Remember when I said my friends and I had a cookout? Hopefully you do because it was just yesterday that I said that. Anyway, I was told to bring something. My first thought: beer. My second thought: something more filling like, say, chicken salad.
My first job was at a grocery store and I believe it was around that time when I first tried chicken salad and immediately I was hooked. I knew right off the bat though that not every grocery store or deli made it the same way my grocery store did. Sometimes I’d go over to my friends house and her family would be eating chicken salad sandwiches for lunch and I’d try some and think, huh, this tastes different than the kind I am used to. Still good though!
I’d seen lightened up chicken salad with greek yogurt before and thought about giving that a try. However, if you know me, then you know I’m not a fan of yogurt; I don’t like the taste. I wish I did, but I don’t. Sometimes, replacing ingredients with yogurt is awesome because you literally can’t taste the yogurt, but I was reluctant to try it with this chicken salad, So, I opted for something I knew I’d enjoy: cottage cheese.
I know I recently rambled on about cottage cheese in this post, but I love it. Though I brought the chicken salad to the BBQ we didn’t actually eat it until we arrived at the winery. I swear I’m not bragging when I say this stuff was a huge hit! I was so, so happy 🙂 I mean, I liked it but not everyone likes cottage cheese but everyone who liked cottage cheese said this stuff was gOoOoOd. <<just like that. Oh and in case you were wondering, it does NOT have celery in it. Besides yogurt I’m also not a fan of celery. I know most chicken salads have it but this one has a few other goodies instead.
So if you’re looking for a lightened up chicken salad recipe, you’re going to want to give this a try. ..and then bring it to a cookout and impress all you’re friends and family 😉 Duh!
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 cups grapes sliced in half
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup Craisins
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- Pepper to taste
- Cook chicken as you normally would. I baked mine in the oven and then placed them in a frying pan with a dash of olive oil. After the chicken is cooked, shred/cut into smaller pieces and place in a medium-large bowl.
- Add grapes, almonds and Craisins to the bowl.
- Add mayo, cottage cheese and pepper; stir until everything is mixed together.
- Store in the refrigerator and serve on whole grain bread.
Q: When was the first time you tried chicken salad?