Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

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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!

 

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

4 from 22 votes
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.
Bowl of chicken salad made with celery and grapes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 2

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
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To store: Place salad in an airtight container in the fridge. The salad will keep for 3-5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/2 cups Calories: 360kcal Carbohydrates: 13g Protein: 35g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 254mg Sodium: 471mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 9g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: greek yogurt chicken salad

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Recipe Rating




    24 comments
    1. Alyssa Bushman
      July 4, 2021 AT 1:45 am

      5 stars
      SO SO GOOD. I think I might like this recipe better than the one I’ve used over the years because it is a healthier option and tastes just as good if not better!! Big fan, must try.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 5, 2021 AT 11:33 am

        Ah yay! I love hearing this, Alyssa! I’m so glad this recipe was a success. Thanks so much for tying it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Teresa
      June 26, 2021 AT 4:50 pm

      5 stars
      Made this for a bridal shower I hosted. Everyone loved it! I’m making it again just for me to enjoy it – the grapes really make it.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2021 AT 12:15 pm

        Woo! So glad this chicken salad was a success, Teresa! Thanks for the review!!

    3. Jenn
      June 20, 2021 AT 9:06 pm

      5 stars
      I didn’t have all the mix-ins on hand, but the Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard and parsley combo made a delicious chicken salad. I served it on a bell pepper. Will make again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2021 AT 10:47 am

        I’m so glad this chicken salad was a hit, Jenn! Thanks so much for making it and coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Robyn
      April 19, 2021 AT 12:49 am

      5 stars
      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.

    5. 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.

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