yogurt chicken salad with fruit), and I can conclusively state That while everyone has their place, today’s Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt and Dill, along with other flavorful mixes, is my favourite.
This chicken salad recipe is also incredibly easy. Once the ingredients are ready, all you need to do is mix them and ta-da! A full bowl of whole healthy chicken salad. Fruits, veggies, protein, and dairy – the food group gang is here.
You can make a large bowl in the morning and then leave it for lunch, along with bread or croissants for customers to serve themselves sandwiches, something Ben’s family often does on long summer days by the lake.
I also like to make a plate of chicken salad for lunch during the week. I keep it in the fridge and enjoy it on green salads or stacked on a slice of toasted multigrain bread for quick, healthy breakfasts.
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
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How bad is chicken salad for you?
Depending on the ingredients you use (and in how many!), Chicken salad can definitely be a healthy and nutritious option. The amount of mayonnaise you use is the most important factor in determining the health of your chicken salad, since the spread is high in saturated fat and calories.
How do I substitute mayo for Greek yogurt?
SWITCH 1 cup of mayonnaise FOR 1 cup of Greek yogurt. Try this change by making a tuna or egg salad. You can also try it in a potato or pasta salad like in my Parsnip and Edamame Potato Salad and Tomato, Pepper and Olive Pasta Salad from my The Greek Yogurt Kitchen cookbook.
Is Greek yogurt better than mayo?
Nonfat Greek yogurt is much lower in calories and fat than mayonnaise or sour cream, but it has a fairly similar consistency. You may want to play with the spices and seasonings, but by swapping in, you can cut down on the fat and add extra protein.
Is tuna salad or chicken salad better for you?
“Tuna has only 35 calories per ounce and is packed with omega-3s, but mayonnaise has 100 calories per tablespoon,” Zuckerbrot said. … Even chicken salad is better than tuna salad because the tuna is so thin that the mayo has much more surface to fill.
What’s a healthy substitute for mayonnaise?
Greek Yogurt – Spicy and tangy like mayonnaise, it also has the same texture. Substitute mayonnaise for Greek yogurt in sauces and dressings. Like this Green Goddess Dressing, Smoked Salmon and Green Bean Salad with Dill Sauce. Save 90 calories, 11 g of fat, and 85 mg of sodium per tablespoon.
Is Sour cream healthier than mayo?
Although store-bought sour cream is 18 to 20 percent fat, it still has less fat than mayonnaise. A single serving of sour cream has about half the calories and fat content of mayonnaise. The difference is even greater if you use light or low-fat sour cream.
Can I use yoghurt instead of mayonnaise?
Yes, You can use yoghurt.