Lemon Chicken Salad with Apples is an easy homemade chicken salad recipe with a light, creamy dressing. Serve over fresh greens, in a sandwich or in wraps.
Lemon chicken salad with apples is our favorite chicken salad recipe. It's made with baked chicken breasts and apples in a creamy dressing with a touch of lemon for extra flavor. If you want a change from traditional chicken salad, this easy recipe is for you!
I've been making this lemon chicken apple salad for awhile now. It started out as a way to use up leftover lemon chicken, but it changed over the years.
Now, I use my favorite oven baked chicken recipe whenever I need cooked chicken for chicken salad. I also started making the dressing lighter by using Greek yogurt.
It's super simple, and the prep is minimal. There's no celery, nuts or onions, so you don't have a lot of chopping to do -- just the apples.
Sometimes, I make this chicken salad with cranberries. And since the kids love grapes, I make this chicken salad recipe with grapes just for them.
How to make lemon chicken salad with apples
Start out by mixing the dressing ingredients in a large mixing bowl. It's super simple -- just a mix of Greek yogurt, mayo, a little bit of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
Then, throw in some chopped apples, lemon juice and zest. I used Granny Smith this time, but you can use any apple. Sometimes, I even do a combo of different apples.
The lemon juice adds flavor and keeps the apples from turning brown. The zest isn't totally necessary, so if you don't have a zester, it's fine.
Mix in your chopped cooked chicken, and that's it! You can also zest some lemon peel over the top and add fresh parsley for even more flavor.
What do you serve with chicken salad
This recipe makes the best chicken salad sandwiches, especially on a croissant! You can also serve chicken salad over fresh greens or make wraps using tortillas. My aunt once served chicken salad stuffed in tomatoes at a ladies' lunch!
How long does chicken salad last in the fridge
Since this chicken salad has apples, it's best to eat it within a day or two. Otherwise, the apples start to brown. Without the apples, chicken salad should last 3 days.
Easy lemon chicken salad recipe with apples
Lemon Chicken Salad with Apples
- ½ cup yogurt
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 diced Granny Smith apples washed, cored and diced
- 3 small cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest optional
- Add yogurt, mayo and mustard to a large bowl, and mix until well combined
- Stir in the sea salt and pepper
- Add the chicken, apples, lemon juice and zest (if using) and mix well. Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to eat
I hope you enjoy this easy lemon chicken salad with apples as much as we do!