Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

I have an inner desire to be a Southern belle. This calling has come up a few times here, always when I’m sharing a recipe that reminds me of the South and my college girlfriends from the region. Today’s Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad is one of those recipes. I never tire of eating it. It’s healthy, creamy, ultra filling, and perfect for salads and sandwiches. It also would likely horrify my friend from Alabama.

Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad with Grapes, Celery, and Fresh Dill. Creamy, cool, and crunchy! A quick, easy, healthy recipe that’s perfect for sandwiches and salads. Omit honey for the 21 Day Fix diet - Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

This Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad does not have mayo. I KNOW. I can hear my sweet Alabama gal pal, who is an aficionado of all things chicken salad, gasping in horror. Actually, she’s far too genteel for such a gesture. I’m sure she has a very polite, socially appropriate sound effect for a chicken salad recipe made without mayo, which she considers an essential condiment for creamy salads of all kinds. If I find out what it is, I’ll report back.

Although I pride myself on not being a picky eater, mayo is one food I’ve never enjoyed. When I was little, my mom couldn’t even spread it on my sister’s sandwich then use the same knife to cut mine in half without my detecting the perpetration. Since tastes can change over time, I’ve tried it a few times over the years to “check in” and make sure I still don’t enjoy it and NOPE. No mayo for this gal.

Fortunately, Greek yogurt has given me the opportunity to enjoy recipes that traditionally call for mayo, such as chicken salad, in a delicious and even healthy way. Greek yogurt is creamy and thick like mayo but with a rich, tangy flavor I find that mayo lacks. In most recipes, chicken salad included, Greek yogurt behaves exactly like mayo, making it a perfect one-to-one substitute.

Creamy Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad with dill, grapes, celery and almonds. This is the BEST chicken salad recipe. Easy and healthy! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

As an added bonus, Greek yogurt is also incredibly healthy. We’re talking high protein, calcium, and vitamins, all with little or no fat. Clearly I am a fan.

And I am also a major fan of Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad.

Chicken salad is one of those recipes that I sometimes forget about, then once I make it again, wonder why I don’t add it to my menu every single week. It’s easy, healthy, and ripe for adaptation.

I’ve experimented with many different healthy chicken salad flavor profiles (Greek yogurt curry chicken salad; Greek yogurt chicken salad with mustard; Greek yogurt chicken salad without fruit and with fruit), and I can conclusively say that, while each has its place, today’s chicken salad with Greek yogurt and dill, along with some other tasty mix-ins, is my absolute favorite.

The BEST Creamy Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad with dill, grapes, and almonds. No mayo, gluten free, and 21 day fix diet friendly. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

This Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad has it all.

  • The Creamy: Hello, Greek yogurt.
  • The Crunchy: Almonds and celery.
  • The Sweet: Grapes, plus a touch of honey.
  • The Fresh: Dill and green onion.
  • The Juicy: Plump chunks of tender (never dry!) chicken.

This Greek yogurt Chicken Salad recipe is also incredibly easy. Once the ingredients are prepped, all you need to do is stir them together and ta-da! A whole bowl of filling, healthy chicken salad goodness. Fruit, veggies, protein, and dairy: the food group gang is all here.

Healthy Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad. NO MAYO! Easy and healthy chicken salad with dill, grapes, almonds and apples. Gluten free and protein packed. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

This Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad tastes even better a few hours after it is made, so it’s perfect for parties. You can make a big bowl in the morning, then set it out at lunch, along with bread or croissants for guests to serve themselves sandwiches, which Ben’s family does often on long summer days at the lake.

I also love prepping a bowl of Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad for myself to eat for lunch throughout the week. I keep it in the fridge and enjoy either on top of salad greens or piled high on a slice of toasted multigrain bread for fast, healthy lunches.

Healthy Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad with Grapes, Celery, and Fresh Dill. Perfect for sandwiches and salads. If following the 21 day fix diet, just omit the honey. DELICIOUS! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

For a fast, easy way to cook your chicken for this Greek Yogurt Chicken salad, don’t miss yesterday’s video tutorial for how to cook shredded chicken (you can use the same method to dice).

