Monday, May 18, 2015

Meal Prep: Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

I really love chicken salad and I always have. However, I'm not the hugest fan of mayonnaise. I like it on turkey sandwiches and a few other places but thinking about it too much can easily make me do a bitter beer face in disgust. And on top of all of that, I know it's incredibly unhealthy. So thank you greek yogurt for eliminating the ick factor as well as amping up the protein for the meal. I know it may sound kinda weird but I really can't stress enough how much you won't notice the absence of mayo in this version.
  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Red Onion
  • Fresh Basil
  • Crunchy red apples
  • Jalapeño 
  •  Grapes
  • Raw Almonds
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Lemon
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
As this is kind of a "throw all together and mix in one bowl" type of thing, I didn't put measurements because frankly, I didn't use them. Mix as little or as much as you want of each component. Here's how I put it altogether:
^Chopped, cut & diced all these bad boys.
^Dried cranberries are definitely a rare treat for me (I tend to avoid dried fruit due to added sugar).
 ^All that jalapeño makes for some mighty fine spice

^Rotisserie chicken, all the veggies & the gorgeous ruffage
 ^Throw the chicken, veggies into a bowl and mix around.
^Add the cranberries & chopped almonds.
^Squeeze lemon juice over the mixture.
^Top with Greek Yogurt and mix altogether. As this is not a measured out recipe, enact the safest policy: Start with a small amount of yogurt, mix and then see if you need to add a little more.
^Done!!! Just add some salt & pepper to taste. Again: I really, really promise, you won't even notice it's not mayonnaise.
^How I pack the salad for lunches: Chicken salad in to-go containers with Dave's Killer Thin-Sliced 60-cal Bread in saran wrap for easy assembly at the office.

Accompanying Snacks:
|Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Greek Yogurt, Almonds & Berries w/ a hard-boiled egg | 
|Snacks: Grapes, Apricot, Orange Slices & Broccoli Florets w/ Edamame.|

Happy prepping!


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I have the worst time doing recipes on my blog because I don't really measure either aside from baking. I approximate and then that's the approximation I share. LOL

Great idea to use Greek Yogurt instead of mayo!

Pat Hatt said...

My ocd really liked how everything was all nice and neat and in rows at the start lol just had to point that out.

BLovedBoston said...

I love using greek yogurt instead of mayo and I actually use the one with honey so it actually gives it a bit of a sweeter taste - so delish! Love everything you add into yours! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

I feel like I'm the only person who likes mayo. My husband HATES it. So we rarely use it anyway. I'm not a huge fan of chicken though. I like to use avocado in place of mayo, it's creamy, yummy and good for you!

Jax said...

Your chicken salad sounds divine (minus the jalapenos)! I love the idea of using fresh chicken instead of the yucky canned meat and avocado. :)

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Steph- ha, ya- I don't intend my blog to be a recipe resource. More so just some ideas to throw around!

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Pat - thanks, Pat! You know I did that for the sake of the blog... (bows head in shame)

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@BLovedBoston- yes, it works great!

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Kristen- I know, it's a food that basically disgusts most people. I even eat it, I'm just happy to replace it when I can.

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Jax - oooo, avocado would have been good!