Lightened Up Chicken Salad

With spring around the corner, it’s refreshing to start eating more and more fresh fruits and vegetables. This lightened up chicken salad is the perfect compromise between winter comfort and spring eats. It utilizes a roasted ahead of time whole chicken, peppery arugula, sweet red grapes, a wholesome homemade dressing, and plenty of healthy fats from nutty pecans.

Roasting a whole chicken in your crockpot to use for meals throughout the week is cost and time effective. On your day off from work, cook your chicken, cut or shred, and use in our lightened recipe up chicken salad (included below).

Until February 17 at Whole Foods Market…

Fresh, Whole, or Cut-Up Chickens are on sale for $2.19/lb. (25% off)

Red Seedless Grapes $2.49/lb. are on sale for (reg. $3.99/lb)

How to Roast a Whole Chicken in Your Crockpot


1 whole chicken

1 tbsp. butter (grass-fed preferable)

2 tbl. favorite herbs and spices (salt, oregano, thyme, rosemary, etc.)


Rinse chicken and make sure innards are removed.

Put butter in bottom of crock pot and turn on low.

Once the butter melts, put chicken in crock pot (putting breast-down will make it cook faster)

Sprinkle with desired spices.

Put lid on and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until well cooked.

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes| Yield: 4 servings


1 whole, cooked chicken- cut into small pieces

8 cups of baby arugula

2 cups of red seedless grapes, halved

¾ cup pecan halves

4 stalks of celery chopped

Salad dressing: 1 cup greek yogurt, 2 tbl. minced shallot, ½ cup chopped dill, 3 tbl. apple cider vinegar, ½ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper


Toss together the arugula, halved grapes, pecan halves, and chopped celery. Divide onto four plates or into four servings.

Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a mason jar or Tupperware container. Toss each serving of salad with your desired amount of dressing and store any remaining dressing in the fridge for up to one week.


Allison is the Metro Healthy Eating Specialist for the Bethesda, Friendship Heights, and Tenleytown Whole Foods Market locations. She loves to help customers find their healthy eating balance. She offers a plethora of free services including, one on one consultations, store tours and events, food and recipe advice, and coaching on how to make healthy choices. Email her at to ask any questions, plan an event, or to set up a consultation.

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