Juliet’s Chicken salad

Juliet's Chicken Salad is my twist on the classic, healthier and full of flavor.
adding almonds to Juliets chicken salad

Chicken salad is one of my favorite quick meals.
My recipe for Juliet’s chicken salad has a few substitutions, but I think you will like the spin I put on it.
Since it is my recipe for chicken salad, we’re calling it Juliet’s chicken salad.
It seems weird to refer to myself in the 3rd person, so I won’t keep repeating my name 🙂

My chicken salad is great with leftover grilled chicken.
Chicken thighs are my preference, they have more flavor, but chicken breast will totally work.

Juliet's chicken salad

You can even pick up a rotisserie chicken and use that!

Now for the recipe.
My recipe is a bit different than most chicken salad recipes.

The first thing you will notice is that I do not use mayo.
I have never been fan of mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip).

Instead of traditional mayonnaise, I use Greek Yogurt in my chicken salad.

I try to use Greek yogurt as a substitute in quite a few recipes.

It has less fat and less calories with more protein than mayonaise.

My favorite brand of Greek yogurt is Fage, with Oikos coming in at a close second (my apologies to John Stamos).


Here’s what you need to make my chicken salad:

  • 2 Cooked chicken thighs (or chicken breast)
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/4 medium white onion
  • 1/4 C. sliced almonds
  • 1/4 C. dark sweet cherries (or dried tart cherries)
  • 1/2 C. Greek yogurt
  • 1 TBSP chopped parsley
  • Salt / Pepper to taste

Chop [or shred] 2 grilled chicken thighs and add to a large bowl.

chopped chicken for Juliet's chicken salad

Slice 2 celery stalks, rough chop the parsley and dice 1/4 medium white onion.

Then add to them all to the bowl with the chopped chicken.


Chicken salad is one of those things that is fun to put your own spin on.
Greek Yogurt is my first major change from the traditional.

Some people add grapes, others add dried cranberries to their chicken salad.
As for me, I add dark sweet cherries (YUM!).
You can also used dried tart cherries.

My preferred dark sweet cherries are from Trader Joe’s because they don’t add anything, like SUGAR.

They add a nice punch of flavor, a bit sweet and a bit tart – kinda like me!

dark sweet cherries Trader Joe's Juliet's chicken salad

Roughly chop 1/4 cup dried tart cherries and toss them in the bowl with the rest of our ingredients.

Add 1/4 C. almonds to the bowl.

last but not least, fold in 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and gently mix it all together.

Once the ingredients are all mixed together, salt & pepper to taste.

OR, if you want to kick it up a notch, I love this spice mix from The Gourmet Collection.
Sprinkle a bit in and mix it up, you will thank me
A bit of garlic and red pepper – there is also black pepper in the mix.
It kicks it up a notch.

That’s it – wasn’t that easy?

You can eat Juliet’s chicken salad right away or let it sit for an hour so that all the flavors and marinate together.

Then top a crostini, slice apple or some greens.

I slathered some lemon olive oil on my favorite rosemary puglise bread and grilled it.

Doesn’t it look DELICIOUS?
If you have any left over, store it in a covered dish in the fridge.

Ohhh, I think the chicken salad is even better the next day.

Juliet's chicken salad

I hope you enjoy my spin on chicken salad.
You can also have a bit fun with the recipe and change it up to make it your own.

It goes great with my watermelon salad, too. You can get that recipe over here.
Don’t forget to pin the recipe and save it for later.

Juliet's chicken salad

Juliet's Chicken salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Juliet's chicken salad is a delight served topping crostini, a slice of apple or in a sandwich.

With greek yogurt and tart cherries, my twist on the traditional chicken salad will soon become a family favorite for quick supper, bbq's, picnics and potlucks.

Ingredients

  • 2 grilled chicken thighs
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/4 medium white onion
  • 1/4 C. almonds
  • 1/4 C. dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 C. Greek yogurt
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

    Chop [or shred] 2 grilled chicken thighs and add to a large bowl.
    Slice 1 celery stalk and dice 1/4 medium white onion, add to bowl with chicken.
    Roughly chop 1/4 cup dried tart cherries, add to bowl with chicken.
    Add 1/4 C. almonds and fold in 1/2 cup Greek yogurt.
    Gently fold mix.
    salt & pepper to taste.

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