Do you have any favorite ways of making chicken salad or must-have additions that I missed? I’d love to hear about them! Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad with Grapes, Celery, and Fresh Dill. Creamy, cool, and crunchy! A quick, easy, healthy recipe that’s perfect for sandwiches and salads. Omit honey for the 21 Day Fix diet - Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated
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Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Yield: 6 cups approx.
Prep Time:
20 mins
Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad with dill, grapes, celery, and almonds. An easy, healthy version of classic chicken salad. Creamy, cool, and crunchy!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts — (about 1 1/4 pounds or 3 small/medium breasts), 1/2-inch-diced
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes — halved
  • 3 medium stalks celery — diced (scant 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 large green onions — or 3 small/medium green onions, thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds — or slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat milk
  • 2 teaspoons  honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt — plus additional to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper — plus additional to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • Serving suggestions: whole-grain bread — croissants, lettuce leaves, crackers

Instructions

  1. Place the diced chicken, grapes, celery, green onions, and almonds in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, milk, honey, salt, and pepper. Pour over the chicken mixture and toss to coat. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as desired. If time allows, refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  2. When ready to serve, sprinkle with fresh dill. Serve as a filling for sandwiches, atop salad greens, as a dip with crackers, or simply enjoy it directly out of the bowl.

Recipe Notes

  • Leftover chicken salad will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad, Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 6), about 1 cup) — Calories: 228, Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 327mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g, Protein: 27g

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About Erin Clarke

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54 comments

  1. Oh my goodness! I’m filing this one away to make soon as this is right up my alley. I’m a no mayo gal myself and I’m from the south. I’ve used sour cream and ranch dressing over the years as a substitute, but love the Greek yogurt idea to make it healthy. I’d cringe too if my sandwich was cut with mayo on the knife! Non-mayo people unite! ?

  2. This looks wonderful…yum! I laughed at your mayo references as I totally share your aversion. When my sister and I were kids we always prayed it would not be our turn to clear the dinner table if mayo had been served. We could not even bear to put the lid on the jar and take it to the fridge! :)

  3. I’m not a fan of mayo either. I use greek yogurt in tuna salad: it’s delish & so much healthier. Love this recipe, I need to buy grapes so I can try this.

  4. Ugh mayo has grossed me out for the longest time,  the top reason why I never ate chicken or egg salad!  Thankfully greek yogurt is something I can deal with, making it possible to enjoy this creamy filling salad!

  5. Nice! Everything in that recipe seems nice and light, not too overpowering (:

  6. Shawnna Griffin Reply

    hey girl- this looks amazing!

  7. I love chicken salad but never had it with dill (which I love). I usually add tarragon to it. Love all the textures in this! Pinned!

  8. I do like mayo but I also like yogurt and think the tang would be really good in here! And you’ve got sweet and crunchy, which is a must for any chicken salad in my opinion. I’ve used grapes, cantaloupe, apples and even pineapple.

  9. Your mayo blip made me laugh!  I used to eat globs of it on my sandwiches as a kid, but don’t use it much as an adult.  I have to say though, if you’re willing to give another brand a shot, Sir Kensington’s mayo made with avocado oil is delicious.  I haven’t had mayo in my fridge for years, but got a sample of this stuff and now have a full jar.  It’s so good!  However, I will be making this chicken salad this weekend with yogurt.  I’ll save the mayo for my burger!

    • Marci, it sounds like you had the exact opposite childhood mayo experience, haha. ;) Thanks for the tip about Sir Kensington. And I hope you enjoy this version of chicken salad!

  10. This looks amazing! Would it be possible to substitute dried dill for the fresh in this recipe? I always have that on hand. Thanks!

    • Thanks so much, Kristen! The general rule of thumb is to use 1/3 the amount called for when using dried herbs instead of fresh. That said, if you have the option to use fresh, I definitely recommend it because the flavor is more pleasant, but dried will certainly work in a pinch!

  11. I tried this and it was AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

    • YAY Bridget! I’m excited to hear that you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for taking the time to report back. :)

  12. This recipe is delicious. I’m not a big fan of dill so I left it out and it is still so very tasty. Thanks for sharing recipe.

  13. Any tips for making this if I don’t have milk on hand today? Can I dilute with water, or plain kefir?

  14. Hi. What are the nutrition facts for this recipe? Looks great! 

  15. This recipe is SO delicious! The only thing I changed was adding a teaspoon dijon mustard and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. I would recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a tasty and healthy meal!

    • Stephanie, thank you so much for giving this recipe a try and reporting back with your tweaks! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  16. I love this recipe! It has everything healthy, tasty, and very flexible to adjust or expand

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Danny! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this great review.

