This Lightened Up Zesty Chicken Salad is filled with tender chicken, fresh bacon, and corn, combined with a light dressing!
Now that we’re officially into the first week of May, I’ve got warm weather food on the brain.
I dream of grilling burgers, feasting on salads, and devouring lots of fresh fruit for dessert. While the hubster and I have been indulging in some of our summer favorites already, I can’t wait till the season is actually in full swing. I’m jumping just a little bit ahead of myself, though, since spring started not too long ago!
One of my favorite dishes to indulge in year round (but specifically when the weather gets nicer) is chicken salad. It’s a great addition to sandwiches and makes a delicious lunch or dinner. And since it’s been a while since I’ve had it, I decided to whip some up so that it cures my summer food cravings.
But unlike regular chicken salad, this Lightened Up Zesty Chicken Salad is filled with tender chicken, fresh bacon, and corn, combined with a light dressing.
Instead of using mayonnaise as the base, I used a mixture of nonfat, plain Greek yogurt and just a touch of mayonnaise. The Greek yogurt lightens up this salad, without sacrificing the calories. And anything that cuts the calories (and fat content) in half is a winner in my book.
Did I mention the how delicious this Lightened Up Zesty Chicken Salad is?
By using rotisserie chicken, bacon, corn, and just the right amount of spices, this salad blends together to create the ultimate dish. And while bacon isn’t exactly calorie-friendly, you’ll only use a few pieces to provide a smoky flavor. Combined with the Greek yogurt and a hint of mayo, this salad makes the perfect lunch, dinner, or evening snack.
And because the ingredients are simple, it takes just minutes to whip up this flavorful dish. Simply combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, bacon, corn, and spices until well blended. Add in the chicken, stir to combine, and this chicken salad is ready to be inhaled.
This Lightened Up Zesty Chicken Salad is perfect to serve on some fresh bread as a sandwich, straight from a bowl as a traditional salad, or my favorite: on an avocado!
Since I could pretty much eat avocados all day, every day, I knew this chicken salad was almost begging to be the topping for this veggie. And let me tell you, this combo is out-of-this-world-good! If you love avocados, then you’ve got to try chicken salad as a topper. You’ll fall in love, I guarantee it!
So the next time your summer (or anytime) craving strikes, whip up this Lightened Up Zesty Chicken. Creamy Salad, light and calorie-friendly, this will be your go-to chicken salad.
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Lightened Up Zesty Chicken Salad
- 2 cups cooked shredded chicken I used the shredded rotisserie chicken that you can find near the deli section of your grocery store
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Dash of salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup fresh or frozen corn
- 5 pieces of bacon drained, cooked, and crumbled
- In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper, corn, and bacon. Add in the chicken and toss to combine.
- Serve on halved avocados, a roll, or bread, if desired.