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Healthy Chicken Salad {Gluten Free & Mayo Free}

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You will want to bookmark this recipe for the best ever Healthy Chicken Salad! This recipe is so easy, versatile, delicious, and healthy. Its also perfect for meal prep, pot lucks, picnics, or just to have something to snack on!

This healthy chicken salad has the perfect balance of savory, sweet, and a bit of crunch. The chicken salad is naturally gluten free and made without mayo, but uses Greek Yogurt to make it creamy, tangy, and add an extra boost of protein.

Dried cranberries and diced apple pieces give the chicken salad some natural sweetness, without adding added sugars. If you prefer a more savory, not-sweet-at-all chicken salad, you can leave them out; maybe try adding some pumpkin or sunflower seeds instead! I love these pepitas.

The recipe is also super customizable, for all tastes and picky eaters…

  • Chicken – for a vegan/vegetarian “chicken salad”, try using thin slices of tofu, smashed chickpeas!
  • Dried Cranberries – some sweet subs include raisins, chopped dates, or currants!
  • Sliced Almonds – any sliced nut or seed would be great here. I personally love adding these pumpkin seeds.
  • Diced Apples – any fresh fruit could work here! Sliced pear, apricot, or perhaps even some orange slices if you are really feeling adventerous.
  • Greek Yogurt – This is used in place of the more traditional Chicken Salad ingredient, mayo. You can feel free to still use mayo, or vegan yogurt (like this almond milk “yogurt”) for a vegan option.
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This Healthy Chicken Salad is a great picnic recipe, as we approach summer picnic time! Check out these other great picnic recipes on The Granola Diaries

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Healthy Chicken Salad
This healthy chicken salad has the perfect balance of savory, sweet, and a bit of crunch. It is naturally gluten free, refined sugar free, and made without mayo.
healthy chicken salad #glutenfree #nomayo #grainfree #healthychickensalad #chickensalad #healthyrecipes
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Make and shred the chicken. You can buy pre-shredded chicken, shred a pre-made chicken, or cook your chicken (poach or put in the Instant Pot for ~8 minutes), and then shred with 2 forks.
  2. Add the cooled, shredded chicken to a bowl and mix in the yogurt and rest of ingredients. Feel free to play with the ratios and add more or less of your favorites!
  3. Make a sandwich, top some toast, add to a salad, or just enjoy on its own! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Recipe Notes

This recipe is super customizable, for all tastes! Feel free to sub your favorite fruits and/or nuts and seeds for the ones listed in the recipe. 



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