It is no secret that Greek yogurt is one of my favorite ingredients. If you have been following me for a while, you know that I grew up in a Turkish household, which means we ate a lot of full fat, good-for-you Greek yogurt.
I am not talking about the sugar-laden, store-bought varieties. The real deal. Healthy, rich, protein-packed Greek yogurt. I could literally take a large spoonful of plain Greek yogurt and be completely satisfied.
It wasn’t until my trip with Stonyfield Yogurt to organic farms in Northern Vermont when my eyes really opened. On my trip, I was introduced to the organic process of dairy farming. I was so inspired by the farmers and quality of ingredients, I had to come up with a super healthy recipe where Organic Greek Yogurt was the star. That’s where this healthy chicken salad with Greek yogurt came in.
Packed with fresh produce and tossed in a healthy Greek yogurt dressing scented with garlic, lemon juice, and fresh dill, every bite is bursting with flavor. And this low-calorie salad is so versatile, you’ll find yourself making it any time of year.
How To Make Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad (Without Mayonnaise)
This simple salad recipe comes together in 3 folds.
- Make the dressing: Prepare the Greek yogurt dressing by whisking together the plain Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Gently fold in the fresh dill and set aside.
Want to see how I make it? Check out my post on how to make Greek yogurt salad dressing.
- Gather the salad ingredients: Place the prepared chicken, scallions, red onion, celery, apples, grapes, and almonds in a large bowl.
- Assemble: Drizzle the ingredients with the Greek yogurt dressing and give it a gentle toss. I used the whole cup of the dressing, but you can use less of it if you want.
Taste for seasoning, adjust to your liking, and serve as a salad, sandwich, lettuce wrap, or in a jar (more on that later!).
Step By Step Video of How To Make This Healthy & Light Chicken Salad:
How To Make It With Seasonal Ingredients:
The beauty of this chicken fruit salad is that it is so versatile. I used apples and grapes mixed with sliced almonds as I took some inspiration from my Waldorf Chicken Salad. But feel free to use fresh, seasonal ingredients so you can make this recipe any time of year.
For the Spring/Summer months, use fresh blueberries and diced strawberries instead of apples and grapes. For the Fall/Winter months, use dried cranberries or raisins instead of grapes and replace the sliced almonds with more robust nuts such as walnuts or pecans.
How To Make Chicken Salad With Leftover Chicken
Like most chicken salad recipes, using leftover chicken makes this come together quick and easy. Luckily, I have a local market that makes some of the best rotisserie chicken in the area. It’s a great way to make this a rotisserie chicken salad with Greek yogurt in under 30 minutes.
When I have time, I usually roast 2 or 3 split chicken breasts and use them in this salad. If you need a foolproof recipe, be sure to try my Oven-Baked Bone-In Chicken Breast recipe.
Can You Substitute Greek Yogurt For Mayo?
Yes, that is exactly what we are doing today. Using plain, full-fat Greek yogurt instead of mayo gives this chicken salad with yogurt a healthier and protein-packed twist.
How To Make Yogurt Taste Like Mayonnaise?
After a lot of trial and error, I found the best way to make Greek yogurt taste like mayo is to add fresh lemon juice and minced garlic. These two ingredients provide an added burst of savory flavor, getting it as close to mayo as we can.
Another great example of using this yogurt dressing in a recipe is my Greek Yogurt Coleslaw dressing recipe. Again, by mixing lemon juice and garlic with yogurt I was able to omit using mayonnaise.
Healthy Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Recipe
For The Dressing:
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup chopped fresh dill optional or parsley
For The Salad:
- 3 cups cooked chicken cut into small cubes
- 3 scallions thinly sliced
- ¼ cup red onion chopped
- 2 stalks of celery sliced
- ½ cup cubed apples
- ½ cup red grapes halved if they are large
- ⅓ cup sliced almonds preferably roasted
- 1 small avocado cubed
- ½ cup thinly sliced cucumber
- ¼ cup thinly sliced radishes
- 3 tablespoons chives with flowers if they are in season
- To make the dressing: Whisk together yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add in the fresh dill, if using. Set it aside.
