Friday, January 30, 2015

Flavorful Chicken Salad

I’m going to share some healthy recipes and easy dishes on my blog this year. We eat really good meals but it requires a bit of planning ahead. Sometimes people eat the wrong foods because they wait until the last minute to decide what to have, especially for lunch.


When we grill chicken we always make extra. Hubby puts natural spices on the meat for flavor.

Then with what is left over, I make chicken salad, enough for more than one lunch.


Diced chicken and celery with a generous dollop (or 2) of Real Mayo.


Then I add boiled eggs and a few Craisins.


When I’m ready to eat a serving (there are about 3 servings in this bowl), I sprinkle sliced almonds on top. Sometimes instead of Craisins, I put grapes in the salad when I’m ready to eat it. (If you put the almonds or grapes in early, they will get soggy.)


I store it in this Corelle bowl with it’s very own lid.


Enjoy with a few Multigrain Wheat Thins for a yummy and satisfying lunch.

Now what should we have to drink?


Diane said...

Looks yummy! How about a pink lemonade??

Tamara said...

Hi Diane,
I'm blog hopping this morning and came across your blog.. Your recipe for chicken salad looks so delicious and healthy. I've pinned it and will have to make some soon. Thank you for sharing.
Have a blessed day,

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, oh yummy, looks so tasty. I am a coffee lover so will drink a cuppa. Blessings Francine.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Chicken Salad is one of my favorites!!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

That is a perfect lunch. I'm going to try adding the craisins next time to mine - never thought of that.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Diane, I'm so sorry that I have not been buy to visit you. I have been so busy with a GYB event and visiting about 400 bloggers to meet new one to join my blog. It has taken up a lot of my time! I love that you will posting up healthy recipes on your blog this year. I love this recipe for the chicken salad & this is something that hubby and I would just love. I hope that you have a wonderful day and weekend.
Sweet hugs, Julie

Stephanie said...

Mmmm... I love chicken salad - what time shall I come for lunch :)

Happy weekend, my friend! Hugs!

ann said...

You are so right. Good eating requires good planning and food prep. The chicken salad looks so delicious. Noon meals are really hard for me to plan for. Have a great week end, Diane.

Kathy said...

I am so going to make this. I never thought of putting craisins in. We love craisins in my house.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

This is almost the same chicken salad I make - I do add grapes - cut in half usually - but don't use the nuts (dietary restriction for Don). I think a nice glass of decaf iced tea would be delicious with this salad.

Come on over my dear - we'll have lunch together - or should I come there so we can sit on the deck for lunch?

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What time will lunch be served? I hope you made enough. This looks delicious!

Christine said...

One of my favourites! Love salads with a Very generous dollop of Mayo!
Enjoy your weekend!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love chicken salad! This one sounds yummy and yes to the wheat thins. How about iced tea!

Petite Plangonophile au chocolat said...

Hi Diana, this lunch sounds and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your healthy eating tips with us.
Take care!


Ps: thanks for your kindness

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

That looks so good! my daughter will love that.

Amy Jo

Deborah Montgomery said...

This looks delicious. You're so right, that if we don't plan ahead, it is easy to grab whatever's available, and it may not be as good for us.
Hot tea is always my drink of choice :)

Susie said...

Diane, That looks good to me. I absolutely love chicken salad. You are right about the almonds and grape too...they will get soggy. Some times I like my chicken salad on a nice roll. :) Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

Helen Philipps said...

What a yummy chicken salad, Diane! It is great to get tasty recipe ideas from blogging friends like this! Wishing you a happy weekend!
Helen xox

Linda said...

I love your chicken salad! That's pretty much the way I make mine, too!
I say, drink TEA!!! That's what I'm having!!

Linda H said...

Yummy! I love chicken (or turkey) salad with chopped celery and apple. Do sometimes add grapes as well. Love the idea of almonds and craisins too. Every once in a while, I add a bit of curry to the mayo and add chunks of pineapple to the salad - that's good too!

Debby said...

It Looks really good. I will have to try that soon. Have a good warm weekend.

Beth said...

