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Lightened Chicken Salad

Your favorite chicken salad gets a healthy makeover with creamy yogurt and tangy dijon mustard. You will love this Lightened Chicken Salad.



Liz from The Lemon Bowl is here today sharing her Lightened Chicken Salad. If you have been following A Cedar Spoon since the beginning you know that I love Liz’s healthy recipes and have had her here before to share her healthy creations.

Liz and I have a lot in common including that we are both Middle Eastern which is what first brought me to her blog.  If you are a lover of Middle Eastern food like I am then you have to stop by her blog and check out her long list of favorites including Lebanese Chopped Salad with Chickpeas, Chicken Shawarma Pita with Tahini Garlic Sauce and the ketchup of my household Cucumber Laban (we put this stuff on everything!).  We would only be so lucky to be a guest in her kitchen! 🙂 Welcome Liz!

Lightened Chicken Salad by The Lemon Bowl

Hi Friends! My name is Liz and I’m a food blogger over at The Lemon Bowl where I share healthy recipes and nutrition tips that have helped me achieve and maintain a 65 pound weight loss.

I’m so thrilled to be guest posting today for my friend Julia. We are both Midwest gals, we both have two little boys under the age of 3 and we both have Middle Eastern roots and share a love for Lebanese food! Needless to say, I fell in love with Julia’s blog at first bite.

Today I’m sharing a light and tangy chicken salad that has recently become one of my favorite quick-and-easy lunch recipes. With a 4 month old and 2 year old home with me every day, I have become the master of make-ahead lunch ideas!

As I continue to work off my own baby weight, I have found that protein-heavy meals like this one are the key to long lasting energy that doesn’t give me that 2 o’clock sugar crash. Afterall, I need all the energy I can get to keep up with my boys and I know Julia does too!

We love this chicken salad in lettuce cups but it’s delicious on whole grain bread or in a wrap to take to work. For an added boost of nutrition, I love adding leafy greens like baby arugula, spinach or red leaf lettuce.

Congratulations on your second boy, Julia! Boys are the best and you will love watching your boys play together and become best friends for life.

Lightened Chicken Salad {Guest Post by The Lemon Bowl}

Lightened Chicken Salad {Guest Post by The Lemon Bowl}

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Your favorite chicken salad gets a healthy makeover with creamy yogurt and tangy dijon mustard.


  • 12 ounces shredded chicken breasts (such as rotisserie)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt (such as Stonyfield)
  • 1/4 cup light mayo
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice (or lemon juice)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
  2. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Hsiu Summerlot

Tuesday 22nd of April 2014

I'm Loving your recipe Julia!

I will try to make your recipe this weekend but don't assure it will taste or look the same lol !


Sunday 6th of April 2014

I love a good chicken salad, this looks amazing. I'm ALL about quick, easy & light these days. Congrats again Julia!


Sunday 6th of April 2014

Thanks Aggie! :)

Carol at Wild Goose Tea

Friday 4th of April 2014

I have done something similar, but I never paid attention to the amounts. So sometimes it was good and other times it was wonderful. Now I have the exact amounts. Thus I can have wonderful every time. I love chicken salad, but that mayo can bite your on the butt---and on the thighs-----or the belly. Sigh.


Friday 4th of April 2014

This is a great recipe to bookmark! Thanks for stopping by Carol!

Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

Friday 4th of April 2014

Way to go on the weight loss, Liz! I love a good chicken salad recipe. Thanks so much for sharing, Julia!

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