Sick of “regular” chicken salad? Try this Paleo Tarragon Chicken Salad with toasted pine nuts, apples and a classic egg-free vinaigrette (no mayonnaise!)
This gluten-free and dairy-free Tarragon Chicken Salad recipe is one of those (hallelujah) two-step MIX and EAT, utilizing leftover shredded (or chopped) chicken. It brings together tart, sweet, crunchy, creamy, nutty and bright all in one satisfying healthy meal.
I served it over some beautiful local organic sunflower microgreens, but arugula, romaine, kale, or spring mix works too. And if you’re low on greens, serve as a topping for gluten-free crackers, tostones or eat it on it’s own.
To make this an egg-free recipe without using any mayo, I created a classic vinaigrette to toss the salad with that has a nice oil-acid balance. One of the biggest mistakes I see home cooks make is not adding enough acid to their food. Examples of acid include vinegar, citrus juice, fresh garlic, and mustard.
What you need for Paleo Tarragon Chicken Salad:
Pre-cooked chicken, diced or shredded
Extra virgin olive oil
White wine vinegar
Plain yogurt of choice: dairy, almond, cashew, coconut, etc – the creamier the better
Salt and Pepper
* High on the EWG Dirty Dozen list for pesticides and herbicides, so I recommend purchasing organic.
If you need to make any substitutions, here are a few examples:
Jicama for apples
Cashews or pecans for pine nuts
Canned light tuna for chicken
Dried cranberries for raisins
Apple cider vinegar for white wine vinegar
Egg-free or egg mayo for yogurt
Lastly, if you’re looking for any other easy gluten-free make ahead lunch recipes:
Tarragon Chicken Salad with Pine Nuts and Apples
2 cups pre-cooked shredded plain chicken, cold or room temperature
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced gala apple
¼ cup toasted pine nuts*
3 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons chopped tarragon, tightly packed
Egg Free Vinaigrette
3 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons plain yogurt of choice (almond, coconut, cashew etc)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Toss with the chicken salad until well combined. Serve over greens of choice.