Chicken Salad pops in my mind first when I think of a refreshing summer salad. This fast, easy version is really healthy, fresh and light…perfect for a light lunch or dinner by the pool when it’s 100 degrees outside.
It’s very Weight Watcher friendly with only 1 point per serving, totally gluten free, and it can be made with a variety of on hand ingredients. Serve it up with saltines (5 saltines have 2 points), a warm low carb tortilla (1 point), light whole wheat bread (1 point for 1 slice) for a traditional chicken salad sandwich, or eat it right out of the bowl, your choice!
What’s in this Healthy Chicken Salad?
The great thing about Chicken Salad is you can just about make it any way you wish. In this earlier version, Easy Italian Chicken Salad, I made it with basil, artichoke hearts, jarred roasted red peppers, and Italian Seasonings…it is so good.
This recipe is a little spicier with a few jalapenos and Cajun Spice mixed in. If you can’t handle the mild jalapenos then by all means substitute them for some chopped bell peppers or maybe a few apple chunks. Sweet or savory…again, your choice!
Store bought already shredded rotisserie chicken breast…so fast and easy!
jalapeno…just one deseeded pepper so it’s not too hot
red onion…I love red onion in any kind of summer salad
celery…adds crunch and freshness
fresh garden dill…because I love fresh dill
reduced calorie mayo…you need mayo for chicken salad
garlic paste…this is one of my number one kitchen time savers
lime juice…this is a really good part of this recipe
Cajun Seasonings…it adds just the right amount of yummy to this dish
Easy and Fast Assemby
This Chicken Salad is about as easy and fast as any dish you can make in your kitchen. Truly, all you have to do is mix up the mayo, seasoning, garlic paste, and lime juice and incorporate the mayo dressing into the chopped and shredded ingredients. That’s it! One suggestion is to definitely use a rubber spatula. It helps mix in every single bit of the yummy mayo dressing.