The other day I got a craving for chicken salad, which is rather strange considering I have never had it before. The reason I’ve never had it before is that it normally has celery in it. Celery makes me want to cry. I hate it. With a passion. I could probably write you a short novel on my hatred of celery, but I will refrain. The abridged version can be summed up like this: I think celery is pure evil and disgusting and I hate it and it is so gross and will act like a 3-year-old and refuse to eat anything with it in it, on it, or touching it. Ewwwww. Since I am making this chicken salad there will be no celery. Anywhere. Ever.
Once I was able to get the thought of celery out of my mind, I was able to really get into this chicken salad. I am fairly certain using greek yogurt made it a lot better than using all mayonnaise. mayonnaise has a time and a place, but I really enjoyed the tanginess the yogurt had. I did include a bit a mayo to give it a little bit of extra creaminess. The one thing I forgot is that greek yogurt is a lot thicker than mayo. I probably should have added in more lemon juice to thin it out a bit more. Other that that everything was perfect. I really liked the sweetness and texture the grapes and cherries added. The cherries were a last second impulsive add-in. They were just sitting right in front of me when opened the cupboard. They seemed like a good idea at the time and they were. I really liked this as a salad with lettuce. They extra creamy yogurt meant I didn’t need any extra dressing. It made a refreshing and filling lunch. I will say the thing I think that made this salad was the chicken. I used the leftover baked chicken I shared last week. I know I went on and on about how great the fresh herbs were on that chicken. The fresh herbs really, really made this salad taste amazing.
The Best Chicken Salad
- 2 cups diced chicken
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 cup seedless green grapes, sliced
- 3 green onions, with some green, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces, chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Dash pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salad greens
- Sliced avocado
- Combine the diced chicken with 1/3 cup yogurt, sour cream, sliced grapes, sliced green onions, walnuts, cherries, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and lemon juice. Stir in the lemon juice. Serve the chicken salad mixture on salad greens and garnish with sliced avocado.