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Walnut Chicken Salad Sandwich

From: Walnut Marketing Board

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Serves 4


Most chicken salads are loaded with mayonnaise; this one relies on a yogurt-based dressing to make it moist, flavorful and lower in calories. Use whole wheat pita bread if you can find it; it contains more fiber, and it's nutty flavor works well with the walnuts in the salad.


  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh spinach OR 3 Tbsps finely chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill or tarragon OR ½ tsp dried dill or tarragon
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 cups diced, cooked white meat chicken
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 cup chopped California walnuts
  • Salt and pepper, if desired
  • Several leaves iceberg or other crisp lettuce
  • 4 pita breads, halved, if making sandwiches


  1. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, yogurt, lemon juice, mustard, green onion, dill or tarragon and celery. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the chicken, apple, and chopped walnuts, blend well, then season to taste with salt and pepper if desired.
  3. Either serve the salad on a bed of lettuce leaves, or spoon about ½ cup of the salad into each pita half, tuck in a lettuce leave, and serve. Serves 4.

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