I’m a little obsessed with chicken salads.

Ok, a lot obsessed.

The most recent obsession was inspired by a lunch from Clementine, a cute little cafe a few blocks away from my office. I love getting 2 or 3 of their fresh and seasonal salads from the deli case. Everything I’ve had has been great, and I had heard good things about the chicken salad on their fall menu. I never pass up chicken salad and this one did not disappoint.

As I was eating, I realized that there are reasons that restaurants and cafes have ridiculously delicious chicken salads:

  • Not as many veggies. I always try to cram in WAY too many veggies. There is something to be said about some veggies for crunch, but I usually overdo it.
  • Real Mayo. Not light, and definitely not fat-free. Sigh. Oh and lots of it never hurts.
  • Shredded chicken. It has to be shredded in my opinion, cubed chicken just isn’t the same.

I’m not really sure why I’m considering this a fall chicken salad (the apples?) but apples are a fall fruit and I’m finally ready to embrace fall so just go with it, ok?

In order to get the “lots of mayo” flavor without all of the calories, I used a combination of reduced-fat mayonnaise and greek yogurt which ended up being the perfect amount of each. The salad will last 3-4 days in the fridge – perfect for a week of lunches!

Nutrition Facts:
 

Fall Chicken Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: entree salad sandwich gluten-free high protein low-carb soy-free sugar-free chicken fall

 

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • salt, pepper, rosemary
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery (about 1 stalk celery)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced apple (about 1 small apple)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (about 4 onions)
  • 4 cups shredded chicken (about 2 chicken breasts)

Instructions

Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, and seasonings.

Mix in celery, apple, green onion and chicken.

Serve in sandwiches, on greens or eat on its own!

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