Hearty Mayo-Free Chicken Salad Recipe

by Phoebe Green
Hearty Mayo-Free Chicken Salad Recipe

When I was on maternity leave, my friend brought over mayo-free chicken salad from The Good Neighbor cookbook that I have since adapted and made no less than six times. I make it nearly every week to eat for lunch because it is delicious, super easy, and not unhealthy. I love that it’s a delightful chicken salad without the mayo because I love chicken salad, but mayo makes me feel guilty.

Low-ish in calories, high in flavour, and easy to make? I’m sold.

When my friend Jessie brought it over the first time, I didn’t want to share it; it was that good. I am not typically a selfish person.

Okay, so the mayo-free chicken salad recipe, adapted from this cookbook, is apparently pretty awesome.

Hearty Mayo-Free Chicken Salad Recipe

Hearty Mayo-Free Chicken Salad Recipe

Phoebe GreenPhoebe Green
I've been prepping this mayo-free chicken salad on Sundays and eating it for lunch all week. It makes enough for at least 4 lunches for me and a couple for a friend or hungry husband.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 475 kcal


  • 4 medium chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • 1 bunch lettuce chopped
  • 1 medium tomato sliced
  • 2 medium green apples crisp
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Boil chicken breasts and then shred with a fork to desired thickness – add shredded chicken to a large bowl.
  • Chop apples, so they are about 1/2-inch thick and add to bowl.
  • Add lemon to keep apples from browning.
  • Chop tomatoes and lettuce. Then add to bowl.
  • Add feta into the bowl.
  • Add olive oil to the bowl.
  • Add kosher salt into the bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Chill and eat with a warm pita.


Calories: 475kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 54gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 178mgSodium: 999mgPotassium: 1054mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 485IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 219mgIron: 1mg
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