This easy Greek yogurt chicken salad uses protein-rich Greek yogurt instead of mayo. It’s lighter in calories, but still loaded with flavor.

I love chicken salad! Like really love. It’s so simple to make and can be eaten a million different ways, which makes it perfect for meal prep!

Bowl of chicken salad made with celery and grapes.

No Mayo, No Problem

Chicken salad is traditionally made with mayonnaise, but if you have an egg allergy or simply aren’t a fan of mayo, I’ve got you covered!

I often use plain, full-fat Greek yogurt as a sub for mayo in my recipes and I find it typically works out quite well. The consistency is pretty similar and Greek yogurt has less fat and calories and more protein.

Mixing bowl with ingredients for Greek yogurt chicken salad before being mixed. Ingredients in the bowl are grapes, celery, parsley, greek yogurt, red onion, almonds and chicken.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Ingredients

This recipe includes all the typical things you find in chicken salad, but with Greek yogurt instead of the mayo! Here’s what you need:

  • shredded chicken – use rotisserie chicken for a shortcut here or use my foolproof method for slow cooker shredded chicken.
  • grapes – I love using fresh grapes, but you could also substitute for raisins or even dried cranberries
  • celery and red onion – these add a nice crunch to the salad
  • plain Greek yogurt – you can use whatever fat level you like for the yogurt. I buy full-fat for my daughter so that’s typically what I use. If you’re dairy-free, feel free to use dairy free yogurt as a sub.
  • salted almonds – you can swap for a different nut if you don’t like almonds or have an allergy.
  • dijon mustard
  • fresh parsley – if you’ve never added fresh herbs to your chicken salad you’re missing out! I love fresh parsley, but fresh dill is also amazing!
  • sea salt and pepper
Bowl of chicken salad made with celery and grapes.

How to Make Chicken Salad

Ready for the easiest recipe ever? It’s basically just one step…

Combine ingredients: Add chicken, grapes, chopped celery, onion, yogurt, almonds, mustard, parsley, pepper and salt into a large bowl. Toss to combine.

Serve or store: Enjoy right away or chill before serving.

Bowl of chicken salad made with celery and grapes.

How to Make Chicken Salad for Babies

Since I’ve been sharing some of the recipes I make for Olivia (like homemade baby food combos), I thought I’d also share how I make “baby chicken salad” for her. She loves it and eats it right up! Here’s how to make it:

  • 3/4 cup shredded chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons full fat plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley (for color and flavor)
  1. Finley chop up the shredded chicken and fresh parsley.
  2. Combine the chopped chicken, Greek yogurt and parsley in a bowl. Serve it up to your babe for lunch or dinner. I’ve been giving this to Liv for lunch with fresh raspberries and bananas and she’s been eating almost the full plate!

Prepping and Storing Chicken Salad

Like I mentioned above, chicken salad is the perfect meal prep recipe! Double or triple this recipe for healthy meals and snacks all week long. After mixing all of the ingredients together, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The salad will keep for 3-5 days.

Bowl of chicken salad made with celery and grapes.

How to Serve Chicken Salad

I love how diverse chicken salad is! Here are some serving suggestions:

  • With crackers for a snack or an appetizer. Try my almond flour crackers.
  • On bread or in a wrap for a sandwich. (I like adding some extra greens!)
  • Over a bed of greens for a meal-sized salad.

More Protein Salad Recipes to Try

If you’re looking for more protein-rich salad recipes, here are some of my favorites:

If you make this Greek yogurt chicken salad be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting us know how it turned out for you. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and our readers!

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Bowl of chicken salad made with celery and grapes.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This healthy chicken salad recipe uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo so it’s lighter in calories, but still loaded with flavor from the grapes, celery, parsley and almonds.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt + more if needed
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped salted almonds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients: Add chicken, grapes, chopped celery, onion, Greek yogurt, almonds, mustard, parsley, pepper and salt into a large bowl.
    Mixing bowl with ingredients for Greek yogurt chicken salad before being mixed. Ingredients in the bowl are grapes, celery, parsley, greek yogurt, red onion, almonds and chicken.
  2. Mix: Toss to combine. Taste and add more yogurt, salt and pepper, if needed.
    Mixing bowl with a spoon stirring chicken salad studded with celery and grapes.
  3. Serve: Enjoy right away or chill before serving. Serve with crackers for a snack or appetizer, on bread or a wrap for a sandwich or over a bed of greens.
  4. To store: Place salad in an airtight container in the fridge. The salad will keep for 3-5 days.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 360
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 471mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 35g
  • Cholesterol: 254mg

Keywords: greek yogurt chicken salad

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Recipe rating

    18 comments
    1. Robyn
      April 19, 2021 AT 12:49 am

      this salad is so good! I normally don’t like chicken salad, but this is seriously so good!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 19, 2021 AT 10:22 am

        Woo!! So happy this chicken salad was a hit, Robyn! Thanks for making it and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me.

    2. Robyn
      April 11, 2021 AT 5:42 pm

      honestly can’t believe this is so good! I haven’t ever been a chicken salad fan, but this is just so good!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 12, 2021 AT 12:21 pm

        So glad you loved this chicken salad, Robyn! Thanks for the review! It means the world to me.

    3. Marie F
      March 18, 2021 AT 9:04 pm

      Great recipe, tasted amazing, yumm! For a variation for the next day’s serving, I also added a bit of rosemary which tastes really good with chicken salad, and also added diced walnuts which are really healthy ~thanks for such a great -and healthier recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 19, 2021 AT 11:48 am

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Marie. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Jessica
      March 14, 2021 AT 11:01 pm

      Amazing delish and a huge hit with 3 kiddos! Left out the almonds and sub dill because I ran out of parsley! Yum yum keep these amazing recipes coming. I am so grateful for all this awesome info!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 15, 2021 AT 3:07 pm

        So glad this salad was a hit with your kiddos. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it, Jessica.

    5. Ashley
      February 28, 2021 AT 5:13 pm

      Easy and delicious! Used walnuts since I had them on hand, and made the shredded chicken in the crockpot beforehand.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:16 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Ashley. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    6. Renee
      February 27, 2021 AT 7:14 pm

      This was amazing! The only thing I will do differently next time is to add a few more grapes. The chopped salted almonds were a surprising crunch!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:37 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Renee! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

        1. Renee Galligher
          March 6, 2021 AT 3:07 pm

          It was so delicious I made it again! Yourvtuna salad recipe too. The use of Greek yogurt is ingenious.

    7. Mary
      February 24, 2021 AT 10:18 am

      I am not a mustard fan….can you recommend a substitute?
      Thank you!

      1. Renee
        February 27, 2021 AT 7:15 pm

        The dijon is subtle, so subtle you really can’t taste it.

      2. Brittany Mullins
        February 24, 2021 AT 3:45 pm

        You can use more Greek yogurt or mayo. The mustard does add great flavor to the chicken salad I will say, but it should be fine without. 🙂

    8. Lexi
      February 22, 2021 AT 5:56 pm

      Tastes amazing! Can’t wait to incorporate this into my meal planning during the week. So easy and so delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 22, 2021 AT 9:36 pm

        I’m so glad you loved this recipe, Lexi. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it.

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