Love chicken salad but hate the fat calories? Try this slimmed down version featuring tasty mayonnaise alternatives like pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce and ginger.
Simple Oriental Chicken Salad
Serve a scoop of chicken salad on a salad for a light yet elegant lunch or dinner.
Recipe for Chicken Salad With a Healthy Boost
Give traditional chicken salad a healthy makeover by substituting Oriental inspired ingredients like minced green onions and almonds for a portion of the high-fat mayonnaise. This allows you to cut the fat and calorie content without sacrificing taste. Serves four for lunch or two for dinner and takes under ten minutes to prepare and serve. What’s not to appreciate about that?
You'll need the following equipment to make this delicious dish:
- Medium mixing bowl
- Small mixing bowl
- Ice cream scoop
Oriental Chicken Salad
You'll love a generous scoop of this chicken salad served on a salad
Prep time 7 min - Total time 10 min
Ingredients for 4 servings
1 (10 ounce can) premium chunk white chicken • 4 pineapples slices from one (20 ounce can) pineapple • 4 lettuce wedges or one bag of mixed salad greens • 4 thick tomato slices, cut into wedges • 1/4 cup minced green onion tops • 1/4 cup sliced almonds • 2 heaping tablespoons sweet pickle relish • 1 level tablespoon mayonnaise • 1 tablespoon pineapple juice • 1/2 tablespoon low sodium Teriyaki marinade and sauce • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder • 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger, ground black pepper
Chop the Chicken
Drain the chicken well and put it into the medium mixing bowl. Use a fork to break up the larger chunks and mash the chicken into approximately equal size pieces.
Add the Seasonings
Add the green onions and sweet pickle relish and blend. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, and seasonings; blend well. Add to the chicken mixture and toss to combine.
Plate and Serve
Place a lettuce wedge or about ½ cup of salad greens in the middle of a serving plate. Place a pineapple ring atop the greens and then use the ice cream scoop to put one scoop of chicken salad on the pineapple. Garnish the plate with four tomato wedges.
Repeat to make three more servings. Divide the almonds evenly among the four plates as a topping. Serve with assorted crackers and crudités.
Double Up for Dinner
This can also be used as a light dinner for two by using large serving plates and increasing the lettuce wedges or salad greens to a total of one cup. Use two pineapple rings and two scoops of chicken salad and garnish as above with tomato wedges and almonds. Serve with egg drop soup and chow mein noodles, and offer the remaining pineapple for dessert.
Tasty Variations to Try
Stuffed Tomato Salad
Omit the pineapple rings and use large tomatoes to hold the chicken salad. Cut the tomatoes into four equal slices, cutting almost but not completely through the bottom. Set the tomato on top of the greens, separate the wedges, and fill with a scoop of salad. Sprinkle almonds on top.
Chicken Salad Sandwich
Serve as chicken salad sandwiches by placing a scoop of chicken salad on a whole-wheat bun. Top with lettuce and tomato slices, and serve with baby carrots and assorted pickles.
Need More Salt?
Note: this recipe was created for an individual on a low sodium diet and contains no added salt. The only sodium is the amounts contained in the various ingredients. If you find it too bland for your taste buds, feel free to add additional salt.
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