Mayonnaise Free Chicken Salad

When I was on maternity leave my friend Jessie brought over Chicken Salad from The Good Neighbor cookbook that I have since adapted and made no less than 6 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 really tasty chicken salad without the mayo because I LOVE chicken salad but mayo makes me feel REAL guilty.

Low-ish in calories, high in flavor, and easy to make? SOLD.

Hook, Thread & Tinker | Mayo Free Chicken Salad

I’ve been prepping the 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.

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

Hook, Thread & Tinker | Mayo Free Chicken Salad

Ok, so Mayo Free Chicken Salad recipe, adapted from this cookbook, which is apparently pretty awesome according to Jessie and the Amazon reviews…

Mayo Free Chicken Salad


  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 4 (6oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (sometimes I only use 3 because it makes a lot of chicken salad)
  • 4 scallions (white and light green parts only)
  • 2 crisp green apples (I use 1 and find it to be enough, but if you’re an apple lover, the recipe calls for 2)
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 1c feta cheese (I typically use 3/4c and find that it’s enough, though I LOVE feta and could easily eat more when I am not being health conscious)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (original recipe calls for 3)
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Pita bread (I like wheat pita pockets)


  • Boil chicken breasts and then shred with a fork to desired thickness – add shredded chicken to large bowl
  • Chop apples so that they are about 1/2 inch thick and add to bowl
  • Add lemon to keep apples from browning
  • Finely slice scallions and add to bowl
  • Cut celery very thin and add it to the bowl
  • Add feta into the bowl
  • Add olive oil into the bowl
  • Add kosher salt into the bowl
  • Mix well
  • Chill and eat with warm pita

I know that the recipe seems SUPER basic, and it is, but it is SO good. And easy. And tasty. According to myFitness Pal recipe builder it’s also only about 200-300 calories per serving depending on your serving size and amount of feta. I said that it’s 8 servings, which ends up being about 1.5c per serving, when I built the recipe.

Let me know if you try it and what you think!

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10 thoughts on “Mayonnaise Free Chicken Salad

  1. Aaaand, now I want chicken salad for lunch 🙂 Thanks for the new recipe! It sounds delish!

    • Ya, that’s not the most glamorous 😉
      Let me know if he tries it and likes it!
      If he likes blue cheese the original recipe used it instead of feta… I am NOT a blue cheese fan though.

  2. I am going grocery shopping tonight and adding these ingredients to my list! although I wonder if there is something I can replace the celery with.. I don’t care for celery maybe cucumber? Not sure if that would give a different taste but still has the crunch factor..

  3. Just finished making this! Tastes delicious and it made a ton so now I should be set for the rest of this week and even next! Thanks for posting the recipe

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