Summer Brown Rice Chicken Salad

Looking for a cool, refreshing, and mayo-free summer chicken salad?  This recipe may be just the thing.  I first came across this light dish while taking a college nutrition course.  Our instructor (also a dietitian) handed out some of her favorite recipes each week, and this was one of them.  It is packed with protein and fiber and pretty light on fat and sugar.  It’s pretty easy to whip up and lasts for a few days in the fridge.  And, if your little ones are anything like mine, they will have fun picking out the grapes…and maybe a few other morsels as well.  
Eat it alone as a salad, or spread it on a wrap.

Either way, it is delicious!

Summer Brown Rice Chicken Salad

4 cups Brown Rice, cooked
1-2 cups Cooked Chicken, chopped or shredded
1 Carrot, shredded
1 cup Grapes, cut in half
1 Cucumber, diced
3/4 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt

Mix first 5 ingredients in a large bowl.  In small bowl, whisk together dressing and yogurt.  Pour dressing over chicken and rice mixture and mix well.  Chill overnight in refrigerator.  Enjoy!

Recipe Options:  Throw in a cup of toasted walnuts or slivered almonds for some added healthy fats and yummy crunch.  Sour cream may also be used in place of Greek yogurt.

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Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby



  1. Looks yummy! I found you via Mom’s Monday Mingle and I’m your newest follower. I hope you can visit and follow me back.

  2. This looks so good! Stopping by from the Mingle :) Newest follower via GFC + Twitter. Hope to see you at Me + the Moon sometime!

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  3. I love the idea of mayo-free! This is great, thanks for posting.

  4. New follower from the blog hop! Love your blog! I have 3 under 3 and am always looking for new ideas!
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  5. Participating in Mom’s Monday Mingle for the first time & I’m your newest follower! :)


  6. This recipe looks good! We will have to try it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m following you back!

  7. Yum, yum, yum! I love the addition of the grape!

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    Have a great weekend!

    • Wow, that is wonderful! What an honor! I’ve seen a few of your BOTM, but I’ll check out the link now. Definitely interested. Thank you! :)

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