So…are you by chance looking for healthier recipes this week?
Good, good! Because I have one for you. I am calling this recipe Healthy Crunchy Chicken Salad because, well, that’s exactly what it is! It has a ton of delicious ingredients like green bell pepper, pecans, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and apple and it’s all tossed with a light Greek yogurt/mayonnaise dressing with a dash of fresh lemon.
Sounds pretty good, huh?
That’s because it is! I got this idea from my friend that’s in my salad swap group. She made a delicious chicken salad recipe and I simply adapted it to my liking. I added a few things here and there and decided to use half Greek yogurt instead of an all mayonnaise dressing because it’s January and we’re all trying to eat a little healthier, right?
This stuff is SO good. It’s colorful, crunchy and has tons of flavor. I have made this twice for lunch throughout the week and we love it. I eat it over spinach or on toast. It’s filling but not heavy.
I absolutely adore cranberries in salads. If you have followed my blog for some time now you probably have caught on to that. I love the color, texture and tangy sweet flavor they add to recipes. Plus, they’re good for you!
I have a few more healthier options coming for you as well so stay tuned – one for breakfast and one for dinner!
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- 3 chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 apple, diced
- ⅓ cup chopped green onion
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- ¾ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup pepitas or sunflower seeds
- ¾ cup chopped celery
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- juice from half a lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper and bake for 35 minutes or until no longer pink. Let cool then finely chop.
- Add chicken to a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Add dressing and gently toss.
- To make dressing, add ingredients to a bowl and stir. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper, taste and adjust to your liking.
Adapted from allrecipes.com