Dairy Free Chicken Salad | Dairy free lunch, dairy free salad | @simplywhisked

Chicken salad is a favorite of mine. I’ve played around with so many different renditions of it – classic chicken salad, Sriracha chicken salad, curry chicken salad. I even shared a mayo-free version a while back. And, I love each and everyone equally, in different ways.

Dairy Free Chicken Salad | Dairy free lunch, dairy free salad | @simplywhisked

Just like this one. While it’s very similar to the my deli-style cranberry chicken salad, it has a flavor profile of its own, and I love that swapping out different ingredients makes a completely new salad. This version came about last year when I had a get together with some of my friends and all of our kids. I think it was back in August, but last week, I made it again for a picnic at the zoo.

Dairy Free Chicken Salad | Dairy free lunch, dairy free salad | @simplywhisked

I’m going to tell you a little secret: most traditional chicken salads are dairy free. But, since the “swap it out for Greek yogurt” trend went crazy, I would say about half of the recipes I find on Pinterest have dairy in them. Obviously, I’m on board with the eating healthy when I can trend, so I devised a small method to help lighten things up a bit.

Dairy Free Chicken Salad | Dairy free lunch, dairy free salad | @simplywhisked

I use canola oil mayonnaise, it’s about half the calories of regular mayonnaise, and it doesn’t seem to have as much added sugar as the light mayonnaise that’s out there. Then I add a bit of water to the mix stretch the mayo a little further.

Print

This post contains affiliate links. I may earn commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. I will never recommend a product I don’t use or trust.

Chicken Salad with Grapes and Almonds

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 5 cups chopped, cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups halved grapes
  • 1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives (or green onion)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix until mayonnaise is incorporated.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Dairy Free Chicken Salad | Dairy free lunch, dairy free salad | @simplywhisked

Last Updated on November 4, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating

4 Comments

  1. Mayonnaise actually not a dairy product. Dairy products are made with milk. Mayonnaise only contains eggs and often get confused with dairy because they need to be refrigerated.

  2. Can’t believe how delicious this recipe is! How can it be this yum and this healthy at the same time? 😀 And I didn’t even need to do any actual cooking!