Easy Low Calorie Greek Chicken Salad

This easy low calorie Greek chicken salad is saving my life right now. I’m what they call a “grazer”. I graze my way through the day and rarely sit down to eat a full meal (except at dinner). Teaching leaves you with little time to eat, pee, and basically do any other personal task while at work throughout the day so you acquire a rather odd skill set in this career.  I could literally eat a massive meal in under 5 minutes. Healthy, I know right? So, meal prepping during the week and having healthy choices to graze on are just some of the tricks I use to manage being on a successful low carb diet. Also, meal prep saves you from a case of the exhausted Monday’s (the day after Sunday where an adult returns to work and doesn’t feel like making dinner). Check out this awesome low-calorie Greek Chicken Salad recipe that is a great portable lunch for a week day, perfect for randomly scarfing down between class periods, and even works for a quick dinner any night of the week!

Make the Tzatziki:

Skip the mayo (unless you are dairy free…then I suggest adding an avocado based mayonnaise that avoids a lot of processed oils) and head straight to the Greek yogurt. A quick and easy Tzatziki brings this easy low calorie Greek chicken salad up a notch. I grate my seedless cucumber over a thin cloth or a few layered paper towels. Some people will suggest salting it and letting it soak. I however, am impatient and I find that just ringing the heck out of the cloth works just fine. Add the cucumber to the yogurt, add salt and pepper. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice, mince a few cloves of garlic, and sprinkle with a hearty helping of fresh dill. Tzatziki sauce in under 5 minutes. Your welcome….

For the Salad:

The salad pictured had leftover grilled chicken but you can use any kind of chicken. If you’re in a hurry a rotisserie chicken or even canned will work in a pinch! I diced up the chicken, added some red onions and diced celery for a bit of a crunch. If you want a little more protein, toss in some rinsed and roughly chopped chickpeas.  Add a bit of fresh cucumber or even a few kalamata olives for a unique Greek flavor. Take the tzatziki and use this instead of mayo for a lower calorie style chicken salad. Garnish with a bit of fresh parsley or a few squeezes of lemon juice. I store mine in individual containers so I can easily grab and take it to go! Full recipe posted below! Happy grazing, friends.

Bon Appeteach,

-L

Easy Low-Calorie Greek Chicken Salad

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Serves: 3 cups Cooking Time: 15 mniutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup, Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 Cucumber, Shredded
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Fresh Dill
  • 1-2 Garlic gloves, minced
  • 2 cups, Chicken (grilled, poached, rotisserie, or canned all work)
  • 2 Celery stalks, Diced small
  • 1/3 Red Onion, Diced small
  • 1/3 cup, Chickpeas, rinsed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup, Kalamata olives

Instructions

1

To make the tzatziki, start by shredding half a cucumber over paper towels or a thin cheese cloth. Wring the moisture out of the cucumber as much as possible.

2

Mince the garlic and the fresh dill.

3

In a bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, and dill. Set aside or make ahead of time and refrigerate.

4

Dice or shred your chicken.

5

Dice the celery and onion. Chop the cucumber and chickpeas.

6

Add in the kalamata olives (pitted).

7

Fold in the Tzatziki sauce and stir until everything is coated and combined. Serve with pita bread, in a wrap, or on a bed of lettuce!

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