Greek Yogurt Honey Dijon Mustard Chicken Salad

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Honey Dijon Chicken Salad has the zippy flavor of mustard, a hint of sweetness, and the crunch of apples, but it is made with Greek yogurt and no mayo. Whether you put it on a sandwich, salad, or in lettuce wraps, one big batch will make everyone in the family happy for a no-cook dinner or to meal prep for lunch all week.

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Are you a meal prep, menu plan, or fly by the seat of your pants kind of person? Honestly, I switch between all three depending on what is going on in our lives at the moment. Heck, sometimes I am all three in the span of one week.

That’s why I love having what I call my “back-pocket meals” strategy. I have a few simple recipes practically memorized that each can be served in different ways. Sometimes I plan ahead and double them to freeze some for later. Sometimes I am looking in the fridge or pulling meat out of the freezer at the last minute to throw something together.

A basic healthy chicken salad recipe is one of those back-pocket meals. Every time I go to Costco I will pick up a rotisserie chicken or two, because it’s one of my favorite leftover chicken recipes. Or if I am baking or roasting or grilling chicken, I will make extra.

Then with my standard combination of chicken with Greek yogurt, usually a little mustard and vinegar, plus a bit of something sweet such as honey or maple syrup I can easily make a big batch of chicken salad for an easy to throw together dinner (a great no-cook meal!) or to use for lunch during the week.

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad on a bed of romaine lettuce

Healthy Honey Dijon Chicken Salad Recipe

This time, the basic Greek yogurt chicken salad got mixed together with Dijon mustard and honey for that sweet and tangy combo. Some chopped apples add just a bit of crunch. And for a bit of savory saltiness, a handful of shredded sharp cheddar cheese balanced out the sweetness.

What you end up with is a family-friendly dish with flavors kids and adults enjoy!

  • Plain Greek yogurt – I usually use nonfat, but low fat or whole milk yogurt work fine.
  • Dijon mustard – you can also substitute spicy brown mustard for a slightly different flavor.
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Chicken – cooked, cooled, and shredded or chopped.
  • Apple – peeled and chopped.
  • Sharp cheddar cheese – I prefer Cabot Seriously Sharp white cheddar in this recipe, but use your favorite.
  • Chives – optional. I usually leave them out, but some people like that bit of onion flavor.
  • Salt and pepper – to taste.


  1. In a big bowl, stir the Greek yogurt, honey, Dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar together until smooth.
  2. Fold in the chicken, apples, and cheddar cheese (and chives, if using) and stir to coat evenly.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to a few days.
Two halves of a Chicken Salad Sandwich stacked on a white and blue patterned plate

Tips for Success

This mustard chicken salad will last for at least 4 or 5 days in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container.

You can cut your chicken into cubes, shred it, or a combination depending on the texture you prefer.

What kind of chicken do you use in chicken salad?

Other things to add to your chicken salad

You can totally customize your chicken salad by adding or substituting the ingredients.

  • Add dried cranberries
  • Stir in chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Use pears instead of apples
  • Omit the cheddar cheese or try it with feta or blue cheese
Honey Dijon Chicken Salad Sandwich with carrots on a blue plate

Make it a meal

Chicken salad sandwich

Chicken salad wrap or pita

Chicken salad on salad greens

  • Choose your favorite lettuce and spoon the honey Dijon chicken salad on top, along with your favorite salad veggies like cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes.
  • If you need some extra dressing, try this Creamy Maple Dijon Greek Yogurt Dressing, but swap the maple syrup for honey to complement the flavor of the chicken salad. Or try Maple Hot Bacon Dressing for a tasty smoky contrast.

Chicken salad lettuce wraps

  • Wrap that chicken salad with apples up in Romaine, Boston, or Bibb lettuce.
  • Have a spoonful of Waldorf Fruit Salad on the side, or up the protein and keep the carb count low with No-Mayo Deviled Eggs.
Honey Dijon Chicken Salad on top of lettuce with tomatoes on the side

More chicken salad recipes

Chicken Salad with apples on rye bread
5 from 3 votes

Honey Dijon Chicken Salad with Apples

Prep: 10 minutes


  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups shredded, cooked chicken (about 1-1 1/3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked)
  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped chives, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a large bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar and stir till combined.
  • Add the chicken, apples, cheddar cheese, and chives (if using), and fold together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve on a sandwich, salad, crackers, pita, etc.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Dijon Chicken Salad with Apples
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 317mg13%
Potassium 336mg10%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 148IU3%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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.


1 Comment
  1. Sarah

    5 stars
    This one is going in the rotation! My husband and I are both not big fans of mayo, so the greek yogurt substitution was nice. The dijon and vinegar did a great job cutting the pasty-ness of the yogurt and hid some of that bitter taste. We ate this a few ways throughout the week – on top of naan, in a lettuce boat, with crackers.

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