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For some reason, chicken salad always makes me think of showers. Not the kind that bring the rain, but the ones before babies come or before wedding days. Why is it that chicken salad is such a common food at bridal and baby showers? Or is it just a Utah thing? Regardless, I don’t mind, because I love chicken salad. In fact, I get excited whenever I am invited to a shower because chances are that they will have chicken salad on croissants. But whether or not the chicken salad is a good one, now that’s the question.

I actually didn’t intend on making this chicken salad for dinner this week, because it’s not the chicken salad that I normally enjoy. You know – the kind with mayo, cashews…ooooh, I really like grapes in it, too. (Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!) But I accidentally brought the wrong RR magazine with me to work to make a grocery list from, so I had to choose something. And this is what I chose. Mainly because I didn’t really feel like cooking, and how much easier does it get than a rotisserie chicken?

I’m so glad I ended up with this recipe instead of the one I was going to make. Because this is my idea of the PERFECT summer meal. No cooking, full of fresh veggies, and done in 15 minutes. And tasty, I might add. In fact, I may just give up that mayo-laden version for awhile, because I really loved all of the veggies in this. My surprise favorite – the cucumber. I would have never guessed that cucumbers would be so good in chicken salad!!

Chicken Salad with Yogurt-Ranch Dressing
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Change up your normal chicken salad with this version with fresh herbs and vegetables.
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or finely chopped and pasted
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup reduced fat or fat free Greek yogurt
  • a small handful each finely chopped dill, parsley and chives
  • a few dashes hot sauce
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin and bones discarded and meat shredded, or 1 pound cold cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • ⅓ seedless cucumber, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery from the heart, thinly sliced on an angle
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 4 flatbreads, warmed
  1. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the yogurt, herbs and hot sauce. Add the chicken, bell pepper, onion, cucumber and celery; season with salt and pepper. Top the salad with the tomatoes and serve with the flatbreads.
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19 Responses to Saturdays with Rachael Ray – Chicken Salad with Yogurt-Ranch Dressing

  1. Brenda says:

    Deborah, I had to bookmark this, it really looks delicious. And healthy!! This would be great to take to work for my lunch. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Pam says:

    Great recipe, Deborah! It's a little different and I know RR's recipes always work!

  3. Stew and Lindsey Campbell says:

    This recipe looks good! Check out our Saturdays with Rachael Ray posting!


  4. Cassie says:

    This looks delicious. I know what you mean; it's hard for me to stray from my "regular" chicken salad recipe. (I've never tried cashews in mine, though — something to consider!)

    Anyway, I participated again this week! So fun! 🙂

  5. Taylor says:

    I love that this recipe calls for yogurt instead of mayo…it looks great!

  6. Jennifurla says:

    I think the same thing about chicken salad, this looks lovely

  7. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I love cucumber in salads. I actually prefer it to celery but I usually use both. I like yogurt salads mixed with a bit of mayo. I would rather have that then put in all that oil. That's a lot of oil! Otherwise, this looks really good! I LOVE chicken salad! Thanks!

  8. Monet says:

    I agree! In fact, I made a chicken salad for my friend's bridal shower just a couple of months ago. Thanks for sharing this…I like many of Rachel's recipes.

  9. Joanne says:

    It's DEFINITELY not just a Utah thing. New York showers are filled with chicken salad, egg salad, and tuna salad! This one looks super delicious. I love that there's no mayo!

  10. scrambledhenfruit says:

    Looks delicious, and best of all, NO Cooking! It looks healthful too, more so than my normal chicken salad with the regular mayo. Thanks for sharing!

  11. cookinfanatic says:

    I really need to make this chicken salad, I love the use of Greek yogurt and the addition of hot sauce!

  12. Liz says:

    Consider this one added to my menu for our beach trip…I LOVE chicken salad too and consider it one of the perks of attending a shower.

  13. grace says:

    any chicken salad made with yogurt and not mayo is worth a try in my book. the hot sauce is a great touch too–huzzah!

  14. Sylvie says:

    Looks like a great chicken salad and what a pretty photograph.

  15. Natalie says:

    ha yes chicken salad is a total shower thing…though I make it just for us all the time too–love all the different variations and this is one I haven't yet seen! Great recipe!

  16. kat says:

    We love chicken salad & always make some with leftover roast chicken.

  17. Sophia says:

    The chicken salad really looks delicious! Totally something that I would make! I'm going to have to put it on my list to try soon. Today I plan to make Low Fat Tomato Pasta Salad. I hope it's tasty. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  18. Mei Teng says:

    I love salad with leftover grilled chicken. Or with slices of beef. Tastes great.

    Nice food photo.

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