Avocado and Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad (No Mayonnaise)

Avocado and Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad (No Mayo)

Chicken salad is always a summer time favorite. It is easy to make, can be prepared in advance, and is used in a variety of ways (pita, wrap, stuffed in tomatoes, as is, etc). However, the problem with a traditional chicken salad recipe is it’s loaded with mayonnaise. 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise is 100 calories and some recipes call for at least ½ cup or more. As you can imagine this can be an issue for those of us trying to eat healthy.

Well I found a solution. A delicious solution. One that will never have you missing mayonnaise ever! I am not kidding. Plain Greek yogurt and a ripe avocado mashed together and mixed with chopped or shredded chicken breast. Who knew?!  I threw in some spices and chopped red onion for crunch. OH MY GOD. Soooo good.

Here’s a video I made to bring this recipe to life.


This recipe is very versatile and you can play around with different flavors. I was thinking about adding in some feta cheese and oregano for a little Greek flare. Maybe a little chipotle seasoning and cilantro for some added kick. Yum! I also really enjoy the crunch from the red onion. If you are not a red onion fan then leave it out or add in another crunchy vegetable. Sky is the limit with this basic recipe.

If you were trying to figure out a way to fit chicken salad into your summer menu then give this recipe a try. You will love it!

Avocado and Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Recipe

5.0 from 26 reviews
Avocado and Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad (No Mayo)
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Serves: 4
  • 1 ripe avocado, removed from skin
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ ground pepper
  • 2 cups finely chopped or shredded cooked chicken
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 small lime
  1. In a medium bowl mash together avocado and greek yogurt until smooth.
  2. Stir in garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add chicken and red onion to avocado mixture and stir until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Squeeze in half the juice from the lime. Give it a taste, squeeze in the rest of the lime if needed. I used all of the lime juice.
  5. Serve in a wrap, in a pita, or anyway you typically enjoy chicken salad.
Make ahead instructions

This recipe can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¾ cup Calories: 140 Fat: 6 WW Points +: 4 Fiber: 3 Protein: 17


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  1. Lisa Nichols says:

    I just made this with leftover oven roasted turkey breast. So good!! I added some finely chopped celery for an extra crunch. I rolled it in a spinach wrap. The avocado and plain yogurt was so good I may never use mayo in anything again! Love this website! I’ve lost 25 lbs since mid-April using your recipes and getting off my duff to walk and use the elliptical. Thanks!

  2. No wonder this recipe has gone viral – it looks delicious! I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to go mayo-less. Aren’t avocados just the best? Thanks for the recipe – I can’t wait to try it.

  3. Your instructions did not tell when to add the garlic

  4. When is the garlic to be added?

  5. Dimitra says:

    I made your recipe last night, and I think it is going to be my favorite snack throughout summer. Hubby liked it too, so this is extra bonus.

  6. Kathlee says:

    I will try this recipe today. Looks delicious. Maybe will try some grapes or cherries in with it.

  7. This recipe is wonderful! So simple and healthier than the usual mayo laden chicken salad. New favorite.

  8. ‘Made this tonight–what a great recipe! I am so glad that I stumbled upon it! I’ll keep coming back for more.

  9. Lynn Stahler says:

    I shredded a carrot and diced 2 stalks of celery and a cucumber then added 4 oz cooked salmon from last night … then 1/2 an avocado and 2 T non-fat Greek yogurt … mixed it all up and put it in an Herbed Spinach tortilla wrap. We split it for lunch and there’s enough for a snack or a small wrap for our 22yr old. Dr. Just added 2 more blood pressure medications for the hubs & told him to lose 50 lbs. Your site will be of great help!

  10. Stephanie says:

    I just made this for lunch and it is delicious!! I added almost 3 cups of chicken, and it was still very creamy. Wonderful on a wrap with some torn romaine and cucumbers! Thanks for the awesome recipes!

  11. Wendy L. says:

    This looks wonderful. Going to the grocery store tomorrow and would like to get some good wraps to use with this. Do you have a post about wraps? Or what kind do you suggest that are tasty yet lower cal or healthy too? Thanks for all your help.

    • I am totally stuck on Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Square Lavash for wraps. It is a bit thin, but only 50 calories for half of a large piece. This is my go-to bread. Their pitas are great also. Can get at Walmart or order online.

  12. Gwen L. says:

    Love adding halved green or red seedless grapes to chicken salad…..chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds are nice touches, too.

