October 20, 2015

Chicken Salad in a Pinch

I discovered this concoction the other day when I opened the fridge and literally saw a few jars of condiments, butter, seltzer and nothing else. No food + no time = no lunch? Not if I can help it! I’m a big fan of bringing my lunch not just for the nutrition aspect, but the time aspect as well. I would rater spend my time eating a relaxed lunch in my small amount of time, rather than driving, finding a place to park and waiting in line for 75% of my lunch time. What a rip off! SO- here is what I made for lunch that day. I wouldn’t be sharing it if it wasn’t tasty! This is actually a 2 in 1 recipe because it uses a homemade salad dressing as part of the recipe.

I love this recipe because everything I used was a common ingredient that I usually have one hand. I buy tuna and chicken salad in 4 packs so I always have it.

Here is the  salad dressing I make on a pretty regular basis. It keeps for a good number of weeks in the fridge. This happened to be one of the few things that was staring me in the face when I opened the fridge.



  • 3 limes or lemons (or just buy some good quality juice like this one. You can use a cheaper one, but the taste isn’t as good)
  • 1/3 of a cup olive oil OR what looks to be an equal about of oil to citrus juice
  • 1 Tbs dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper


  1. If juicing your lemons of limes, I suggest using on of these. I use it almost daily!
  2. Put everything in a ball jar or blender cup and blend for 10-20 seconds. Will look creamy
  3. Store in fridge
  4. Take out of fridge a few minutes before use (not necessary unless you want to pour it on a salad). It will get very thick when it’s cold.




  • 1 large can of chicken (organic if you can find it. I found it at BJ’s actually)
  • 1 packet of guacamole (I freeze the whole box of packets and put a few in the fridge at the beginning of the week). Here are the ones I use- Wholly Guacamole Packets (Big Y, Stop and Shop, Target, BJ’s)IMG_1762
  • 3-4 Tbs Basic Salad Dressing (above)
  • 1 diced up apple
  • Dried cranberries
  • Chopped pecans, slivered almonds, or sunflower seeds


  • Mix everything together, and pack it up for lunch!
  • Serving suggestions- Scoop with some plantain chips, celery sticks or carrots sticks (whole ones, cut in half make a good scooper), or make some romaine leaf roll ups.




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