Creamy Avocado Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad- a healthy spin on chicken salad with no mayonnaise involved!
You guys. I haven’t been this excited to share a recipe with you in a while. Today we’re talking chicken salad, and specifically, mayo-free, creamy avocado Greek yogurt chicken salad.It all started when I was at the grocery store last week (I know, you’re on the edge of your seat after that riveting intro). I was texting my mom while I was shopping to tell her some of the things I’d found at Earth Fare since she’s never been to one, including a great deal on an all-natural, antibiotic free rotisserie chicken.
I bought it with no real plan other than maybe using it on salads for dinner, so when she suggested making chicken salad, it sounded great except for one thing: I really dislike mayonnaise. I can just barely tolerate mayo in chicken salad, but there was no way I was going to buy a whole jar of it, especially since it’s not the healthiest condiment out there.
So, I started brainstorming what I could substitute for mayo that would add a similar creaminess to the salad. My first thought was plain Greek yogurt…and then I thought of avocado, too. So, I came up with a simple recipe that combines shredded chicken, avocado, plain Greek yogurt, lime juice, red onion, and cilantro for a healthy and unique alternative to the traditionally mayo-heavy chicken salad.
My only concern was that the avocado would quickly turn brown, which would make the chicken salad look less appetizing, even though it’d still taste the same. I ate my avocado Greek yogurt chicken salad over the course of three days, though, and there was no brown avocado to be seen. Maybe the lime juice worked some magic!
After making the recipe and calculating the nutritional info, I was surprised by how great the stats are. One serving of this avocado Greek yogurt chicken salad has 26 grams of protein with only 200 calories. On a piece of whole-grain bread or a sandwich thin, or even straight up with a spoon, this chicken salad makes a perfect lunch to pack for a picnic (at the quarry, anyone?) or an easy dinner, especially for this college girl living in an apartment this summer. Hope you enjoy!
Update January 2016: Nearly 7 months later, I’m still making a batch of this chicken salad for lunch almost every single week. It’s THAT good, and that simple to make…and the rest of my family now loves it, too!
- 3 cups shredded chicken
- 1 ripe avocado, mashed
- 2-3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon finely diced red onion
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
Stir together shredded chicken, mashed avocado, plain Greek yogurt, and lime juice. If mixture seems dry, add another spoonful of Greek yogurt.
Add diced red onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cilantro, and stir to combine. Taste to adjust spices to your preference.
Serve on wheat bread or a sandwich thin, with crackers, or enjoy by itself.
I used a small rotisserie chicken to save time.
To tell if an avocado's ripe, gently squeeze it. It should feel just slightly squishy.
Calories: 200 Total fat: 10g Saturated fat: 2g Carbs: 3g Fiber: 3g Protein: 26g