Leftover rotisserie chicken, apples, celery, and dried cranberries in a light creamy Greek yogurt based dressing combine to create this light and delicious healthy chicken salad with apples and cranberries. Which reminds me of a classic Waldorf salad – only lighter – and with chicken.
I served this chicken salad with apples and cranberries for lunch on a bed of mixed greens and baby arugula. And garnished it with a little shredded carrot and chopped cucumber.
All I can say is, “YUM.”
The Skinny on Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries
I rarely cook chicken just to make chicken salad. It seems like too much work. Instead, it’s a recipe I tend to make when there’s leftover home cooked or rotisserie chicken staring back at me from the fridge.
To keep this chicken salad with apples and cranberries lighter and healthier, I use plain nonfat Greek yogurt and a little Hellman’s light mayonnaise to dress it without drowning it.
Adding apples and celery is a tasty way to add flavor and crunch for minimal calories and points.
This chicken salad with apples and cranberries would be yummy on whole wheat crackers or a toasted english muffin or stuffed into a pita too.
According to my calculations, each serving has 220 calories and *5Points Plus. According to Weight Watchers Recipe Builder this healthy chicken salad has 4 SmartPoints when made with chicken breast. Enjoy!
- 2½ cups chopped cooked chicken
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 cup chopped apple (about 1 large; I used a Pink Lady and kept the peel because it was organic)
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons Hellman's light mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place the chicken, celery, apple and cranberries in a bowl and stir to combine.
- In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise and lemon juice.
- Add to the chicken mixture and stir to mix well.
- Stir in the parsley if desired.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
This would be delicious served on whole grain crackers or in a pita or wrap too.
*PointsPlus® for healthy chicken salad with apples and cranberries calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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Curried Chicken Salad with Apples and Raisins – fruit studded chicken salad for two with with 222 calories and 6 WW Points+ from Cooking Light found at MyRecipes
Ellie Kriger’s Curried Chicken Salad – with grapes, almonds and cilantro has 325 calories and 6 WW Points+ per serving from Ellie Krieger found at the Food Network
Lighter Chicken Salad – from chicken cooked in broth so it needs less dressing with 4 WW Points+ from Gina at SkinnyTaste
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