There's just something about the classic chicken salad that makes it a perfect summer lunch time meal!
Summer might be over, but it's never too late in the year to make chicken salad. It's both sweet and savory, yet creamy and crunchy! What's not to love?!
At Linked Fit we talk a lot about meal prepping and the chicken salad fits right into that mold. Have left over chicken and not sure what to do with it? Make chicken salad. Need a quick lunch idea that can be made in batch? Make chicken salad. There's never a bad time to make chicken salad!
Chicken salad can be stored up to 5 days at max, best to eat within 3-4 days. It's served cold, which makes it easy to pack for lunch or take when on the go.
Follow up with Meal Prepping: The Beginners Guide to learn the best practices when it comes to meal prepping.
Chicken salad is packed with protein and can be accommodating to just about any dietary needs.
Creamy base: To make a healthier chicken salad it's best to use plain Greek yogurt. At Linked fit we use a mixture of both Greek yogurt and avocado mayo. This helps to make the chicken salad lower in calories, fresher tasting, and the chicken salad isn't weighed down by dense mayo.
Chicken: Pre cooked left over chicken works really well for this! If planning to cook chicken specifically for the chicken salad it's best to season the chicken with simple seasonings, for example salt, pepper, and garlic. The chicken can be cooked in a crock pot, baked in the oven, or grill on the stove stop. Depending on the texture desired the chicken can also be shredded or chopped either by hand or using a food processor. Before mixing all the ingredients make sure the chicken is cooled. Rotisserie chicken would work really well too.
Crunch: Celery is a key component to any chicken salad! It's fresh and gives a crisp crunch to any bite. To give the chicken salad an extra crunch and nutty flavor we add pecans. The celery and pecans can also be chopped by hand or placed in the food processor.
Sweet: Grapes are what give the savory chicken salad its sweetness. Grapes are also very refreshing and add to the overall texture and flavor of the chicken salad.
Extra Seasonings: No extra seasoning are really necessary, but a dash of dijon mustard can give the chicken salad an extra punch.
A knife and or food processor, plus a mixing spoon will be needed
Here is the Linked Fit simple, easy, delicious, and nutritious chicken salad recipe!
Chicken salad is also extremely versatile and can easily be mixed and matched to fit what ever is in the kitchen. It can be eaten solo, made into a sandwich, wrap, or salad. Below are some different alternatives that can be used to make the chicken salad.
Creamy base: Regular or low fat mayo, plain Greek yogurt, avocado, vegan mayo
Crunch: Almonds, pecans, red onion, celery
Sweetness: Apple, dried cherries, dried cranberries, grapes
Seasonings: dijon mustard, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper
Serving: lettuce wrap (if looking for a lower carb meal), tortilla wrap, bread/toast to make a sandwich, or on top of a favorite salad