Recipe Slim-Down: Mayo-Free Chicken Salad


I’ve never packed a picnic in my life. However, I have packed a lunch or two. If you can pack a lunch, you can pack a picnic. Just double up your healthy lunch, pack in something fancy and, bam, it’s a picnic.

One of my favorite picnic foods (and just a delicious food regardless) is chicken salad, but it’s traditionally made with a whole lot of mayo. This version replaces mayo with Greek Yogurt. Protein win.

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  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 7oz. containers of Fage Total 2% Greek Yogurt (you can grab the 0% version, but boy will you miss the creaminess of those 8 total grams of fat in a vat of chicken salad)
  • 2 apples
  • 4 celery stalks
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 TBS mint
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. Broil the chicken breasts. I cooked mine for about 14 total minutes. I kept mine from sticking with some grape seed oil and Reynolds Wrap and I seasoned it with a pinch of salt and dill.

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2. Cube your apples into about quarter to half inch pieces. Coat your apples with the juice of your lemon.

photo 2 photo 33. Cut your celery into 1/4ish inch slices. The celery and the apples give this salad the crunch you want.

4. After chiffonading your mint, combine your yogurt, apples, celery, mint.

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5. Once your chicken has cooled, cut it into cubes and add to your mixture.

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6. Mix all ingredients together and add salt and pepper to taste. I cannot, for the life of me, acquire a taste for pepper. No pepper for me.

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You can serve this on a bed of your favorite greens, make it into a wrap or just eat it by itself.

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