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Light and Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe

posted by Michelle Verkade on January 13, 2016

Light and Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe ~ This quick and easy chicken salad recipe is low-calorie, can be made ahead of time, and perfect on a sandwich or as an appetizer! 

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Light and Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe ~ This quick and easy chicken salad recipe is low-calorie, can be made ahead of time, and perfect on a sandwich or as an appetizer!

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Today I am bringing you a quick and easy recipe for classic chicken salad. Aaaand, as an added bonus, it’s a low-calorie version! High-fives all around!

It’s the perfect recipe for those of you who are sticking strong to your health-related New Year’s resolutions (anyone out there?!). Or, if you’re like me and have had a bit of a bumpy stretch already (guys, I’m going to be transparent here—I LOVE dessert), this chicken salad recipe can help you get back on track.This quick and easy chicken salad recipe is low-calorie, can be made ahead of time, and perfect on a sandwich or as an appetizer!

With this recipe, you can have your cake and eat it too (literally, because it’s so light and healthy there’s plenty of room for cake).

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Now, I don’t know about you, but I am a huge sucker for a good chicken salad sandwich (I hope you guys are too!). There used to be this amazing bagel shop near where I lived, and their chicken salad on a sourdough bagel was to-die for! Unfortunately, the place was sold and the owners took their chicken salad recipe with them, leaving me to wish I had ordered it more often (because once a week apparently was not enough for me).Light and Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe ~ This quick and easy chicken salad recipe is low-calorie, can be made ahead of time, and perfect on a sandwich or as an appetizer!

But, this story ends on a good note! While this chicken salad is not an exact replica of the recipe, it is pretty close to it. The secret ingredient? Spicy brown mustard. The little zing in the mustard totally amps up the flavor without adding too many extra calories. It’s a win/win situation.

Light and Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe ~ This quick and easy chicken salad recipe is low-calorie, can be made ahead of time, and perfect on a sandwich or as an appetizer! This recipe is incredibly versatile as well. You can substitute any ingredients you have on into the recipe, double or triple the recipe, and even make the recipe ahead of time.

You can serve it up anyway you like it as well. If you’re low-carbing it, you can serve this salad over lettuce. If you’re gluten-free, put this salad on rice chips. Eat by itself or on a slice of bread. Or, if you want to join me in having the best sandwich in the world, put on a toasted sourdough bagel. See? You can literally do anything you want with it.

I know. It’s so easy!

Light and Healthy Chicken Salad

Preparation 10 minutes Serves About 4 Servings     adjust servings

Ingredients

    Chicken Salad

    • 2 cups chicken, cooked and diced
    • 1/4 cup celery, diced
    • 1/4 cup green grapes, cut in half
    • 1/4 cup red grapes, cut in half
    • 1/4 cup almonds, sliced
    • 2 Tbsp Greek Yogurt, plain* (or light mayonnaise)
    • 2 tsp spicy brown mustard
    • 1/2 tsp pepper
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • (optional add ins or substitutions: diced red onion, diced carrots, raisins, etc.)

    Instructions

    1. In a large bowl, mix chicken, celery, green and red grapes, and almonds together. Set aside.
    2. In a small bowl, mix together Greek yogurt (or mayo) and spicy brown mustard with all seasonings.
    3. Pour dressing over chicken mixture and stir until coated.
    4. Serve with crackers, on lettuce, or bread.
    5. Enjoy!

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    Recipe Notes

    *I like a lightly dressed chicken salad. However, if you prefer a wetter chicken salad, feel free to add more Greek Yogurt or spicy brown mustard to your taste preference.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 225kcal Calories from fat 144
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 16g25%
    Saturated Fat 4g20%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 53mg18%
    Sodium 259mg11%
    Carbohydrate 6g2%
    Dietary Fiber 1g4%
    Sugars 4g
    Protein 15g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories2000
    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

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