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Dairy Free Chicken Salad

This creamy, dairy free chicken salad is simple to make and loaded with fresh grapes, crisp almonds and flavorful chives.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dairy Free Chicken Salad

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 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
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    Melissa Belanger
    October 24, 2018 at 9:21 am

    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.

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