Quick Chicken Salad & An Announcement

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I remember my mom having her friends over for ladies’ luncheons when I was a kid.  She’d make mint-flavored iced tea or lemonade to drink, fruit salad for dessert, and usually serve one of two things for lunch:  a pretty arranged salad on a bed of greens along with a couple of sides (one of which was always cottage cheese with chives – her favorite), or tuna salad sandwiches.

My sister and I always felt so grown up at those lunches…and to this day, tuna salad sandwiches are a favorite of mine.  This chicken salad is based on classic tuna salad, but with chicken instead of tuna and some of the mayo replaced with Greek yogurt.  It’s incredibly simple, but always a favorite.

Quick Chicken Salad

Serves about 4

1 (12.5 oz) can chunk chicken breast, drained

1 small onion, finely diced*

2 large stalks celery, diced

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1/4 cup mayo

1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Stir together all ingredients; keep refrigerated until using.  Eat on top of salad greens, in a sandwich, stuffed in pita bread, or spread on crackers.

*If you prefer, you can substitute 4 scallions (white and green parts) instead of the onion.

Announcement:  I’m thrilled to share a project with you that I’ve been working on for a while now — my online photo gallery/portfolio!  Feel free to take a peek around!  (Update:  If you have questions about my camera, lenses, etc., feel free to check out my FAQ page where I give quite a bit of info on my photography…if you don’t see the answer to your question there, feel free to email me.)

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  1. says

    Your pictures on your blog are SO gorgeous, I can’t wait to check out the new project! What a great idea. I love using Greek yogurt as a sub.

  2. says

    Your photos are stunning! STUNNING! :) Congrats, Faith! And the chicken salad looks perfect. I love cold salads that are prepped ahead of time for a quick snack or lunch!

  3. says

    Our busy bee Faith has impressed again.
    I consider you to be on my top 10 Foodie passionistas. Your energy is contagious.
    You’re always on top of your game.
    Congrats my dear ;0)

    Flavourful wishes,

  4. says

    I love tuna salad, it’s something I have fond memories of my mom making for me :D This looks delicious with chicken. Congrats on your gallery, it’s beautiful and made me hungry just looking through it :D

  5. says

    That’s the same trick I use in my tuna salad, substituting the mayo with greek yougurt. Never tried it in chicken salad… I’ll do it when I get home!

  6. says

    I always loved my mom’s luncheons too–fancy sandwiches and all that jazz :-)

    I checked out your gallery—it’s amazing. I mean, I’ve always noticed your beautiful pictures here on the blog, and it’s really striking to see them all in one gallery!
    I can’t wait till your cookbook comes out!

  7. says

    I love the mix of chicken chunks with the freshness flavor of celery stalks…Instead of canned chicken breast, I’ll be using the leftover from my roasted chicken last night. Gonna whip this now. Thanks!

  8. says

    Chicken salad does have that grand “ladies who lunch” feel about it, doesn’t it? Even if it’s just a scoop on a pile of lettuce, there’s something inherently elegant about it. That’s why nobody ever tires of it or turns it down.

  9. says

    Did you make the pita? It looks yummy and fresh and light and lovely. I enjoyed your entire portfolio – all 4 sections. The travel one was different that the rest – bigger – more architectural (of course) The other three are incredibly detailed and artistic (as is the architectural one – just in a different “voice” somehow). Loved them all… especially the “around” pics.
    Gorgeous work. Good for you!

    • says

      Valerie, No, I didn’t make the pita, lol! Luckily I have a fantastic grocery store (Wegmans) just about in my back yard that makes these wonderful pitas. ;) Glad you enjoyed my photos!

  10. says

    Sometimes simple is just best! Love the recipe and story. :) I checked out your website when I saw your link for it on fb and thought it looks so beautiful and professional. Of course, the photos are just gorgeous themselves!

  11. says

    Must be something wrong with me because I’ve never liked tuna salad. So seeing chicken replace tuna is right up my alley. And…the whole wheat pita. I love it!
    Your photography site is lovely. You are very talented, Faith!

  12. says

    I love chicken salad and I remember those lovely luncheons that my mom would serve. They always seemed so perfect and lovely. Thank you for your visit. I hope that you will visit again soon. Blessings, Catherine xo

  13. says

    You already know how I admire your blog photos. I just looked at about 20 from the studio, and they are stunning.
    This is such a nice time in your life with so much positive excitement.

  14. says

    I love chicken salad prepared the way you’ve done but I never make it, I’ll have to change that soon! Faith, your photo gallery is stunning and I did enjoy scrolling through and enjoying your very creative work!

  15. says

    Seriously inspiring portfolio… Truly, it makes me want to run out right this minute and start photographing more! Your work is so beautiful, and any client would be out of their mind to turn you down after looking at such a stunning selection of images.

  16. says

    love your online gallery, so many gorgeous pics Faith and my favorite one is actually your profile pic! I so want to meet that girl!!!

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