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Chicken Salad with Celery in Yogurt Dressing

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

14 Comments
  1. Scrumptious looking! perfect when it’s hot outside.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. What’s the Turkish for “Enjoy brilliant food and keep slim” ?!

  3. Hi Farida
    Never seen this sald before but it looks so delicious. I will have to try it !

  4. That looks so good! I’ll have to give it a whirl!

  5. Hi Feride, I love how healthy this chicken salad looks compared to the others I am used to that usually use mayo exclusively. I was wondering do you dice the chicken breasts or run them through the food processor, the consistency looks very fine in your photo. Thanks for another wonderful recipe! Jasmine

  6. Jasmine, thank you for catching that. I forgot to mention – just tear it into thin strips with your hands. Will add it now.

  7. Hi, Feride! I’m pretty familiar with azeri cuisine. I looked through your blog as my friend has shared it and as i am a big fan of culinary arts. Your blog is nice coz i noticed that you put a lot of your strength to make it nice. It’s perfect for housewifes.

  8. Hi Feride,

    I missed reading your post too. I’m now on your email subscription so I won’t miss any of your post. :-) This looks very healthy and nice. Your picture made it look extra good. This looks great for sandwich!

  9. Both you and I love the tender to crisp aspects of a delicious salad such as this. Love your addition of yogurt which I’m sure imparts a tangy bite…mmm!

  10. Hello Feride,

    you have no idea how happy I am after I discovered your site. I tried some of your recipes and my oh my!!! You certainly changed my food menu…and my family is always excited now about what i will have for them from your recipes :) . Bless you and thanks a lot. Gehan

  11. what can i substitute for the celery sticks ?

  12. WENDY – Celery is the gist of the salad for its crunchiness and taste. Not sure if anything else would do the same thing to the salad.

  13. I too am having a difficult time finding celery. I live in Sumgayit and I have not found celery either here or in Baku. I miss it a lot for other dishes also. Is there a source you could recommend here?

  14. People in Turkey don’t eat celery sticks much, so they use chopped up lettuce.

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