California Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing

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This healthy take on the classic California Chicken Salad makes for a delicious meal! Made with grapes, celery, nuts and grilled chicken served atop a bed of romaine lettuce, all tossed in a lightened-up creamy yogurt dressing.

California Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing - This take on the classic California Chicken Salad makes for a healthier, delicious meal with grapes, celery, nuts and grilled chicken served atop a bed of romaine lettuce, all tossed in a lightened-up creamy yogurt dressing.

A HEALTHY AND EASY CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE

It’s Chicken Salad TIME! It’s Lunch. It’s a snack. It’s Dinner. It’s a Picnic!

Also? The only salad to prove to my Mom that fruit and chicken belong together, especially in a salad. I mean, just LOOK at that beauty! LOVE IT!

HEY HEY Friends! Happy Monday! Cheers to a new week! I hope your week started off with a meeting in your manager’s office, discussing your super deserved promotion.
OR! I hope you’re on a beach, getting your tan-on with a SPF 100.

Sitting on the couch with the iPad in your hands? That’s also just as good! That’s what I’m doing!

California Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing - This take on the classic California Chicken Salad makes for a healthier, delicious meal with grapes, celery, nuts and grilled chicken served atop a bed of romaine lettuce, all tossed in a lightened-up creamy yogurt dressing.

I am SO excited to tell you about a combination that I adore. I’m possibly more excited about this than I am about chocolate and peanut butter. Possibly…

Chicken and grapes in a salad, be still my heart.

First. Cold, firm grapes… oh, my. It’s all in the crunch. I sometimes freeze them and throw ’em in a glass of Chardonnay. My OH my! Other times, I pair them up with feta cheese and enjoy a caprese salad, Macedonian-style. Try it – it’s a.may.zing!

California Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing - This take on the classic California Chicken Salad makes for a healthier, delicious meal with grapes, celery, nuts and grilled chicken served atop a bed of romaine lettuce, all tossed in a lightened-up creamy yogurt dressing.

WHAT IS CALIFORNIA CHICKEN SALAD?

But then, then, once upon a time (a loooong time ago…) I was introduced to a California Chicken Salad and the world stood still. It was the classic kind. The mayo-heavy one, sans lettuce, and it was kind of awesome.

Even better though? Ditching the mayo. Seriously. Besides, it looks like lard and that’s enough for me to look away. I haven’t had mayo in over 10+ years. Yogurt is my BFF. If you’ve known me for five minutes, you know this to be true. You love it, too?? See! I know what you like.

California Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing - This take on the classic California Chicken Salad makes for a healthier, delicious meal with grapes, celery, nuts and grilled chicken served atop a bed of romaine lettuce, all tossed in a lightened-up creamy yogurt dressing.

You know what else you might like?
Homemade and creamy yogurt salad dressing?! YES!
Cold, firm grapes? YEEEES!
Crunchy Celery? CHECK!
Nuts?! YAY!
Green onions? HEY HEY!
Grilled chicken that you didn’t have to grill/bake/cook because your rotisserie chicken leftovers are so dang good?! And cooking on Monday should be illegal? HECK YEAH!

California Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing - This take on the classic California Chicken Salad makes for a healthier, delicious meal with grapes, celery, nuts and grilled chicken served atop a bed of romaine lettuce, all tossed in a lightened-up creamy yogurt dressing.

Well, then, let’s git ‘er done!

ENJOY!

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California Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing - This take on the classic California Chicken Salad makes for a healthier, delicious meal with grapes, celery, nuts and grilled chicken served atop a bed of romaine lettuce, all tossed in a lightened-up creamy yogurt dressing.
California Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This healthy take on the classic California Chicken Salad makes for a delicious meal! Made with grapes, celery, nuts and grilled chicken served atop a bed of romaine lettuce, all tossed in a lightened-up creamy yogurt dressing.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 214 kcal
Author: Katerina
Ingredients
FOR THE SALAD
  • 6 to 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1- pound grilled chicken breast , cubed
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes , halved, cold
  • 2 apples , cored and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery , thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions , thinly sliced, white parts only
  • 1/3- cup coarsely chopped nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc...)
FOR THE YOGURT DRESSING
  • 1/3- cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/3- cup nonfat sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4- cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. In a large salad bowl, combine lettuce, chicken, grapes, apples, celery, green onions and nuts; set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt, sour cream, mustard, vinegar, parsley, salt and pepper; whisk until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  3. If dressing is too thick, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water; taste and adjust accordingly.
  4. Add salad dressing to chicken mixture.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 6 

Nutrition Facts
California Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 162mg7%
Potassium 606mg17%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 2755IU55%
Vitamin C 8.6mg10%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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23 Responses
    1. Hi Lynn! So sorry about that – I’m using a new recipe card on the blog and for some odd reason, it’s not picking up the “servings” total that I’ve already put in. But, this should serve between 4 to 6 people.

  1. Mary

    Loving this salad, but is it really supposed to be 1/4 cup balsamic? My dressing turned out very brown and not at all like your photos. Thanks!

  2. Yes yes yes yes! I want this salad in my life. I love chicken salad with yogurt…it’s my favorite! I really need to make myself some of this yogurt dressing. It looks so tasty!

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