Healthy Chicken Salad
Healthy Chicken Salad

Healthy Chicken Salad

April 18, 2016

This recipe has a lot of ingredients, but comes together quickly & makes a great summertime meal. This also makes 4 to 5 delicious chicken salad sandwiches on your favorite bread. Whenever possible use organic ingredients.

Serves: 2 to 3

Ingredients

3 Tblsp plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

3 Tblsp Smart Balance light mayonnaise

1 Tblsp Boar's Head horseradish sauce

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp chopped fresh basil (about 2 lg leaves) or 1/4 tsp dried

1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 clove garlic, minced (ok to use 1/2 tsp minced garlic in a jar) or 1/4 tsp granulated garlic powder

1/2 tsp kosher salt

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

1 cup cooked chicken meat, hand tear off the bone for a nice texture (see Tip# 1)

1/3 cup bok choy (white stem) or celery, sliced thick

1/4 cup scallion sliced 1" thick or red onion chopped medium

8 large pitted black olives, halved

1 sm carrot, deeply cut into short strips using a potato peeler (about 1/3 cup packed)

1 cup broccoli florets, large bite-sized

1/8 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup pecan halves or chopped (substitute another nut of your choice like walnuts or almonds)

2 tsp chia seeds

For serving: 4 Boston lettuce leaves or handfuls of organic superfood greens (generally baby kale, spinach & chard)

Directions

1 Mix the first 9 ingredients (yogurt through black pepper) in a medium glass bowl till well combined. Cover & refrigerate till you finish prepping the other ingredients.

2 Image: Prepped ingredients.

3 Add remaining ingredients (chicken through chia seeds) to yogurt mixture & toss gently till combined. Cover & refrigerate 4 to 8 hours to allow the ingredients to marry & attain maximum flavor.

4 Stack 2 lettuce leaves on each plate or a hefty handful of super food greens. Add chicken salad atop the lettuce or greens & serve.

Healthy Chicken Salad

Tips & Suggestions

1 For the cooked chicken meat; pull the meat off a 1/4 of a rotisserie cooked grocery store chicken...this will yield the 1 cup needed. You can also use leftover chicken or turkey meat or cook up a boneless, skinless chicken breast.

2 If you have one, use a Foodsaver or other brand of vacuum sealer machine to seal the remaining rotisserie chicken, label, date & freeze.

3 Use the green leafy part of the bok choy as part of the serving greens. Tear it up & add it to the chicken salad or save it to use in a salad, it should last about a week in the frig.

4 Add 1/3 cup of any fresh vegetable you need to use up, such as red bell pepper cut into short strips or raw asparagus spears (cut off woody part of stem) & cut into thirds.

5 Chicken salad will last in frig about 2 days. Do not freeze.

6 If you have a hard time finding certain herbs, spices & seasonings or you just want to save a lot of money, check out my favorite online source... SpicesForLess.com.

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