- To make the salad: Place chicken, scallions, red onion, celery, apples, grapes, and almond into a bowl. If you are adding the additional toppings feel free to do that now.
- Drizzle it with the dressing. Give it a gentle toss. Taste for seasoning and add in if necessary.
- A Note on the Calorie Information Below: The nutrition values listed below do not include any of the additional toppings listed in the recipe.
- What if I want to cook my own chicken? You can also roast 2 or 3 split chicken breasts and use them in this salad. If you need a foolproof recipe, be sure to try my Oven-Baked Bone-In Chicken Breast recipe.
- How Long Does Chicken Salad Last In The Fridge? It should last in the fridge for 3-5 days if stored properly in an airtight container.
- Can You Freeze Chicken Salad? Is It Safe?This is an interesting challenge and one I am still testing out in my kitchen. I have read a number of articles that say you can freeze chicken salad and still keep its integrity. However, after doing some research and actually freezing some in my own freezer, I know that Greek yogurt has the tendency to separate in the freezer. Plus, there is the added risk of bacteria build-up if kept out on the counter for longer than 2 hours. Therefore, in my opinion, I think it’s best to enjoy this chicken salad the week it is made.
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4 Ways To Serve
Now comes the fun part. This chicken salad with Greek yogurt and grapes can be served in a multitude of ways.
As A Part Of Your Meal Prep
Portion the chicken salad into 4-5 reusable meal prep containers for a super fast grab-and-go meal. When I make the meal prep version, I really enjoy transforming it into a complete salad.
To do this, add the cubed avocado, sliced cucumbers, and radishes, and a sprinkling of fresh chives, put the lid on, and store in the fridge to enjoy throughout the week.
BONUS: If your chives are in season, don’t forget the fresh chives flowers. They pack tons of fresh onion flavor and add a pop of color to your chicken salad.
Healthy Chicken Salad Sandwich
Take two whole wheat bread slices, drizzle a few tablespoons of the yogurt dressing on each piece of bread, scoop your chicken salad onto one half (about a ½ cup), top with sliced avocado, place the other piece of bread on top, cut in half, and enjoy!
Keto Chicken Salad With Greek Yogurt
For a light chicken salad that is keto-friendly and low carb, place the prepared salad in buttery Boston lettuce cups. Gently wash and dry your Boston lettuce cups and lay out flat on your counter. Place a large spoonful of the salad (about a ¼ cup) into each lettuce cup and drizzle with the remaining dressing.
Salad In A Jar With Greek Yogurt Dressing On The Side
In 3-4 mason jars, place a bed of chopped Boston lettuce in the bottom. Then top with the salad, drizzle with the remaining Greek yogurt dressing, and place another handful of chopped Boston lettuce on top. Seal and store in the fridge for the week.
How Long Does Chicken Salad Last In The Fridge?
The chicken salad recipe with greek yogurt and dill will last in the fridge for 3-5 days if stored properly in an airtight container.
Can You Freeze Chicken Salad? Is It Safe?
This is an interesting challenge and one I am still testing out in my kitchen. I have read a number of articles (this one being the most helpful one) that say you can freeze chicken salad and still keep its integrity.
However, after doing some research and actually freezing some in my own freezer, I know that Greek yogurt has the tendency to separate in the freezer. Plus, there is the added risk of bacteria build-up if kept out on the counter for longer than 2 hours.
Therefore, in my opinion, I think it’s best to enjoy this chicken salad the week it is made. As I mentioned earlier, as long as it is kept in an airtight container, it should keep fresh up to 5 days in the fridge.
How Many Calories in Homemade Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt?
There are only 419 calories in Greek yogurt chicken salad. This is a light, low-calorie recipe since 1 cup of Greek yogurt only has 200 calories versus 1 cup of mayo, which has a whopping 1,500 calories!
Here Are A Few More Healthy Chicken Salad Recipes
- Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing
- Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe
- Sesame Asian Salad
- Kale Waldorf Salad
- Need more inspiration? Check out all our easy salad recipes and chicken recipes
This recipe was originally published in June 2019. It has been updated with minor edits and no changes to the original recipe in August 2020.