This no-mayo apricot chicken salad with fresh apricots, toasted almonds, and a healthy rosemary dijon dressing is a delicious spring twist on chicken salad that’s perfect for lunches or spring showers! (gluten-free)
1 large cooked, shredded chicken breast (about 2 cups)
2 fresh apricots, diced (about 1/2 cup)
1 green onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)
For the Rosemary Dijon Dressing
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp honey
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped (about 1 sprig)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
Toast the almonds on a baking sheet in the oven at 400°F for 6-8 minutes, or until golden. Cool completely.
Make the dressing by whisking together all of the dressing ingredients.
In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, apricots, green onion, celery, and almonds.
Add the dressing and stir to coat.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
To cook chicken breast for chicken salad, bake it, covered, in a baking dish at 375°F until cooked through (about 30 minutes), or poach on the stove by cooking it in a pot, covered with water, on medium-low heat until cooked through(about 20 minutes). Let it cool before shredding.
Chicken salad will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days in a sealed container. It should not be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours. I don’t recommend freezing chicken salad. The dressing will separate and the vegetables will get soggy as it thaws.
This recipe is a great use for rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken. You can also use canned chicken if you have it!
If it’s not apricot season yet (or you can’t find fresh ones), you can use dried apricots. Chop about 1/4 cup dried apricots for this recipe.
If you don’t have almonds, try finely chopped pecans or walnuts.
You can use mayo in place of Greek yogurt if you’d like. I don’t recommend regular yogurt as it is more runny than Greek yogurt.
If you don’t have fresh rosemary, you can use dried rosemary (use about 1 tsp), or try another fresh herb, such as thyme.
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