  13. Rebecca says:

    Hi! Looks yummy! One question…. Whole fat or non fat greek yogurt? Also, what brand do you use?

    • Rebecca says:

      Looks like I posted the same question twice! Sorry! I didn’t see my question and thought it must not have sent from my phone.

  14. What is granulated garlic? Is that garlic powder?

  15. Sorry to be a non-avocado and greek yogurt person, but they just don’t appeal to me, any suggestions on substitutes. I love chicken salad and would love some refreshing and weight conscious suggestions to try!


  16. Had it for lunch on a whole wheat pita! So yymmy! I already can’t wait for lunch tomorrow! It doesn’t miss the mayo at all!

  17. I love chicken salad with some walnuts and grapes (or dried cherries) in it. I am going to try it in this recipe.

  18. Maggie Guthrie says:

    This sounds yummy, and I will have to try it! I like chopped celery in my chicken salad, and pickle relish or chopped pickles are a must.

  19. Brittney says:

    I’ve been using Greek yogurt as a mayo substitute for quite awhile now but decided to try the avocado with it. It’s definitely a good combo. I took your recipe and gave it a little spicy kick as I’m very into spicy. I put fresh cilantro, red onion, yellow bell pepper, garlic, a jalapeño finely diced, cumin and chipotle chili powder. I used a portion of a rotisserie chicken to make it. It turned out wonderful! Thanks for the idea.

  20. Sounds luscious! One tiny suggestion: When you give the mixture that first squirt of lime juice, mix it in and let it all stand for about 10 to 15 minutes in order for all the ingredients to “marry”. That can make all the difference in flavor, than if you add more right away. This standing time is good also for other mixtures such as salsas, guacamole, dips and spreads.

  21. christine says:

    I had this tonight and added green apples instead of red onion (I’m allergic) It was great! Eat it on a bed of lettuce.

  22. I made this for lunch today. So far, it tastes good. I have it sitting for a bit for the flavors to blend together. Question, I’ve never bought or made anything with avocado before, they had a sticker that said RIPE in the store, but they did not seem to mush up easily…..I even put them in a mini food chopper, but it was definitely not smooth….still tastes pretty good. Did I do something wrong with the avocado??

    • If the avocado is ripe it should give a little when you press on it. You don’t want it to feel mushy or it’s too ripe. It it feels hard to the touch then it’s not ripe. If you put it in a brown paper bag or put it in a bowl with other fruits it will speed up the ripening process.

  23. This is sooooo much better than using mayo! My chicken was pre-seasoned thighs (Greek recipe) which made it even more tasty! I also added chopped celery. I used garlic powder. It came out delicious!!! Want to try the tuna one next!

  24. This was an awesome recipe, I am a weight watcher member and have missed chicken salad since I don’t like the lowfat mayo, this is phenomenal! Even my mom loved it and she is skeptical of some of my lowfat recipes sometimes.

  25. This looks amazing. I bet some dried cranberries would finish it off perfectly. Will try it in lettuce wraps

  26. Just made this tonight, so good! I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow.

  27. I can freeze these right? I mean after I wrap them? I really need to freeze them. I have quite a few here.

    • I’d like to know if these hold up in the freezer too. They look delicious and would be great in my lunch recipe-rotation. It would be perfect if I could stock my freezer, since I would be the only one eating these and I need a bit of variation.

      Just starting to take on my first meal-time hotzone. Thank you for your blog Tammy, lots of love from the Netherlands!

  28. just made this!! super delish and cant wait to put in a wrap for my lunch at work tomorrow!!!! yum yum yumo!!!

  29. Wow!!! Hands down the best chicken salad I have EVER had! Just perfect. Thank you.

  30. jess reese says:

    Unbelievably good!!! Thanks so much. This made me wonder whether plain Greek yogurt in place of mayo might work for healthier deviled eggs. You’re my new favorite blog!!!

  31. Is the avocados mashed or just cut in slices? Looking forward to making this!

  32. I made this recipe last night and it was amazing! I can’t believe how good the avocado and greek yogurt taste! I honestly didn’t miss the mayo!!! I’m now going through and grabbing other recipes to try out!! Thank you!!!! 🙂

  33. This week I’ve decided to experiment with the whole “meal prep” idea. This recipe is perfect! The avocado/greek yogurt combo is delicious! I added pickle and lemon pepper. Thank you for sharing!

