Weekly Recipe #225: Chicken Salad with Apples, Grapes, & Walnuts

Photo credit: Meal Makeover Moms/Flickr

by Ryan Weiler, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview]

I love making chicken salad, especially during the summer months. The key to a good chicken salad is a nice crunch to compliment the tender chicken, and something sweet to compliment the mayonnaise, like apples, grapes or raisins. This recipe is great served in a whole wheat tortilla.

Chicken Salad with Apples, Grapes, & Walnuts

(Yields 12 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 2 granny smith apples, cut into small chunks
  • 1 cups chopped walnuts, or to taste
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 5 tbsp. creamy salad dressing
  • 5 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 24 seedless grapes, halved

Directions:

  1. Toss shredded chicken, apple chunks, walnuts, red onion, celery, and lemon juice together in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk vanilla yogurt, salad dressing, and mayonnaise together in a separate bowl; pour over the chicken mixture and stir to coat. Gently fold the grapes into the salad.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving: 307 calories, 23 gm total fat, 11 gm carbohydrate, 2 gm fiber, 17 gm protein, and 128 mg sodium.

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