No Mayo Apricot Chicken Salad

apricot chicken salad on top of arugula on a slice of bread.

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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)


  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 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


  1. Toast the almonds on a baking sheet in the oven at 400°F for 6-8 minutes, or until golden. Cool completely.
  2. Make the dressing by whisking together all of the dressing ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, apricots, green onion, celery, and almonds.
  4. Add the dressing and stir to coat.
  5. 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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