Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Hawaiian Chicken Salad

This Hawaiian Chicken Salad is a vibrant and refreshing dish that captures the essence of tropical flavors. Tender, juicy chicken breast is combined with sweet pineapple, crunchy celery, and crisp bell peppers. The salad is further enhanced with the addition of toasted macadamia nuts and a hint of coconut, providing a delightful texture and a taste of the islands. A creamy, tangy dressing made with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, and a touch of honey ties all the ingredients together. This salad is perfect for a light lunch, a picnic, or a flavorful side dish at your next gathering.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Table of Contents

 INGREDIENTS:

2 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded or diced

1 cup fresh pineapple, diced

1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup celery, diced

1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup toasted macadamia nuts, chopped

1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Dressing

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp lime juice

Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Prepare the Ingredients:

Dice the cooked chicken breast, fresh pineapple, red bell pepper, and celery.

Finely chop the red onion and fresh cilantro.

Toast the macadamia nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden and fragrant.

2. Make the Dressing:

In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, honey, lime juice, salt, and pepper until smooth and well combined.

3. Assemble the Salad:

In a large bowl, combine the diced chicken, pineapple, red bell pepper, celery, red onion, macadamia nuts, shredded coconut (if using), and cilantro.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients evenly.

4. Serve:

Serve the salad immediately or chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Garnish with extra cilantro and macadamia nuts if desired.

This Hawaiian Chicken Salad is a delightful mix of sweet and savory flavors, perfect for any occasion where a touch of the tropics is desired. Enjoy!

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