  17. I seriously make this all the time! It’s so flavorful, healthy and easy to make!  Thanks Erin!!!!! 

    • I’m so happy to hear you love the recipe, Tracy! Thank YOU for taking the time to leave this awesome review!

  18. Oh YUM! I’ve been on the lookout for something new for lunch, that’s healthy. I get so tired of the same thing over and over again. This recipe is it! I can’t wait! Thanks for sharing it. I just love the different textures you have going on in this chicken salad.

  19. This recipe looks great. Erin, do you think I could use almond milk, rather than regular milk? Thank you.

    • Hi Nancy, I haven’t tried it myself, but the milk is a small amount and used to thin out the dressing, so subbing almond milk should work. I hope you enjoy!

  20. The minute I saw this recipe I HAD TO make it! So delicious. I did not include the nuts and only had dry dill on hand and it was fantastic. It also (for anyone who cares) is a great great recipe for the new Weight Watchers plan. Kudos for such a simple and amazing dish!

  21. Ok, honest rate here. I don’t do  Greek yogurt and have never tried grapes in my chicken salad. Just a boring country girl I guess lol, BUT I love chicken salad and was looking for something good and healthy other than using mayo. This is it!! It is delicious. I made it exactly as the recipe calls. Thank you for a great recipe.

    • WOOHOO Jackie, I’m glad to hear this recipe was a hit! Thanks for giving it a try and for taking the time to report back and share your honest feedback!

  22. Great recipe, I added 2 tablespoons of low fat mayo anyways cuz I had it on hand and it was delicious. Thank you for the great recipe! Also, avocado is usually something used to substitute mayo if you want to give it a try in your chicken salad! I tried it with another chicken salad recipe and it was great

    • Angela, I’m so glad you enjoyed the chicken salad! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your tweaks and review!

  23. Oh my goodness! I just made this for my work lunches this week. Sooooo delicious. I omitted the honey and almonds (slight almond allergy), and added a little lemon juice. It’s so yummy. I had to shove it in the fridge before I sat down and ate the whole thing! 

  24. I made this for dinner tonight, and so much yum. I’m a huge fan of chicken salad anyways, but I’m always on the look out for healthier options, and omg this is probably my new favorite chicken salad recipe. I don’t have any particular aversion to mayo, but the greek yogurt, imo, is so much better then the mayo recipes out there. so big kudo’s, I’m adding this to my recipe rotation.

    • Louise, THANK YOU! I am so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for taking time to leave this wonderful review too!

  25. Made this and it was SO DELISH!!! Loved it so much I had to share I t with my sisters, since we are all trying to eat healthier. I wasn’t sure about the Greek yogurt but it gave the chicken salad the creaminess it needs. I loved all the textures, especially the toasted almonds! Definitely saving this recipe!

  26. As said it improves with time.
    When I was young I used to make it with lightly whipped double cream – too many calories these days.

    Maybe one day people will agree on what cooking units to use. 
    How  much is a “cup”.
    The US and the UK disagree about how many fluid ounces are in a pint, while most of the world has no idea what a fluid ounce is. 

  27. I wanted to make a chicken salad but had no mayo on hand and I usually mix the mayo with yogurt anyway, so i thought I would give this recipe a go using the recipe as a base with what i had on hand. Used an organic probiotic Bulgarian yogurt which was thinner than Greek yogurt so left out the milk. The honey with this tangy yogurt was perfect! Everything’s else in the dressing was the same. I Didn’t have grapes so I used a tart apple (peeled and diced), and I used an omega trail mix for the nuts and cranberries (it also had pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and mango bits) that I chopped up a bit, and dried dill that I mixed into the dressing. It was fantastic and I wish I had made more dressing to serve on the side since I served the chicken salad with crackers and mixed greens and would have poured some dressing on the greens. 

  28. Jennifer M House Reply

    So good!!! I don’t ask my husbands opinion on food anymore because he critiques EVERYTHING. When my husband said to put this in the rotation the first time I made it I was surprised because it usually takes me a couple times to dial in a recipe before I get the final nod. This has been a hit every time I make it. I especially like how I can use Greek yogurt without it being noticeable (must be the honey). The grapes make it fresh and add moisture. I use a de-boned rotisserie chicken and its a meal I don’t have to cook! Win-Win. Thanks!!

  29. I made this tonight! I didn’t have red grapes so I used green instead. I was worried that it wasn’t going to be good as I was making it but it turned out delicious!

    Great recipe!

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