I am all about snacks.

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I like to eat snacks for meals.

I much prefer snacks over actual dishes, at least most days of the week. Snacks are easier and often crunchy and salty. Snacks mean I can eat a bunch of different things at the same time which keeps me from being the boredest (it’s now a word) person ever and snacks are so… so… satisfying.

Snacks can also include chocolate and wine soooo… yeah. That’s why I like them.

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I get that this chicken salad can seem a little boring.

It is one of those snacky meals that tastes better than you anticipate. It’s one of those snacky meals that can be eaten a bunch of different ways: on crackers, on toast, stuffed in an avocado, melted into a grilled cheese or shoved inside a warm croissant or pita. It gets a little tastier if it sits in the fridge for a few hours and even better if you add some hard boiled egg. Obviously. Eggs eggs eggs, it’s all I can think about. I almost shared another egg recipe with you today – accidentally on purpose of course – and then was like whoa. Reel in the egg talk. It’s enough.

So my mom made a lot of chicken salad when I was growing up. She still does – I’m pretty sure it is one of her favorite meals. She uses the canned chicken but that’s not why I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole – it was only because she looooves her celery in there.

I… do not like celery.

That is the understatement of the century. The abhorrence I feel for that crunchy little green stick may be stronger than anything I feel for broccoli or carrots. It’s just so… crunchy. In a bad way. And like sour or something.

I can’t do it.

I’d beg my mom to make some chicken salad without the chopped green stuff and she would look at me like I had four heads. Celery in chicken salad is like the chocolate to her peanut butter.

I enjoyed the actual chicken salad so much, however, that I would occasionally sit there and pick out every single little green chunk. It’s one thing that I still actually find myself doing with celery – one thing that I just can’t get over. I’ve forced myself to learn to like pepperoni on pizza and onions in, well… everything, because my growing age and utter laziness would hold me back from picking it all off. Well laziness and hunger. But not celery. No way jose.

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Two yeas ago I made a grilled greek chicken salad and used some greek yogurt instead of lots of mayo. I am all about the yogurt since it’s a bit tart. I just go nutso over tart flavors. Also, how in the heck was that two years ago? I definitely thought it was last year. Wrong. It was 2011. Sheesh. Stop it.

Anyhoo – this tastes like summer to me. It’s super refreshing but a bit heartier than regular old chicken salad. I am ready, summer. Bring it on.

Sweet Corn, Bacon and Scallion Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad I howsweeteats.com


Sweet Corn and Bacon Chicken Salad

Yield: serves 2-4

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2/3 cup plain greek yogurt (preferably full fat or 2%)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 cup cooked sweet corn kernels
4 bacon slices, fried and crumbled
4 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons chives
crackers/toast/pitas for serving


Add shredded chicken to a large bowl and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Add yogurt, mayo and mustard, tossing well to coat, then fold in the corn, bacon, chives green onions. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired.

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And these crackers? The TJ’s pita crisps. I want to live inside that box.

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87 Responses to “Sweet Corn, Bacon and Scallion Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad.”

  1. #
    Pam — May 10, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Funny — I feel the same way about green onions! Pick them out every time…


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    Eileen — May 10, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    This chicken salad does sound amazing! I love the idea of using Greek yogurt instead of the ubiquitous mayo. :And speaking of hating celery–ok, I don’t hate it when used as an aromatic, but I did have one horrifying experience buying a green juice and only then discovering that the main ingredient was not apple or spinach, but celery. OH. Don’t do that if you can help it. :)


  3. #
    j lynn — May 10, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    I don’t like celery either!!


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    Brandi St.Clair — May 10, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    Omgggg, this looks like it wants to be in my belly right now! Can’t wait to make this for my summer lunch(snack)! Might even sprinkle a little feta on top, because let’s face it, feta makes everything better! Thanks for this recipe :-D


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    marilyn — May 10, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

    What people??? Celery is Sooooo good for you. So you can just eat it on the side I guess. I love celery. You could put it in eggs and I would say that it just fine with me. Chicken salad or tuna salad without celery in it?…well, it just would be sort of Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. :) Just me.