Your chicken salad looks great - and healthy! It is a very good idea to make extra chicken to use for chicken salad, or to use in Alfredo, or to top a green salad.
I eat light for lunch. Usually something like 1) a smoothie made with yogurt, milk and fruit; 2) yogurt and an apple; or, like today, something healthy I could scrounge up. Today it was an avocado, a clementine, milk, and 1/4 cup of peanuts.
Enjoy your day, Diane, and thanks for the recipe. :)

Lynn said...

Sounds good, I love all the crunchy celery:@)

JG said...

My beverage at lunch is always calcium fortified OJ & it would go so well with your yummy chicken salad! Craisins or grapes + almonds, save some for me!

Linda Walker said...

Hi Diane,
Chicken salad is one of my favorites. I enjoy a green salad, a good sized dollop of chicken salad with almonds and grapes and yummy!! No extra salad dressing! Your recipe sounds very good--must try!
Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

Diane, I've never thought to put craisins in a salad. They must make the chicken salad extra delicious!!!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, yummy! I am always looking for dishes to use leftover chicken and this is wonderful! Love all the healthy ingredients. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend. Hugs xo Karen

helen tilston said...

Hello Diane

This looks delicious and I would not have thought to add eggs to the recipe. Can I have mine on a french stick please and I'll have some coffee please

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Thank you Diane - please keep those healthy recipes coming.

I'll make a big chicken salad for lunch tomorrow and there'll be plenty to take to work the following day - all sorted!

I don't think I need the crackers!
I'm trying to lose weight at the mo as I want to be pencil thin when I arrive in France in June ha ha!

BeachGypsy said...

a big glass of sweet tea loaded with SUGAR...HA HA HA LOL and over loads of crushed ice and with lemon! yum!

Shelia said...

Count me in! I love chicken salad and your recipe sounds delicious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Stacey said...

That sounds delicious! My husband doesn't eat much chicken but he's out of town for a few days. Think I'll make this today. :)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

You made a great point- planning is essential to healthy eating. Eating healthy is a very important in our house too.
This recipe looks great and I am looking forward to you sharing more healthy recipes with us, what a great addition to your 2015 goals!
Oh, have you tried the dried cherries? Yummy too!
Warm Hugs,
Jemma said...

This looks a great recipe. I like it Diane.
to drink.. a very light rose chilled wine.. or iced tea.
Thanks for sharing..
happy weekend.
val xx

Carla from The River said...

Yummy!! Looks very good. :-)) We love chicken at our house, so this will be great.
Looking forward to more healthy tips from you.

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

You are spot on about planning, especially for lunch. That seems to be the one meal that derails me. Today we went to the market and I finally had the good sense to pick up a pre made salad to take to the beach tomorrow.

Chicken is so versatile, and I love chicken salad (minus the celery..hubby won't eat that), but adding almonds and cranberries, dried cherries, etc. really elevates it to something soooooo good and healthy.

Babs said...

Your chicken salad looks sooo good. Love the addition of grapes...and Craisins, and nuts :) Thanks for the recipe, and I'd like a glass of iced tea, please.

Sam I Am...... said...

I make mine about the same way but I'm glad you reminded me of it as I forget about lunch meals which would suffice for supper for me. I only eat about twice a day but I should eat more often and smaller amounts. I've not tried the multigrain wheat thins. I stopped eating most processed items years ago but they are coming out with healthier versions now. If you want it even heathier try the new Hellman's Mayonnaise with olive oil. I was hesitant because I am a dyed in the wool Hellman's fan and I never liked their fat free version but the olive oil was really good. Chicken salad is usually a summer meal for me but it sounds good about now! And it is summer for you for sure! LOL!

Red Rose Alley said...

This is the yummiest looking chicken salad that I've ever seen! You know, I thought I was the last one to own the Corelle dishes. I have those same bowls. My mother had them also when I was growing up. :~)


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love chicken salad .. Sometimes I put in apples diced or grapes too! Nice food photography.

Poppy said...

Hi Diane,

Your chicken salad looks deliciously refreshing and very satisfying. It's so true; planning ahead really makes the difference when making healthy choices.

Happy weekend, my friend!

P.S.: How about some icy lemon water?