Fiesta Chicken Salad

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I’m “lucky”.

That’s what most people tell me when I confess I don’t like mayonnaise and I never did. Honestly, for as long as I can remember, the stuff has always grossed me out. It’s white, goopy and greasy. Why would you ever want to ruin a sandwich by slopping that all over the bread? (I’m a mustard girl ALL the way!)

Yes, I realize I just insulted all you mayo lovers out there and I’m sorry but seriously YUCK!

Why am I telling you this? Well, the other day I was out having lunch with a friend and she was telling me how good the chicken salad was at a local sandwich shop. Considering traditional chicken salad is made with mayo I stay away but that along with seeing these gorgeous tomatoes as the store gave me the idea to create a mayo-less version. And I’m SO glad I did!Fiesta Chicken Salad

  • 8 oz leftover or cooked chicken breast cut in cubes
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup diced peppers (combination of red, green and yellow)
  • ½ jalapeño pepper diced (from jar) (more of less depending on taste)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (combination of cherry, plum and exotic – if you have them)
  • 2 tbsp fat free yogurt
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño liquid from the jar
  • Juice of ½ lime or about 2 tsp
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro

Put the chicken, onion, peppers and tomatoes in a medium bowl.

In a small bowl whisk the yogurt, vinegar, jalapeno liquid, lime juice and spices.

Pour the yogurt dressing over the chicken and veggies and stir to coat everything.

Below is the tomato sampler I found at the store this weekend along with the finished salad. Those tomatoes were so beautiful and SO delicious!

Fiesta Chicken Salad - tomatoesFiesta Chicken Salad - in bowl

Stuff your favorite whole-wheat pita or top a bed of spinach leaves for a fabulous salad.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 1/2 of the salad
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
219 3g 3g old: 4 new: 10
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
9g 0g 51g 39g
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  1. swizzlepop

    I don’t like mayo either except the TJ’s Wasabi mayo but that is a rare treat. Too bad I don’t like tomatoes or bell peppers otherwise this would be super yummy. I might try it with mushrooms and other things that I do eat because the yogurt mixture sounds really good!

  2. Aimee

    Mayo freaks me out too, I don’t go near it.. your salad looks delicious though! I esp. love that you used cilantro and jalapeno peppers!

  3. Dana

    Roni, I ditto everyone’s comments on how much of an inspiration you are. I check in almost daily to see what new things you have came up with.

    I must say you have the best produce stores. Your produce always looks scrumptious in the pictures. Tomatoes in Illinois don’t look near as appetizing as yours!

    Dana

  4. Courtney

    I had this today for lunch… AWESOME! It was sooooo good. I love the cilantro and lime together. I will be making it again very soon!!!!

    Courtney

  5. Sarah

    Amen to the mayo haters! When I was a kid I saw how mayo is made – raw eggs and oil whipped together – DISGUSTING!! I haven’t touched the stuff since. This recipe looks awesome especially for those of us who want to bring something to a party but can’t bear to make potato or macaroni salad. Go Roni!

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  7. Leigh anne

    Love this recipe. I put my own little twist on it. Took a pita and topped it with a little cheese. Warmed it up in a frying pan until the cheese melted and the pita was crispy. Warmed up the chicken salad and used it as pizza topping. YUMMY!!!!!

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