The worst, or rather unhealthiest, part of chicken salad is the mayonnaise. So to lighten up this version, I swapped out ½ cup of regular mayo for a mixture of light mayo and pureed white beans.
White beans, you ask?? I totally wish I could take credit for this trick but I actually got this idea from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Sneaky Chef (check it out below). I got it a couple of years ago with my food processor and I’ve tried tons of recipes from it and fell in love with the concept. Basically, the author uses fruit, veggie and bean purees in place of high fat ingredients. I’ve made chocolate French toast, blueberry muffins and ice cream that all have these “sneaky” purees in them and they’re delicious!
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Back to my chicken salad, I combined all the ingredients and I was done! I packed it for my lunch next day to share with Kat. It was good, but the chicken needed to be diced smaller and it needed a tad more mayo/bean mix to make it more cohesive. I made those adjustments and had it again the next day and it was much better!
Nutritionally, the lightened up version has almost 100 calories less than the original and the fat was reduced by 60%!
|Nutritional Information||Nutritional Information|
|Servings Per Recipe: 6||Servings Per Recipe: 6|
|Amount Per Serving||Amount Per Serving|
|Calories: 243||Calories: 165|
|Fat: 17 g||Fat: 6.7 g|
|Sodium: 550 mg||Sodium: 149 mg|
|Fiber: 1 g||Fiber: 1.5 g|
What food do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Here’s the recipe!
Fit Chick(en) Salad
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp light mayo
2 tbsp pureed white beans
2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1 c celery, diced
1/3 c slivered almonds
Combine all ingredients and chill.