Greek yogurt chicken salad gets an upgrade with zesty capers and toasted pine nuts! Mayo-free and perfect on croissants, crackers, or wraps!
I never liked chicken salad.
It made an appearance at one too many church pot lucks, was always drowning in mayonnaise, and was frequently sweetened with sugar. Which doesn’t exactly jive with my anti-mayo tendencies or my belief that chicken salad should be made without fruit. 😉
And then two friends showed me the light. First, my cousin Christi showed me that chicken salad can = no grapes, can have much more interesting add-ins like zesty capers and toasted pine nuts, and is so much better with a hefty dose of mustard! Second, my friend Alli taught me the ways of a mayo-free chicken salad by using plain greek yogurt.
And oh. my gosh. Converted. Completely.
Dear greek yogurt chicken salad, can we be friends? Call me maybe?
How do I substitute mayo for greek yogurt?
Be sure to substitute the mayo for plain greek yogurt. You don’t want any sweet yogurt flavorings sneaking in to ruin your chicken salad like vanilla or strawberry. 😉 If you don’t prefer the slight tang of greek yogurt (it’s hardly noticeable in this recipe), you could also substitute plain non-greek yogurt.
Can you mix greek yogurt and mayonnaise?
Yes! If you prefer the taste of traditional mayonnaise in chicken salad but want to lighten up your chicken salad just a little bit, feel free to mix the yogurt and mayonnaise to your preferred consistency!
Can you make chicken salad ahead of time?
Absolutely you can make chicken salad ahead of time. This recipe is one of my favorite to meal prep. I make up a big batch and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Then I make wraps or throw them on a sub roll the morning of. I have also made the wraps up to 48 hours in advance by wrapping them in aluminum foil and storing them in the refrigerator. Lining the wrap with spinach helps keep the wrap from getting soggy from the chicken salad.
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