Healthy Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad

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210 CALORIES 10g CARBS 6g FAT 26g PROTEIN
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This Healthy Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad will quickly become your favorite lunch time meal and with about 200 calories per serving, it's so much better for you than traditional mayo heavy chicken salad.

So I have a friend who is completely obsessed with this cranberry almond chicken salad that she buys in Costco religiously. She eats it almost daily for lunch and she has served it at every party she has ever had. The only problem is that her chicken salad habit is actually pretty expensive and since she is trying to make more food at home, we set out one weekend to recreate her favorite chicken salad. After a few attempts, we came up with a version we actually like more than the version she usually bought. With cooked chicken breast, dried cranberries, celery, sliced almonds, and a simple yogurt based dressing - it's really delicious. She likes it with a bit of honey to sweeten it up (although I prefer it without) and she sometimes switches out the cranberries for sliced red grapes. Yum.

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The Recipe

Healthy Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad

PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 5 Min
TOTAL TIME: 10 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 lb. cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. low fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. low fat sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. honey (leave out for low carb)
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper

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Instructions

  1. Mix together the yogurt, mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, vinegar, poppy seeds, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken, celery, cranberries, almonds, and green onions.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210
Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
10%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
0%
Cholesterol 80mg
27%
Sodium 113mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 8g
Protein 26g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Healthy Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad
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4 Comments
On Healthy Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad
Jeanne
October 9, 2018 - 05:12
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This is delicious and definitely one to make often. One question - does the nutrition info include the optional items?

Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!
October 9, 2018 - 09:01
It does! Everything included in the recipe ingredients is included in the nutritional info. So happy to hear you enjoyed it!!
January 14, 2017 - 13:11
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This was soooo good! I made it using a rotisserie chicken (so easy!). The only thing I changed, was to use a little less honey (and the recipe actually said it could be omitted). The dried cranberries actually gave it enough sweetness, so next time, I will probably leave out the honey entirely. The Greek yogurt gave it a nice, tart "zing" and the poppy seeds were also a nice addition. Both my husband and I ate this throughout the week for lunches ~ either on a salad, crackers or in a sandwich. Yummy...a keeper for sure!
August 16, 2016 - 12:30
You could use a vegan mayonnaise or yogurt in place of the dairy versions.
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