Lemon-Dill Chicken Salad

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.  Right?  Isn’t that how the saying goes?  But what do you do when life hands you lemons, you have a bunch of dill that needs to be used up, and rotisserie chickens are on sale?  Whip up a batch of this light and tasty chicken salad! 

With spring weather (or early summer, depending on where you live) finally making an appearance across most of the country, it’s prime time for picnics.  Just pack up this chicken salad, a bunch of grapes, some fresh strawberries, and some iced tea or light white wine and head on out.  Come on!  Savor spring while we can!

lemon chicken salad

Lemon-Dill Chicken Salad

an Apple a Day original


1 whole rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded

2 stalks celery, diced

1/4 c. red onion, minced

2 TBSP fresh dill, chopped

1/2 c. Greek yogurt

2 TBSP mayonnaise

zest and juice of one lemon

salt and pepper, to taste


Place all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl.  Mix gently to combine.  Taste and adjust seasoning, as necessary.  Makes approximately six sandwiches.  Keeps up to the three days.

two years ago: lighter Chinese chicken salad

three years ago: One of my most favorite recipes ever–summer orzo salad.

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  1. Pretend Chef
    April 20, 2011 / 12:48 pm

    Here in Houston the weather is close to the 90s and my guy will come home from work not wanting anything hot to eat. He prefers to eat sandwiches and salads and this would be perfect! I love the flavors you used in this recipe. Yummy!

  2. That Girl
    April 20, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    There are so many ways you can play with chicken salad. This is perfect!

  3. All Things Yummy
    April 20, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    Looks delicious and perfect for a picnic. I've never tried greek yogurt in my chicken salad before. Sounds good.

  4. Kevin
    April 21, 2011 / 3:45 am

    How do you think this would taste with smoked chicken?

  5. Mark
    April 21, 2011 / 4:25 am

    Great work. Looks like an amazing lunch wrap. If I could have one of these every day for lunch, I would be doing much better.

  6. living eventfully
    April 21, 2011 / 5:29 am

    umm….YUM! I've been looking for a new chix salad recipe to try.

  7. Healthy Mamma
    April 21, 2011 / 9:49 pm

    love chicken salad, I make mine w yogurt! P.S.Please stop by my blog, Simply Healthy Family to enter to win a set of curtains {made from 100% recycled material} in honor of Earth Day.Happy Day!

  8. Kelsey
    April 22, 2011 / 12:26 am

    Kevin, I think it would be really good. You may have to play with the amount of lemon zest and juice since the smoky flavor would be stronger. I might also add some parsley to brighten up the flavors. You should try it out. Let me know how it goes!

  9. Jessica
    April 22, 2011 / 6:36 am

    Oh yum! This sounds great Kelsey! My grandparents will be visiting for a week for Easter and I can't wait to try this out on them for lunch one day!

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