Chicken salad is a summer picnic staple. But in our health conscious world, many of us are hesitant to pack this typically mayonnaise laden salad into our picnic baskets.
Luckily, there is a solution to America’s mayonnaise aversion, and its name is hummus.
Hummus is a chickpea-based dip whose origins lay in the middle east. Typically, hummus is made with garlic, tahini, olive oil, lemon, spices, and, of course, chickpeas. Today, there are many flavor variations, such as basil pesto hummus, edamame hummus, and roasted red pepper hummus dip.
Hummus is both a delicious and nutritious snack or treat for any hungry human. Hummus typically contains only 25 calories per tablespoon, and is packed with nutrients, such as calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, potassium, and contains an adequate amount of protein.
One of the best attributes of hummus lays in its versatility. There are many recipes with hummus spread involved, as it adds a unique, nutty and creamy flavor to any dish. In fact, these very attributes work perfectly for the following hummus chicken salad recipe.
Hummus chicken salad is the perfect combination of cold, creamy, nutty, salty and sweet. The apples and celery provide a sweet and cool crunch, contrasting well with the creaminess of the hummus on the chicken. Meanwhile, the walnuts provide the perfect bite and a flavor profile of its own. For the best quality, use rotisserie chicken for your chicken salad.
For two servings of hummus chicken salad you need:
To make the hummus chicken salad, simply place all of the ingredients in a bowl and combine well.
As far as serving goes, the possibilities are endless. This chicken salad goes great in lettuce wraps, on toasted multi-grain bread, and tastes decadent yet refreshing on top of a big green salad.