Today’s a big day. I’m bringing you FOUR ways to get your chicken salad game on point. These four healthy chicken salad lettuce wraps are essential in my house.
They help spice things up in the lunch department. I’m known to be a loyal consumer of rice cakes with peanut butter + jelly for lunch throughout the work week. I love PB+J, and it’s not something I can have in the house (Olivia’s allergic to peanuts). But not going to lie… sometimes I get a little bored of the repetition. That’s when these bad boys come in. I don’t always eat them on lettuce leaves and sometimes go for a wrap or sandwich, but I am a BIG fan of these four healthy chicken salad lettuce wraps. They are a huge win at lunch, and make everyone’s heads turn in the faculty room. #jealous
Probably even more important for me though, is how handy these four healthy chicken salad lettuce wraps come in when I’m hosting a brunch. My family usually resorts to serving a spiral ham at every brunch… but mehhh, spiral ham. Don’t get me wrong. Ham is enjoyable and all, but there’s more to brunch than ham.
I like the lunch component of the brunch much more than the breakfast one (you know my aversion to breakfast), so for me it’s all about options. Give me a gigantic brunch spread. Make my taste buds sing with flavor overload. And the easiest way to make that happen are with these four healthy chicken salad lettuce wraps. Of course for brunch, I put out these healthy chicken salads with some rolls, wraps, mini bagels… and yes, lettuce.
But let’s be honest. If you’re doing brunch right, you’re not worried about some carbs. Especially when you’re saving calories with the chicken salad itself.
So what’s the secret? What’s the magic sauce in creating super flavor chicken salads without all the fatty guilt of mayo? Greek yogurt. Seriously, it’s that simple. Everyone I serve these four healthy lettuce wraps to can’t believe they are made with Greek yogurt. You get all the creamy goodness without the self-loathing and regret afterward.
So let’s break these four healthy chicken salad lettuce wraps down…
Healthy Apple Cranberry Chicken Salad – the Greek yogurt gets pumped up with some apple cider vinegar, and then mixed up with chicken, Granny Smith apples (very important to use Granny Smith’s in my book… they are perfectly tart for this salad), dried cranberries, and sliced almonds.
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Salad – mix up some wing sauce and dry ranch mix with some Greek yogurt and combine it with chicken and celery. A little sprinkle of blue cheese and you have your favorite buffalo wings in chicken salad form.
Healthy Greek Chicken Salad – the secret to success in this chicken salad is the tzatziki, which is combined with chicken, cucumber, tomatoes, and kalamata olives. Sprinkle on some feta for bonus points.
Healthy Pesto Chicken Salad – okay you got me, there’s no Greek yogurt in this one. Just good ‘ole healthy pesto, combined with chicken, tomatoes, and a little shredded mozzarella cheese.
What’s even better than offering your guests the magic of variety with these four healthy chicken salad lettuce wraps? They can ALL be made ahead of time, each only take MINUTES to prepare, and you can make the process even simpler by grabbing a couple rotisserie chickens at the grocery store. That’s what I do every time. Who’s got time to roast chickens all day? Just give me some rotisserie and chop it up. Easy and done.