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    Laura — May 11, 2013 @ 12:35 am

    I hate celery in chicken salad too! This looks way better!


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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — May 11, 2013 @ 2:05 am

    I also loathe celery. And grapes in chicken salad? Who thought that up? It’s just wrong. Bacon and corn, on the other hand, seem like perfection. I can’t wait to try this. I might need a shovel.


    • Terri — May 12th, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

      I loathe grapes or apples on my chicken salad as well. It’s just not right or normal!!!


      • Anne — May 12th, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

        You would hate my grandmother’s potato salad. Diced apple was her secret ingredient and now I won’t make mine without it. I do agree with you on grapes.

  8. #
    Les Moor — May 12, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    This dip looks delicious. Are those Pita Bite crackers? I just discovered those this past week and love them. They would be perfect for the dip. For the record, I love celery as an ingredient in various recipes. Sorry, kids, you’re missing out!


    • Les Moor — May 12th, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

      Oops, just realized that you told the details on the pita chips. I will look for those too.


  9. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 12, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    This is for me, I am for it. Making tomorrow.


  10. #
    anna — May 13, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    i made this over the weekend.. so good! I served it as sandwiches, so I just diced the chicken instead. The bacon and smoked paprika totally make the dish. Since it’s a bit more savory, I served it with challah. Sooo good!!


  11. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — May 13, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    Oh man, this chicken salad sounds awesome :) If I made this it would be gone in a flash!


  12. #
    Kimberly — May 13, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    My mother is the SAME way!! Celery in chicken salad, celery in tuna salad, celery in green salad!! ENOUGH! haha I finally had to tell her I’d bring the salad, or whatever so that I could make it without. I swear, she’s obsessed.

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Sounds (and looks) delicious!


  13. #
    Chrysa — May 13, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    Just made this for dinner…YUMMMMMM! Definitely a keeper. Thanks!


  14. #
    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up — May 19, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    I love the idea of using Greek yogurt in chicken salad instead of mayo and cream. Sounds light, perfect for summer!


  15. #
    Sara — May 22, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    Can I just say that this is the second recipe I’ve tried of yours recently (Greek chicken salad was the other, I’m on a kick), and this was INCREDIBLE! As was the Greek chicken salad. Like couldn’t wait until the dishes sat for a bit to even have a bowl, licking my fingers, incredibly good. You are a genius, and I just thought you should know :)


  16. #
    HaleyB — May 27, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    Made this last night…it is delicious! The smoked paprika totally makes this dish. First time I used this seasoning and I love it…we all loved it! Thanks so much!


  17. #
    Kristin — June 6, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    I never liked pepperoni on pizza either until I tried it once with green olives – now it’s the only way we order it!

    Celery is useless.


  18. #
    Shelley — June 18, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Celery is disgusting. This chicken salad? AMAZING. Made it this weekend and I am in love. Also, serves 2-4? How about serves ME for 2-4 days, cause I’m not sharing!


  19. #
    Stefanie — August 9, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Made this last night! Delicious! I love the scallions in it–much better than celery.


  20. #
    Debbie — October 9, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    Finally! A recipe for a good chicken salad without celery! (I strongly dislike celery as well….I don’t like the way it looks, the way it sounds when it’s chewed…and worst of all…the smell…..ewwww.

    I can not wait to try this – and check out more of your recipes!


  21. #
    Tammi R — October 31, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    I am so glad to see I am not the only one with an abnormal hatred for celery. I abhor it. I pick it out of everything I see. And I have to ask every single restaurant if they have celery in their chicken, tuna, egg salad… I don’t like the taste, the texture, the smell… Not one single thing about it. Ick!

    Can’t wait to try this chicken salad recipe!



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