Asian-Inspired Sesame Pineapple Chicken Salad

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Looking for a dinner you can prepare ahead of time so the family can grab some when they are running in and out between work, school, practices, activities, and meetings? Or want to get ahead on lunch prep for the week? Mix up some Asian-Inspired Sesame Pineapple Chicken Salad!

Disclaimer: Yoplait provided samples of the Yoplait Greek yogurt. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Some bloggers have their poke cakes, while other have their pudding cookies. Another might have brownie bombs, and someone else has gooey bars. You know, their go-to recipe. Start with a basic recipe, change a few ingredients, and you get something completely new. Awesome blogger strategy for cranking out new recipes.

So, I have chicken salad. OK, well maybe I only have three so far, but there are more lurking in my head. In fact there are even more I have made but not photographed and posted. That means you will continue to get chicken salad recipes, most often made with primarily Greek yogurt. Sorry, not as exciting as gooey pudding poke bombs, but whatevs. Super delicious! And all that protein!

It could be worse. I could give you 47,462,918 recipes for, I don’t know, brussels sprouts. (Sorry, I know there are lots of sprout fans out there…  I’m not one of them.)

Asian-style pineapple chicken salad on a plate.

This one is made with pineapple-flavored Yoplait Greek, probably my second favorite flavor. I am not a mayo fan, but since I wasn’t adding mustard to this one, it needed something to balance out and tone down the sweetness. A smidge of sesame oil really amps up the flavor, and red pepper, scallion, cilantro, and sliced almonds add crunch and color. Because, let’s face it, chicken salad ain’t winning any food beauty contests. The least I could do was add something to keep it from being a white blob.

So scoop it on a salad, smush it between some bread, stuff it in a pita, or roll it in a wrap. Heck, eat it straight out of the bowl with a fork (not that I would know anything about that). This is yet another one that got a big time Hubby stamp of approval, and The Bug also ate a couple of sammies, as well.

Asian-style pineapple chicken salad on a plate.

Do you have a go-to recipe that you like to change up different ways?

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5 from 1 vote

Asian-Inspired Sesame Pineapple Chicken Salad

Made with Greek yogurt, this chicken salad is packed with protein, Asian flavors & crunch for an easy weekday lunch or dinner.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes


  • 4 c cooked chicken chopped and/or shredded (poach a couple of breasts, use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, or leftovers from a roast chicken)
  • Two individual serving size cups of Pineapple Greek yogurt I used two 5.3 oz. containers of Yoplait Greek Pineapple
  • 1/4 c mayonnaise light is fine
  • 2 T rice vinegar
  • 1 t sesame oil
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced, green part only
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 1 T chopped cilantro
  • 1/ c sliced almonds
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, mayo, vinegar, and sesame oil.
  • Stir in the chicken, scallion, red pepper, cilantro, and almonds.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve on a salad, in a sandwich, wrap or pita, or with crackers or chips.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.



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And how about a few from my friends:

  1. I would rather have a chicken salad recipe over poke cake any day! So you are my new virtual best friend. 🙂 Loving this recipe, I usually like a sweet and savory chicken salad and this fits the bill perfectly. Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturdays! Pinning asap!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    1. You know what, I am not a mayo fan either, but the little bit here really just cuts the sweetness and tartness of the Greek yogurt, but I am sure just toning it down with some plain yogurt would be great too. Let me know!

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