Healthy Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
This Healthy Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad is super easy to make, doesn’t require any cooking (just some quick assembling of ingredients) and it’s perfect for healthy work lunches.
A few years ago, I was not-so-low-key OBSESSED with this recipe. I would make a double batch of it every single week and it would disappear very quickly. That was with the help of my parents, when I still lived at home. I think I kinda burned myself out on it, but I’m finally ready to bring it back into my life!
WHY I LOVE THIS HEALTHY GREEK YOGURT CHICKEN SALAD
- Super quick and easy to make
- Full of good-for-you ingredients
- Freaking delicious!
- Perfect for meal prep
SUBSTITUTION OPTIONS FOR HEALTHY GREEK YOGURT CHICKEN SALAD
The original recipe calls for a dry ranch packet. I know not everyone loves using pre-made packets for things, but let’s be honest — they are convenient AF. For all you peeps out there with kids, or puppies, or multiple jobs, etc., I know you can appreciate the convenience factor. If you want to make your own dry ranch seasoning with spices you have in your pantry, do your thing! Here is a recipe for some homemade ranch seasoning.
Same goes for the canned chicken. You can absolutely bake or grill your chicken and shred it yourself. But again, canned chicken is easy to keep in your pantry at all times, and requires a lot less work. Rotisserie chicken is a nice option too!
You can make any modifications you want to make this “healthier”, but just know that I’m not here to judge you for taking any shortcuts. I’m all about the shortcuts these days.
healthy greek yogurt chicken salad mix-ins
A couple things I don’t skimp on in this recipe are the other add-ins. I like to use grapes in place of dried cranberries because for some reason unsweetened dried cranberries DO NOT EXIST. You can find the 50% reduced sugar ones, but unsweetened isn’t a thing… someone please explain this to me!?
Anyway, I like to use grapes. I kinda suck at getting fruit in my diet so this helps me out a bit. (Again, if you want to use dried cranberries, totally fine. There is nothing wrong with them, but I do prefer to get whole, fresh fruit when I can since that is a struggle for me. I’m more of a veggie gal.)
I also love adding sliced almonds for a little bit of crunch, and healthy fats, of course! Some people like to use celery in their chicken salad, and that provides some crunch too. I personally despise celery, but if that’s your jam, go for it! I think little bits of apple would be delicious and crunchy as well. After a few years I finally decided to throw red onions in, but you can omit if you’re not a fan!
This recipe is pretty versatile in that you can serve it up several different ways. Throw it on whole grain bread as a sandwich, lettuce wraps, along with Triscuits or on a bed of mixed greens! I’ve eaten it all of the above ways and it is delicious no matter what.
Healthy Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
- 12 oz canned white meat chicken or 2 cups, shredded
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp dry ranch mix or homemade, if preferred
- 1/2 cup grapes cut in fourths, red or green
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 3 tbsp red onions diced
- whole grain bread or crackers to serve
- Place chicken in a large bowl. (Drain first if using canned). Shred chicken using a fork.
- Add in Greek yogurt, dry ranch mix, grapes, red onion and almonds, and stir until everything is combined well.
- Serve chilled on lettuce wraps, whole grain bread, or along with whole grain crackers.
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
I hope you love this simple Healthy Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad as much as my family does! Let me know if you try it and be sure to tag me in your beautiful food photos on Instagram at @wellnessforthewin. Pin this recipe on Pinterest so you can easily refer back to it. : )
Talk to you soon!
I love to cook in my crockpot! Thank you for the great recipes! There are so many to choose from and now I have to see which one or ones I want to try first. Thank you!
Aw, thank you for being here! I appreciate your support! Please let me know what you think when you try some of them out! 🙂
Hope you enjoy! I think this should be easy to adapt to cooking on the stove. Love to hear how it turns out.
Love this chicken salad recipe!
Thanks, Alexa! I’m so glad! It’s one of our faves too – so easy! : )
Perfect summer chicken salad recipe. I make this every Monday during the summer. My husband likes it with toasted bread as a sandwich, I prefer it as a snack with a couple crackers. The crunch of the almonds or walnuts with the sweetness of the grapes is so good. Great recipe!!
Yay! I agree – I love the combo of flavors and textures! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
This is hands down the best chicken salad recipe! This is a staple in my house, and I love to make it to have for lunch all week!
Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear! 🙂 It really is perfect for lunches!
I love making this chicken salad for lunches! I put it on a croissant or just eat it with a fork and it’s delish
Mmm, sounds so good on a croissant! But I agree, it’s even good by itself! Thanks for your feedback, Sydney!
My go to lunch! So easy and delicious
Woo hoo! I love hearing that! It is such a great lunch prep option!
I was skeptical about trying this recipe but so glad I did. The flavor is on point! Ate mine for lunch with crackers and it was fantastic!
Oh yay! So glad you were pleasantly surprised! 😉 Thank you for sharing!
Not to be dramatic, but this is literally my favorite chicken salad of all time. I’ve tried so many and none of them hold a candle to this. The Greek yogurt/ranch seasoning combo is unbeatable. I like to add celery to it too! 10/10.
Hahaha, that’s what I love to hear!! Thank you for sharing! Love that you made it your own by adding some celery!
This looks so easy and helpful when prepping for baby’s daycare lunches too! Thank you for a great recipe looking forward to making it this week!
I hope you love it! Thank you!
One of our favorite lunch recipes for the work week! So yummy!
Meal prep FTW!
I can’t even put into words how much I LOVE this recipe! It’s quick, easy, and delicious which is always what I look for. This has without a doubt earned a spot in my lunch meal prep rotation!
Aw, yay!! That’s amazing to hear! So glad you love it – thanks for sharing!
I just made this for the first time, and I’m so glad I made a double batch because it is DELICIOUS. I subbed sugar free mayo for the yogurt and used a homemade dairy free ranch seasoning instead of a packet, and it’s so so good. I will definitely be making this again and again!
Woo hoo! So glad to hear this! Enjoy!! 🙂
Love this recipe!! So yummy and healthy!!
Aw yay! So glad you love it! Thanks for sharing!