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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.
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California Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing

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WW Freestyle: 2
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 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
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 

  • In a large salad bowl, combine lettuce, chicken, grapes, apples, celery, green onions and nuts; set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt, sour cream, mustard, vinegar, parsley, salt and pepper; whisk until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  • If dressing is too thick, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water; taste and adjust accordingly.
  • Add salad dressing to chicken mixture.
  • Serve.
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.
Keywords: easy chicken salad recipe, healthy chicken salad recipe, chicken salad with yougurt

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23 Responses
    1. Katerina Petrovska

      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. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Oh grapes. How I love you!! And especially frozen in my wine glass 😉 And grapes belong in my salads all summer long!

  3. Michelle | A latte Food

    Oh my goodness, this salad looks incredible! I absolutely love a good chicken salad, and this totally hits the mark!

  4. Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah

    Loving this flavor combo! I only recently started trying chicken with fruit – and it’s amazingly awesome, go figure! I know my guy is going to love this salad. I wish I had some of that dressing right now!

  5. Nutmeg Nanny

    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!

  6. Tori@Gringalicious.com

    My parents are from California so I grew up eating classic California things like this and I love them! This salad looks so good!

  7. Susan | LunaCafe

    This looks fabulous. I have to make this SOON. YES, chicken and grapes–together. And yogurt dressing. Yum! 🙂

  8. Courtney @ NeighborFood

    I always crave chicken salad in the summer and I love mine packed with fruit! That creamy dressing looks perfect!

  9. Joanie @ ZagLeft

    I freeze grapes and throw them in my Chardonnay too!! So much better than watery ice cubes. I love the mix of grapes and chicken in a salad. This is so perfect for summer – love it!

  10. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Geebuz, Kate. What is with you and salads and dressings which are healthy enough to well…drink?

    Love this recipe like your Caesar one. Way to spark a craving. Again. Just chuck a kabob on here too.

  11. fabiola@notjustbaked

    This is a beautiful salad! I love the dressing, I could make this work all week long in any of salads, thank you!

  12. Justine | Cooking and Beer

    I think Mondays should become the new Sundays. Maybe then we would all look forward to them! This salad is just what I need to start the week! Pinned!

  13. kristy @ the wicked noodle

    Oh YES!! I can taste this gorgeous salad already – especially those crunchy grapes! And cooking SHOULD be illegal on Mondays 🙂

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