Sweet and tangy pineapple and crunchy macadamia nuts add fresh and fruity flair to your usual chicken salad recipe while Greek yogurt makes this this a lighter Tropical Chicken Salad.
Tropical Chicken Salad
Disclaimer: This recipe was developed through a sponsored partnership with Dole. As always, all opinions are my own.
The things we do to get our kids to eat. My kids are pretty good, so I can’t imagine what it’s like to have a really picky eater, but even I have to use my own bag of tricks. Things like putting more veggies and less of the stuff they really love on their plate and telling them they can’t have more till they have their veggies. Covering things with cheese. Keeping their drinks on the counter so they don’t fill up on water and milk when I make something that may not be their favorite. Stirring plain Greek yogurt into anything spicy.
That being said, I also respect the things they really don’t like. The Bug and his tomatoes. Little Dude and anything whipped or mashed. But if it’s something they are just a little iffy about, they at least need to try a bite. And if it’s something they usually like and are just being pains, they are eating it.
So about those tomatoes. I had to give The Bug advance notice that I was subjecting him to the much-dreaded veggie when I packed this in his lunch…
But this Tropical Chicken Salad recipe needed a little color and crisp little bit to go with the creamy Greek yogurt and lime dressing, the juicy pineapple, and the crunch of macadamia nuts. This isn’t your mama’s chicken salad. It’s sweet and savory and tangy, with tons of texture. Plus let’s just talk about all of the protein, while being lightened up a bit since it doesn’t have any mayo. And when chicken salad evokes thoughts of warm, sunny beaches and little umbrella drinks, you know you are in for something good.
No umbrella drinks for the kids though. Just pitas.
Now one thing I don’t have to use any gimmicks to get my kids to eat it is fruit from Dole. Whether it’s Fruit Bowls or California Pitted Dates in their lunches, frozen fruits in their smoothies, or pineapple in energy balls or this chicken salad, I don’t have to ask them twice or bribe them to devour this wholesome goodness.
I am always happy to #SharetheSunshine in Dole Packaged Foods, because I know their fruits are all-natural and non-GMO, plus they are available any time of year! For more ideas on how you can Share the Sunshine, make sure you are following Dole on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, as well as check out their entire product line. Also make sure you check out their Instagram account this week where I am taking over to share lunchbox inspiration and recipe hacks.
Then go make yourself a sammie!
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Tropical Chicken Salad
Pineapple and macadamia nuts add fresh and fruity flair to your usual chicken salad recipe while Greek yogurt makes it light and healthy.
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced scallion
- 2 1/2 cups 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)
- 1 cup Dole Pineapple Tidbits or Pineapple Slices cut into small pieces, drained
- 1/4 cup chopped red pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, lime juice, and scallion until smooth.
- Add the chicken, pineapple, red pepper, and macadamia nuts and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve on sandwiches, salads, or wraps.
Enjoy this Tropical Chicken Salad Recipe!
Want some more chicken salad recipes?
And here are some from my friends…
- Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad from i heart eating
- Taco Chicken Salad from Simply Stacie
- Cranberry Apple Pecan Chicken Salad from NeighborFood