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 & 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.
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- 2 1/2 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
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 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 and then set it aside.
In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise and lemon juice.
Add this to the chicken mixture and stir to mix well.
4. Stir in the parsley if desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Weight Watcher PointsPlus: *5
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *3
No chicken? Substitute leftover turkey, canned chicken or canned tuna.
No mayonnaise? Use all plain Greek yogurt instead.
No yogurt? Use all light mayonnaise instead.
No dried cranberries? Most any chopped dried fruit would work.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you liked this chicken salad with apples and cranberries you might also like:
My Favorite Chicken Salad Recipes, including curried chicken salad, Greek grilled chicken salad, chicken avocado salad, mustard broccoli chicken salad, fruited quinoa chicken salad and more.
Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe – with celery, dried cranberries, and smoked almonds dressed in a combination of light mayonnaise and nonfat Greek Yogurt with 13.6 g fat, 14.6 g carbs. 2.8 g fiber, 39.5 g protein and 8 WW Points+ from Cooking Light found at MyRecipes
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
Mango Chicken Salad – with yogurt, fresh mango, and mango chutney with 6 WW Points+ from Alanna at Kitchen Parade.
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