Buffalo Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese for #SundaySupper

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The mercury is rising, so #SundaySupper is here with an entire menu for Summer Chillin’ – meaning food served cold to help you beat the heat. And who says a cool lunch or dinner can’t heat you up with a kick of spice? Get all your favorite hot wings flavor, including the carrots and blue cheese that go along with them, all in this Greek yogurt-based, protein-packed Buffalo and Blue Cheese Chicken Salad.

Buffalo Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Salad with blue cheese on top of fresh greens.

For the longest time, The Hubby was anti-GPS. Refused to get one, refused to let me get one. He always said he preferred to get directions and look at a map because he is a visual person, and didn’t want to trust a silly device. Well, I was very glad when I got an iPhone that I could use as a GPS, because my sense of direction leaves something to be desired. Well, when we got our minivan, it came with a built-in navigation system, thus replacing The Hubby’s previous built-in navigation system – ME. Not really a good idea, given my aforementioned issues with being directionally impaired.

This is where the problem comes in – he leaves vacation planning to me. This includes how to get to where we are going and all of our day trips and excursions while we are there. I use a combination of the nav system in the van and the nav system on my phone. So what is the problem, you ask?

He trusts neither me, nor Siri, nor Angelina (our minivan). Well, he trusts us until he doesn’t trust us, and then when he doesn’t trust us, he either follows us and then gets mad if we are leading him in a direction that he doesn’t think is right or he follows us and then gets mad because he thinks his way would have been better or doesn’t follow us and goes his own way and gets mad when that is the wrong way to go.


Get yourself a freakin’ map and figure it out yourself. Before we are in the car, two small children buckled into carseats, about to pull out of the driveways or parking lot.

You know what you can always rely on, though? Making pretty much anything “Buffalo-style”. I’ve been on a kick lately – tots, has, and now chicken salad…

Buffalo chicken salad in a pita wrap, on a green plate with carrot slices.

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Chicken Salad is another fabulous way for me to get my Buffalo chicken fix. And my blue cheese fix. Two of my favorite things ever, despite the fact that I don’t like Buffalo wings. And my chicken salad fix, since I don’t like a ton of mayo, but love love love chicken salad when I make it with Greek yogurt to replace most or all of the mayo. Definitely makes it lighter and adds more protein and calcium, and I think the slight tanginess complements the blue cheese and cools off the hot sauce just a bit. Though you can totally adjust that up or down, depending on your heat tolerance level. I tend to hold back a little so that my boys will eat it, but then add some extra to my own serving.

I’m totally thinking adding some bacon would be pretty much awesome, too, like my Buffalo Bacon Blue Dip, because, well, umm, bacon! Pretty much makes everything better. But since we are talking about cold foods today and I used leftover chicken, I didn’t want you to feel pressured to heat up your kitchen to cook up some bacon.

Buffalo Chicken Salad with blue cheese on top of fresh greens.

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Buffalo chicken salad in a pita wrap, on a green plate with carrot slices.

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Buffalo Chicken Salad with blue cheese on top of fresh greens.
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Buffalo Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese brings your favorite hot wings flavor to a cold chicken salad, perfect for topping some greens or stuffing in a sandwich!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise I used Light
  • 4 Tablespoons total of hot sauce plus apple cider vinegar I used 3 Tablespoons hot sauce plus 1 Tablespoon vinegar, but you can adjust to your desired heat level
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled chicken shredded and/or chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese use a gluten-free variety if that is a concern for you
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, stir together the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, hot sauce, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Stir in the chicken and carrots until coated, then gently stern in the blue cheese.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Serve on top of salad greens, on a sandwich, in a pita, etc.
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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Buffalo Chicken Salad with blue cheese on top of fresh greens.
  1. LOL … I think everyone has GPS issues! the entire time we lived in England – even with the snazziest, shiniest, newest, bad-ass GPS out there, it would happily announce “YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR DESTINATION!” about 1-2 miles before your actual destination, and thats as close as it ever got ya. Then it was up to you to figure it out from there which usually meant we planned an extra 15-20 minutes to the estimated time to get to where we wanted to wind up plus finding parking… nightmare. that GPS nearly had us divorced once it drove us so completely NUTS!! LOL, well… not exactly, but you just never know. Good luck with all your GPS-ing! I hope you dont have too many long trips planned!

    Love your buffalo chicken too – can’t say that I’ve ever turned down the buffalo chicken withe blue cheese and bacon combo…. yet… : )

  2. Lori Hart

    I like this! Perfect in a pita too. I found your recipe over at the Create, Link, Inspire Tuesday link party at Naptime Creations. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you would come over and share this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it! Here is the link http://bit.ly/1jlh94r. Have a wonderful day!

  3. I kind of love that your minivan’s name is Angelina. Where did her name come from? I name my cars, too. My favorite was my previous car, Carmela. I named her that because well, obviously, she was a CAR, but also, I got her the same week that The Sopranos was ending, so she was named after one of the main characters on that, too 🙂

  4. Maridele

    I just found your blog from a Pinterest pin! Love finding new interesting food blogs! I have some leftover rotisserie chicken in the frig and I love buffalo chicken and blue cheese. This is getting made today!

      1. Maridele

        Absolutely love this salad! Just had it for lunch on whole white pitas. Added lots of spring mix lettuce. Delish!

  5. This looks so yummy. I probably would make in on a sandwich verses on the salad. One question though, is it spicy? I have had some buffalo chicken that isn’t but some that really is.

    1. You can totally adjust the spiciness to what you like. I think it need a total of about 4 tablespoons of liquid for a good consistency, but you can make some of that apple cider vinegar to get the tang and moisture, and cut down on the hot sauce. Or just cut back on the liquid and it’ll be a little thicker.

  6. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily

    That’s so funny, it must be a guy thing because my husband is like that as well. He barely got a smart phone a year ago! This is all kinds of perfect!!! I love buffalo anything and especially your shredded, lightened up version! Perfect for summer!

  7. LOL I don’t always trust Siri either, she likes to make me take the highway to places down the street… weirdo!

    Loving all your buffalo recipes lately, you’re on a roll!

  8. Your chicken salad with a kick sounds amazing, Brianne! And had to giggle at your GPS woes…when we were in France, we rented a car with GPS in FRENCH! Which we couldn’t speak! It took forever for us to get it switched over to English, and that’s when a good map would have been very helpful :/

  9. Hahahahaha that sounds like MY husband! He’s just the same… I love planning vacations, but I hate it when he complains afterwards… 😉 I love your idea of a buffalo chicken salad!

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