Easy Recipe: Hummus Chicken Salad recipe

Easy Recipe: Hummus Chicken Salad

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The deli in my local supermarket sells a delicious chicken salad, laden with so much mayo that I can almost feel my arteries clogging as I chew. But what I really love about it is the combo of dill and olives, which gives a herbal brightness matched with the umami of black olives. So I decided to make my own chicken salad recipe, substituting hummus for mayo for a healthier, and dare I say yummier, version!



  • 1/2 cup hummus*
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped celery
  • 2 cups diced chicken
  • 2 tsp chopped dill
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • 3 tsp plain Greek yogurt

*I used Sabra Olive Tapenade Hummus, which is delicious (my favorite variety!) and saved having to buy and add olives.



1. Dice the chicken. As much as I love roasting a chicken, if you’re just planning to chop it up for a recipe, a store-bought rotisserie chicken will save you a ton of time. Remove the skin (feed to dogs, husband or yourself, no one is looking), quarter the chicken, then chop it into about 1/2 inch pieces. I like a mix of light and dark meat, but that’s up to you.



2. Chop the celery into as large of pieces as you’d like. I go very fine with my celery because I like the crunch, but not necessarily the taste.


3. Chop the dill. If you chop too much, throw some in your scrambled eggs the next day; it’s delicious!

Easy-recipe-hummus-chicken-salad-7Sabra Olive Tapenade Hummus, doesn’t that look delish?

4. Measure 1/2 cup of hummus and 3 tbsp of yogurt.



5. Mix all ingredients, adding the water 1 tbsp at a time until you reach the desired consistency.


Serve on lettuce, in a pita, or just eat it by the spoon standing at the counter, we won’t judge you!

we heartsters, are you a chicken salad fiend like me?

5 thoughts on “Easy Recipe: Hummus Chicken Salad”

  1. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years – bur gosh that looks like a yummy sandwich! Also another shout out to the Sabra Olive Tapenade Hummus – it’s my favorite too. I pick up a tub almost every week and never grow tired of it. If you are a black olive or tapenade fan, I highly suggest it!

  2. This is brilliant! What a smart substitution. I love mayo, but I might as well slather it on my thighs. I’ll have to give this a try – and soon!

  3. Yum @stef! I’m so hungry after seeing this post! I love good chicken salad too! Pita is such a great option or another favorite, on butter-lettuce cups, when watching my carbs!
    I hear what your saying about deli’s over doing it on the mayo.. If you want to try making your own Mayo it’s super easy and blows Hellman’s out of the water, plus it’s healthy too.. homemade mayo has live enzymes, good fats, and proteins.

  4. Yum! I’ve been using a version of the hummus hand pie recipe here on WHT as my chicken salad go-to (I make the filling and serve hot or cold in a whole wheat tortilla), but I’d love to give this one a go!

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