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Green goddess chicken salad in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.

Green Goddess Chicken Salad

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Green Goddess Chicken Salad is the protein-filled twist you never knew you needed! An easy meal idea made with tender chunks of chicken mixed into a fresh and creamy, vibrant green goddess salad dressing.


Ingredients

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Salad:

  • 1/2 cup small diced red onion (about 1/2 large red onion)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 4 cups cooked and cubed chicken breast (I used a Rotisserie chicken breast)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced celery

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 green onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Salad: In a small bowl mix together red onion, juice of 1 lime, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes while you prep the other ingredients. *see note
  2. Place the walnuts and pumpkin seeds in a medium skillet over medium heat and toast the nuts until browned and fragrant about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  3. In a large bowl combine cubed chicken, celery, diced red onion and liquid, and nuts. Set aside.
  4. Dressing: In a blender or food processor blend the mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, cilantro, green onions, garlic cloves, lime juice, salt, and pepper until smooth. 
  5. Pour the dressing on top of the chicken mixture and stir to coat.
  6. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate to allow the flavors to combine.

Notes

* marinating the onions in the lime juice softens them slightly as well as giving them a more mild flavor. You can skip this marinating step if you prefer a stronger onion taste.

Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Keywords: green goddess dressing, green goddess salad recipe, easy chicken salad recipe

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