Let’s face it, chicken salad has been a staple in your mommas kitchen since childhood. There is definitely a reason for it too, it’s easy to make, easy to store, easy to grab and go when we’re running out the front door chasing after the dog. The good news about chicken salad is the amount of protein to carbohydrate ratio, making it a great choice for a healthy lunch or dinner. It’s loaded with fiber when you lump it between two whole grain slices of bread and it leaves us feeling full and satisfied. The troublesome side of chicken salad ultimately points to the amount of mayonnaise used to make it and what ingredients are actually being used.
Mayonnaise has been given a bad reputation for a while, making it look like the bad guy. It’s full of fattening, artificial, GMO ingredients, causing the seemingly healthy dish to become weighed down with calories and fat. This “Not Your Momma’s Chicken Salad” recipe recreates an old favorite, keeping the old taste while enhancing the flavor and nutrition profile. Using a higher quality mayonnaise, made from avocado oil, not only will reduce the calories and fat content but the fat source is monounsaturated (healthy fat).
I love the brand Chosen Foods because they are 100% GMO free, soy-free, and chemical free. Most of their oils and products are made with avocado oil which is a healthy, monounsaturated fat that provides omega-3 fatty acids (essential fatty acids our body needs from our diet).
Try it out and see for yourself! I promise this recipe won’t disappoint when you make this for your family and they can’t seem to get enough of their delicious and nutritious homemade lunch. Bringing your lunch from home just got a lot yummier!
- 3 cups cooked, chopped chicken breast
- 1 cup chopped honey crisp apples
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 3/4 cup sliced grapes
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- Dash of sea salt
- 1/2 cup Chosen Foods “Harissa Avocado Oil Mayonnaise”
Ingredients for mayonnaise if you don’t have
Chosen Foods “Harissa Avocado Oil Mayonnaise” in your refrigerator
- Avocado mayonnaise
- red pepper
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all the chopped and sliced ingredients together. Toss together until well combined.
- Add the spices, salt and pepper to the mixture, tossing to combine.
- Add the mayonnaise to the mixing bowl, using a spatula mix well until all the ingredients get lightly coated with the mayonnaise.
- Serve in-between two slices of toasted whole wheat bread or separately with crackers, enjoy the goodness!
*Store in the fridge for up to one week to retain freshness
**This is an original Healthy Chew recipe – all rights reserved.
**All photos were taken by and for The Healthy Chew – all rights reserved.
**The Healthy Chew is neither sponsored nor compensated for any endorsements with Chosen Foods (copyright)
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