July 24, 2009

Classic Chicken Salad

Dominique rooster at Williamsburg
Since this post is about chicken salad, I decided to feature a recent photo of mine that captures the theme! Isn’t this a handsome rooster? He is an example of the rare Dominique breed at Colonial Williamsburg.

Are you tired of serving hot food during the summer months? For a cool lunch or dinner menu, we like to have a classic chicken salad. This recipe includes grapes and walnuts, two ingredients that pump up the texture. As an added bonus, this is a low calorie recipe, with only 277 calories per serving. For a richer flavor (and a few more calories), we use traditional Greek yogurt in the dressing.

Chicken Salad with Grapes and Walnuts

1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
2 Tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon apple-cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
1-1/2 cups seedless green grapes, halved
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, honey, vinegar, mustard, nutmeg, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken, grapes, and walnuts; toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. Serves 4.


  1. Yes, I do enjoy something besides warm meals on those rare hot summer days. I'm taking note of this one.

  2. Yum Yum That does sound rather delish!
    I love a nice dressed up salad,Not a lettuce and tomato kind a girl though

  3. I'm Never 'gonna loose this weight!!!Hahaaa...Gads, this sounds wonderful! At First, I thought you'd gone "country" on me and caught your chicken Fresh from the yard!!LOL
    Glad you'll be doing the challenge!! Can't wait to see your pics!hughugs

  4. Love the picture! I think it is one of the most attractive breeds.

    I am going to have to try this salad. It sounds so delicious, and I have banned the use of our oven until the temperature drops. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    Nita Jo

  5. I just made some yesterday..I like the reduced calorie recipie you used though..thanks!

  6. That picture made me think that you were going to show us the "whole" process to chicken salad if you know what I mean! LOL The salad sounds really good!

  7. i just had a chicken salad for lunch....but that picture had me feeling a little guilty!!!!

  8. I love chicken salad, and yours sounds very, VERY good. Gosh I'm hungry and have chicken cooking now for chick & rice later.

    Hope you're doing as well as can be expected; I've kind of been out of the loop lately but will now check your twitter. (((hugs)))

  9. Sounds good. We often have chicken salad during the hot summer months. My family won't go for the fancy stuff with grapes or nuts, darn it.

  10. Will give this a try as soon as I unpack in Washington. The Chipotle-Lime Shrimp is on my list as well. Hmmmm!

  11. Oh yum! I love a good chicken salad and it's a double bonus that it is low fat! I will try this. Thanks Donna!

  12. So, guess what we had for dinner tonight? Hummmm? And guess what no one was really eating tonight? So, guess what the leftovers were? So, need I tell you what will be for lunch tomorrow? LOL!!

  13. This sounds AMAZING! I love good chicken salad. Yummy. :)


  14. It is errand day; one of which is to the grocery store. Let's see, first I'll check to see if walnuts are in the cupboard and if the yogurt is good, then adding green grapes and Dijon to the list for sure. :D

    PS: That is one handsome rooster.

  15. Actually...I made your recipe that next afternoon? They loved it!!! It was MY recipe that they didn't care for......(the night before), so, when you are up and around....can I fly you out here, and you can cook for everyone? Pleassssssssssssse?????

  16. Wanted you to know I've tried to twitter you, or whatever the heck it's called; I guess my tweets don't tweet or something. Anyhoo, just caught up with you, and saw that your mom had the surgery; will say prayers for her recovery and sorry she's feeling all that nausea. It's a hard operation, and her age & all isn't helping of course. But, the Good Lord willing, she's gonna be fine!!! I hope so. :)

    Sending you LOTS of hugs, and look forward to seeing your pictures on Saturday; NO my camera is still not working, but that's okay~bigger fish to fry. That's for another day. ((hugs))


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