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Tropical Chicken Salad is light and healthy and full of your favorite tropical flavors. Shredded chicken is combined with pineapple, grapes, mandarins, raisins, carrots, nuts and fresh parsley and a Greek yogurt dressing. This salad works great on its own or on lettuce wraps or sandwiches. 

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TROPICAL CHICKEN SALAD

I don’t know about you but I love a good chicken salad. Today’s Tropical Chicken is the perfect combination of chicken salad and tropical, sweet flavors.

Chicken salad is something I like to make from time to time, especially in the summer. It is a nice salad to have on hand because it works well on its own, or you can use it on lettuce wraps or sandwiches. Today’s Tropical Chicken Salad is one I make a lot along with the Simple Curry Chicken Salad I shared a couple of years ago.

This Tropical Chicken Salad mixes together shredded chicken {or any chicken you have on hand-you can use cubed or diced chicken} with fresh pineapple, Bee Sweet Citrus-Mandarins, SunMaid raisins, Sun World Grapes, carrots, parsley and almonds.

Tropical Chicken Salad in a cup

With this Tropical Chicken Salad I created a Greek yogurt based dressing that combines the yogurt, honey, lime juice and cayenne pepper.  If you want to use a small amount of mayonnaise, I suggest using about 1/4 cup. I know some people like their chicken salad to have mayo in the dressing. I will say though that the Greek yogurt really works great as the dressing on its own and is a healthier option.

Today I am not only sharing this delicious recipe for the Tropical Chicken Salad with you guys I am also partnering with Produce for Kids to spread the word about their Produce for Kids Power Your Lunchbox Promise to make healthier lunches this school year. For every promise made $1 will be donated to Feeding America to help in an effort to solve hunger among children and families. Make the Power Your Lunchbox Promise & inspire your family to eat a healthier lunch this school year.  Don’t forget to grab fun lunchbox ideas for back to school here!

Speaking of lunchboxes, school is just around the corner. This Tropical Chicken Salad would be the perfect addition to your kids lunches. You can either send it in a container for them to eat or make a wrap or sandwich with it. I also like this for work lunches because it is easy to make on Sunday and use throughout the week.
Like many of my recipes this one is very customizable to your tastes. You can add more herbs or spices to add additional flavor. If fruit isn’t your thing you can cut some of that back and add other things like celery or avocado.

If you are sending this with your kids you will probably keep the nuts out of it for those nut-free zones. Any way you make this you can feel good about feeding it to your family and by taking the Produce for Kids Power Your Lunchbox Promise you can also feel good about helping to feed other families through your pledge.

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The following wonderful sponsors are partnering up with Produce for Kids for their Power Your Lunchbox campaign:
    • Bee Sweet Citrus – Mandarins
    • Crispy Green®- Freeze–Dried Fruit
    • *Litehouse® – Dressings 
    • NatureFreshTM Farms – Greenhouse Tomatoes
    • Pero Family Farms® 
    • SunMaid
    • Wholly Guacamole® – Mini’s & Snack Cups (with chips)
    • Zespri® – SunGoldTM Kiwifruit
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Tropical Chicken Salad

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Tropical Chicken Salad is light and healthy and full of your favorite tropical flavors. Shredded chicken is combined with pineapple, grapes, mandarins, raisins, carrots, nuts and fresh parsley and a Greek yogurt dressing. This salad works great on its own or on lettuce wraps or sandwiches. 

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey {more to taste}
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne red pepper {optional}

For the chicken salad:

  • 3 cups shredded chicken {about 1 1/2 pounds}
  • 1 1/2 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 cup Bee Sweet Citrus – Mandarins, peeled, sliced  in half
  • 1/2 cup SunMaid raisins
  • 1 1/2  cups Sun World® Grapes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup pecans or silvered almonds {optional}
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, green parts chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut, shredded {optional}

Instructions

In a large medium bowl combine the Greek yogurt, honey, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne red pepper and stir well. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine the chicken, pineapple, mandarins, raisins, grapes, nuts, carrots, green onions, parsley or cilantro and coconut and stir well. Add the Greek yogurt dressing in and stir until until the chicken salad is coated in the dressing.

Serve on lettuce wraps, sandwiches or rolls or eat on its own.

Notes

Serve on lettuce wraps, sandwiches or eat as a salad on its own.

 
Today’s post is in partnership with Produce for Kids. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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Sheila

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

Just like you --- I am also a big fan of chicken salad. Actually, it is a staple at home but it just a simpler version. I did not realize that I can add a lot of different ingredients to it. Can't wait to try your Tropical Chicken Salad. Thank you for sharing.

Julia

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

Thanks! I like trying new ingredients-while I do love a good simple chicken salad it is nice sometimes to mix things up! Hope you like it.

Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite

Tuesday 7th of August 2018

Can't wait to try this version of chicken salad! Looks like the perfect recipe to meal-prep for lunches. And you get a serving of fruit too with all the fruit added in! :)

Julia

Tuesday 7th of August 2018

I hope you like it! My whole family really loved it.

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