Is it chicken or tuna? Valid question Jessica. Chicken of the Sea is a deceiving brand name. This chicken salad recipe is made truly with chicken and is a great way to change up your lunch routine. No question about that.
I love adding a little dried fruit to the salad mix to give it a savory sweet flavor! Sliced grapes or diced apples would be great options too! You can add this chicken salad to a sandwich, lettuce, or pile it on cucumbers or crackers. It’s versatile and can be a healthy option if you’re looking to change up your protein source.
Chicken: lean protein source and relatively low calories! It’s a good source of selenium (protecting cell health and immune function) and niacin (part of enzyme functions and producing energy). Canned chicken is great because it’s portable and easy to mix in salad. If you are watching sodium, pair it with veggies vs. salty crackers!
Celery: I have had clients tell me, there’s no point to eating celery because there’s nothing in it. FALSE. Celery is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals including vitamin K, folate and vitamin A. It’s also an awesome low-calorie option for people focusing on weight loss. Just because it’s low in calories doesn’t mean you should forget about it!
Almonds: Contains fiber, protein, vitamin E, tons of minerals (riboflavin, magnesium, copper, manganese) and healthy fats! I could go on forever about almonds. They add great texture, contribute to satiety levels and nutrients. If you’re looking for a nutrient dense ingredient, nuts are a staple.
Greek Yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt has more than just probiotics people! The probiotics are great for gut health by let’s not forget the great source of protein, phosphorus, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12. I use plain to avoid the added sugars and full-fat for better taste and it keeps me full. If you’re watching calories, just use a little less.
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
- Split both servings into tupperware and bring it for lunch!
- Put chicken salad on some pita chips, whole grain bread, use as dip for vegetables, topping for a salad (salad on salad) or whatever your heart desires.