  34. Holy Avvocado!!! I just made this for my lunch tomorrow and it’s so good I want to eat it now!!! We have a pasta lunch at work tomorrow and I didn’t want to blow it. I went searching for something delicious & healthy & found this. Thank you for sharing this. Chicken salad is my comfort food so this is my go to recipe from here on out. Once a month I get together with all my sisters for creative projects. We all host it twice a year & try to serve a healthy & delicious lunch. Now I know what I’ll be serving. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  35. I made this today. I cooked the chicken in a slow cooker for 6 hours with 2 cups of organic chicken broth. Easily shredded. So freagin yummy!

  36. Can’t wait to try this. Chicken was cooked with garlic and onion. Will leave the powdered forms out (add TOO much sodium). Will opt for celery, too. Love this!!!

  37. This was delicious!!!!! I added cilantro and apples … My husband loved too . We will be making this again for sure

    • CptSmashy says:

      Why didn’t I think of that? Got a bowl of apples on the counter and fresh cilantro growing in the garden.

      Next time.

  38. Just wondering…the recipe card says 6 ww points, the info underneath the recipe card says 4 WW points. Which one? I would’ve used the calculator to figure it out myself but there is no info on how much carbs are in a serving. Thanks!!

  39. CptSmashy says:

    I knew there had to be substitute for mayo in one of my favorite things and I found your recipe.

    It is DELICIOUS! I subbed some diced cucumber for the onions to keep the crunch without too much onion.

    Pretty sure this will become a go to fix for left over roasted chicken. =)

  40. Maria Fernanda Sanchez says:

    Delicious, thanks!
    I added a bit of cucumber (deseeded and chopped), a bit of chopped lettuce and a few chopped fresh basil leaves… You should try it! 😉

  41. Thank you so much for this recipe. It is so amazingly delicious! Even my picky sister ate it and loved it !!
    I was really scared of the “yogurt” but wow. It really worked out. Don’t be scared!
    Thanks again!

  42. Melinda says:

    Does this keep in the fridge or will it turn black with the avocado?

  43. This was sooooo good! Made it Monday and had today for lunch on low-carb wrap. I will have to try Tuna salad one too! Thanks!

  44. I was skeptical biting into it not going to lie. I am not a big fan of onions or lime. However this was a fantastic recipe!!! I will be using this for my work lunches, thanks!

  45. hi! I was wondering if it was 6 points including the wrap?! Or is it just 6points for the mixture!

  46. Just made this for lunch (minus chopped onions) rolled up on a lettuce leaf and it was delicious!! My 11 year old , 9 year old and 3 year old all liked it too. Looking forward to viewing more of your recipes. I am not trying to lose weight right now because I am pregnant, but I am trying to eat as healthy as possible and not gain too much weight as I already had 20 pounds extra. No cutting calories, just replacing bad stuff with good stuff. Thanks!!

  47. Fariya Ali says:

    So simple, yet so good… Fabulous recipe!! Thanks so much for creating this!

  48. What would calories look like if made with rotisserie chicken?

  49. This is one of my favorite recipes it’s amazing! I kept going into the fridge to sneak bites before it was mealtime!!! I added a little more salt and pepper than the recipe called for and 1/2 tsp dried dill. Have made many times! Thank you for this awesome recipe!

  50. Made this today! So awesome!!!!

  51. Elizabeth says:

    I just made this for my supper and it was delicious. Thank you for the great healthy recipe.

  52. Ellen Littlejohn says:

    I’m trying this recipe today, I’m always looking for higher protein recipes!!! Thank you…keep sending these!

  53. Michiele says:

    What an excellent idea to combine the yogurt and avocado. Absolutely delicious. Thank you!!

  54. I just made this and it is AMAZING! I added grape tomatoes cut up to absorb some of the liquid. I wrapped the salad in turmeric wraps which really added nicely to the taste. Will definitely make this again!

  55. Olivia Dawson says:

    Just made this and I loved it!

  56. Hello…a big thanks from Norway! This chikensalad was so insane good!! I just had to say thanks for this recipe! Even my 2 year old loved it!!

  57. This was completely and totally delicious! Will definitely be one of my go to’s now. Thanks!

  58. Super good! We added 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro to it to enhance the lime. Super yummy!

  59. Liza Diehl says:

    Just started WW and was looking for a no-mayo chicken salad that would still be creamy and not taste “low-fat” or fake. This recipe is perfect – thanks!!

  60. lakeisha says:

    OMG!!!!!! I made this chicken salad today, and it is hands down the best I’ve ever had, with less calories. Will be trying more of your recipies in the future.


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