Best Chicken Salad Recipe

Most chicken salad recipes contain loads of mayonnaise or dairy products, but not this one. A simple can of coconut milk makes this salad deliciously creamy while roasted chiles, fresh cilantro, sweet fruit and crunchy pecans really bring the flavor.

Makes: 8 Servings

Here’s what you need…
For the Creamy Coconut Dressing:

    1 (14oz) can coconut milk, full fat
    1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted
    1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
    lemon zest (all you can get from one small lemon)
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    dash salt
    dash pepper

For the Salad:

    1 cup celery, finely chopped
    1 cup red grapes, halved
    1/2 cup pecans, chopped
    1 apple, finely chopped
    4oz can mild chopped green chiles
    1 lb roasted chicken, chopped

1. For the Creamy Coconut Dressing: Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk well and then set in the fridge to chill while you prepare the salad.

2. For the Salad: Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Add the creamy coconut dressing and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with large lettuce leaves and Dijon mustard.

Nutritional Analysis: 286 calories, 20g fat, 80mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 19g protein

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