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healthy chicken salad in a large white bowl with butter lettuce leaves on the side

Healthy Chicken Salad

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Healthy Chicken Salad is a simple stir-together recipe made with Greek Yogurt, dried cranberries and toasted nuts. It is lower in calories but has great classic chicken salad flavor!


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  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or honey (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon or 1 teaspoon fresh (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Generous pinch celery salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 2/3 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
  • Chopped chives or sliced green onions for garnish, optional


  1. Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, sugar, tarragon, salt , celery salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Add chicken, celery, cranberries and pecans (or walnuts) and stir until completely coated. Serve immediately sprinkled with chives if desired or chill.


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. If the dressing becomes a little watery, simply stir the chicken salad well then serve with a slotted spoon. If prepping ahead, wait to add the nuts until just before serving because for the best texture.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: na
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 3/4
  • Calories: 329
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 22 g
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