Chicken salad is made lighter with a flavorful yogurt dressing that includes fresh lemon juice, garlic, and dill to enrobe the juicy chicken, crunchy seasonal vegetables, and sweet dried cherries.
There is so much good stuff going on here that I hardly know where to begin. Shall I start with the weather? The weather is always a good place to start. Northern Michigan has been on the receiving end of some seriously beautiful weather lately., with temperatures in the 80’s for consecutive days. Bright sunny skies with just a enough clouds to gaze upon make an easy sport of lounging on a picnic blanket and naming the shapes floating by.
I just adore picnic weather. Spring breezes seem to usher in cravings for fresh flavors and lighter fare right along with the warmer temperatures. As much as I try to balance out all of the really great cookies in my life with lighter meals, I’m often ravenously hungry less than an hour after eating light. I’m a comfort food girl at heart. I love butter in All the Things. I need a good amount of protein at every meal in order to stay sated.
For that reason, I’ve taken to working more yogurt into my comfort food recipes to lighten them up without sacrificing flavor. I especially like pairing yogurt with lean meats and vegetables for optimal nutrition. A six ounce serving of yogurt contains around 15g of protein, which is about same amount in 2-3 oz. of lean meat.
An average serving of Light Chicken Salad, with dressing, has about 30g of the suggested 46g to 56g of protein. Factor in crunchy vegetables, dried fruit, and whole grain bun, and that’s a lot of staying power in one light meal. The lemon, fresh dill, and garlic in the dressing is reminiscent of a tzatziki sauce and packs a tasty punch without being heavy. The tender grilled chicken mixed with sweet bell peppers, crisp celery, and sweet dried cherries perfectly compliments the flavorful sauce.
Want to further lighten it up? Scoop Light Chicken Salad with Lemon Dill Yogurt Dressing into half a cantaloupe or on a simple lettuce leaf to save a few more calories.
Make. Devour. Feel healthy and satisfied.
Enjoy this Light Chicken Salad with Lemon Dill Yogurt Dressing recipe!
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