School is back in session and I know a lot of you are making lunches for your kids, maybe yourself and your spouse. Today’s Lightened Up Chicken Salad Sandwiches are a lightened up version of classic chicken salad using cottage cheese and yogurt in place of mayonnaise. When I make chicken salad I like to cheat and use a store bought rotisserie chicken because it is easy to shred and I don’t have to spend time cooking it (lazy, I know!). I also put chopped grapes, celery and apples in my chicken salad to add sweetness and crunch.
I like using cottage cheese and yogurt in this recipe because it still gives the chicken salad that creamy texture without the guilt of mayonnaise. To be honest I am not a big fan of mayonnaise and rarely use it but for those that do this is a great option.
Another benefit of using the cottage cheese, milk and yogurt is that you know your kids are getting dairy and protein in their lunches. Make sure you look for the REAL® Seal when you purchase your dairy to ensure you are buying milk from cows on U.S. dairy farms that has met strict manufacturing requirements. Besides supporting your local U.S. Dairy Farmers, real milk just tastes better. 🙂Print
Lightened Up Chicken Salad Sandwiches are a healthy twist on classic chicken salad using cottage cheese and yogurt to create a creamy chicken salad.
- 1 lb chicken, cooked and shredded
- 1/2 cup red grapes, sliced
- 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
- 1/2 gala apple, cored, peeled and chopped (or apple of choice)
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese, low fat and low sodium if possible
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon REAL® Seal milk of your choice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large mixing bowl mix together the chicken, grapes, celery and apples and set aside.
- In a blender blend together the cottage cheese, yogurt, milk, lemon juice, honey and garlic powder until smooth.
- Add the cottage cheese mixture to the chicken mixture and mix until combine.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Put a scoop of chicken salad on whole wheat dinner rolls, sandwiches buns or a bed of greens and enjoy.
I like to use a rotisserie chicken for this recipe to save myself the time of cooking chicken but feel free to use whatever chicken you would like.[br]Other additions to the chicken salad include:[br]Green grapes[br]Dried Cranberries or dried golden cranberries[br]Chopped green Onions[br]Chopped Pecans[br]Chopped Walnuts
For more lunch ideas check out my What’s for Lunch Pinterest board!
This post is sponsored by my friends at REAL® Seal, and as always all thoughts are my own.