This is one of my favorite salads from Turkish cuisine. I love how the tender chicken breast pairs with crunchy celery, cucumber, and walnuts. I also love the fact that this salad is healthier than most of its mayonnaise laden cousins – the dressing here is good old plain yogurt, mixed, if desired, for a richer taste, with only a few tablespoonfuls of mayonnaise. Try this salad. You’ll love it.
Chicken Salad with Celery in Yogurt Dressing
Serves about 6
2 chicken breasts, cooked in slightly salted water until tender, and torn into thin strips by hand
3 celery stalks, thoroughly washed and finely chopped
3 medium fresh cucumbers, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
About 2 cups plain yogurt (adjust the amount as needed)
3 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional)
Salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
Chopped fresh dill, to garnish
Combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Adjust the amount of yogurt, mayonnaise, and seasoning to taste. Chill before serving. Transfer to a serving plate, and sprinkle the top with chopped fresh dill.