We had an unexpected lunch guest yesterday and I needed to come up with something in a hurry, using what I had on hand. I came up with this version and it was great! I had baked bread earlier in the day so this became a sandwich filling although it could easily be eaten on a bed of salad greens and some tomatoes.
And guess what? I ran out of something I needed and had to make a emergency substitution. I think this is what made it so good this time!
This is my recipe and method, but as always, feel free to change it up to suit your tastes.
3 cups chopped chicken
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1-2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
Mix everything except the chicken together. Taste and season accordingly. Add chicken and stir to combine. I don't add all of the dressing at once, just in case I don't need it all. If the chicken is too dry for your tastes, add a little more yogurt until it suits you.
The secret to this chicken salad is the yogurt. When it is blended with the other seasonings and ingredients the tangy yogurt is a great base for the salad. Also, it cuts the richness and fattiness that the mayonnaise will sometimes add.
So, look at it this way: use the Greek yogurt and you can eat more chicken salad! :)
Or, if you aren't into that sort of thing, you can use mayo. It will be fabulous! To be honest the yogurt was a freak accident. I usually use mayo for my tuna and chicken salads, but I was out. I don't think that regular yogurt would be a good substitute here ONLY because it is so thin. Greek yogurt is closer to the consistency of mayo.
Looks good enough to eat, doesn't it? ;)