Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

This easy salad recipe with toasted walnuts is perfect for a summer picnic, in a sandwich, or as a light snack in pita bread. You can vary the flavor by adding apple, pear, or even apricots instead of grapes. A little cumin or curry powder in the dressing adds an international flair.


  • 1/2 cup eggless, vegan, light canola mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 3/4 cup California walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon leaves, optional
  • Butter lettuce or radicchio leaves, for serving
  • Fresh tarragon leaves, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon zest, vinegar, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper; whisk well. Add the chicken, walnuts, celery, grapes and green onion; toss to coat.
  2. To serve, spoon the chicken salad into butter lettuce or radicchio leaves and garnish with a sprinkling of tarragon leaves, and serve immediately.