Chicken Salad

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Chicken Salad

This isn’t the normal Chicken Salad that I make for my kiddos. My sister and brother-in-law are the super healthy ones in this family and sent me a recipe for a healthier version of Chicken Salad. I thought,”why not?” and decided to give it a try.

While I thought this was a really good recipe and 2 out of 3 kiddos liking it are pretty good results, my suggestion is to read through the ingredients and adjust what you need to adjust to accommodate your families preferences. The great thing about a recipe like this, is it makes a really good canvas for your imagination.

Also, this is a great recipe for the kiddos lunch. Just pack it in a cold thermos and serve with some crackers. It’ll be a hit.

As always, make sure to read through the entire recipe and notes before starting.

Chicken Salad
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. For the Creamy Coconut Dressing:
  2. 1 (14oz) can coconut milk, full fat
  3. 1/3-1/2 cup mayo (optional)
  4. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  5. 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  6. 1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  7. 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. lemon zest (all you can get from one small lemon)
  9. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  10. Salt and Pepper to taste
  11. For the Salad:
  12. 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  13. 1 cup red grapes, halved
  14. 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  15. 1 apple, finely chopped
  16. 4oz can mild chopped green chiles
  17. 1 lb roasted chicken, chopped
Instructions
  1. For the Creamy Coconut Dressing:
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk well and then set in the fridge to chill while you prepare the salad.
  3. For the Salad:
  4. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Add the creamy coconut dressing and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with large lettuce leaves.
Notes
  1. Like I said before, use your own taste preferences. The original recipe didn't call for mayo, but I thought it would be best to add a little just to tighten up the dressing a bit, but you could also use a bit of greek yogurt as well.
  2. This is a great recipe to use up any leftover chicken or to use a rotisserie chicken you picked up from the grocery store. But no worries, you could also just use some chicken breasts that you roast yourself OR even use the can chicken if you have some of that on hand.
  3. If I had any chance of having my son try this Chicken Salad, I had to leave out the pecans and the green chiles. And while I didn't leave out the cilantro, I did think it was a bit overpowering.
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