Healthy Easy Tuna OR Chicken Salad Recipe with Ranch Dressing and Sour Cream

Pictured: Chicken salad.
Pictured: Chicken salad. | Source

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I have always loved both tuna and chicken salad. However, it took me a number of years to develop a recipe of my own that I really liked. This is largely because I never liked using mayonnaise as a base for either salad, and it took me a while to come up with a good alternative. Now I have a simple base recipe that I can use with both tuna and chicken. This may not be the healthiest recipe, but I don't think that Ranch and sour cream are much worse than mayo. If you'd like to cut down on the calories, consider using a light or low-fat version of Ranch and/or sour cream. Enjoy!

Chopping green peppers for chicken salad.
Chopping green peppers for chicken salad. | Source

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: Serves 2 people

Do you prefer cucumber over green pepper or are interested in switching up the recipe a little? Give it a try! Alternatively, if you're serving a group of people with varying tastes, keep the vegetables in the salad simple and serve one or two extra vegetables on the side.

Tip: One of the easiest ways to make shredded chicken is in a slow cooker. Grease a slow cooker pan and add one or two chicken breasts. Cook them on low heat for six to six and a half hours or until they shred easily with a fork.

Ingredients

  • two 5 oz cans tuna, drained OR
  • one chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • two generous tablespoons Ranch dressing
  • three generous tablespoons sour cream
  • two green onions, chopped
  • half of a sweet pepper (any color), chopped
  • three or four cherry tomatoes, chopped (optional)
  • small handful of dried cranberries (optional)
  • small handful of cashews (optional)
Shredded chicken with celery, pepper, and green onion, ready to be mixed with Ranch dressing and sour cream.
Shredded chicken with celery, pepper, and green onion, ready to be mixed with Ranch dressing and sour cream. | Source

How can you eat chicken or tuna salad?

Just a Few Ideas
all by itself
served on a bed of lettuce or fresh spinach leaves
in a cold sandwich
in a hot sandwich, such as a tuna melt
in a wrap
alongside plain pasta or macaroni and cheese
  • Tuna. My general rule is that I use one 5 oz. can of tuna for each person, which will leave a little left over. Tuna salad makes a great leftover. Are you serving more people? Simply add more cans accordingly and adjust the remaining ingredients as needed.
  • Chicken. If I have time, I like to make the chicken ahead of time on the stove or stick it in the slow cooker in the morning. Preparing the chicken ahead of time makes for a simple lunch or dinner prep. If you like to plan way ahead with your meals, you can prepare and freeze chicken to use at a later date.

How to Chop Vegetables

Instructions

  1. Wash and chop the pepper and green onions. If you're adding cucumber and/or tomato, wash and chop them at this time as well.
  2. Combine the vegetables with the tuna or chicken.
  3. Add the Ranch dressing and sour cream. Mix everything together thoroughly.
  4. If desired, add a handful of dried cranberries and/or cashews on top before serving. Are you serving the salad in a sandwich or wrap? You may prefer to mix them in at the last minute before preparing the final dish.
Tuna salad, ready to eat.
Tuna salad, ready to eat. | Source
One of my favorite foods to serve with tuna or chicken salad is macaroni and cheese. Sometimes I choose to serve additional veggies alongside tuna or chicken salad instead of mixing them all into the salad.
One of my favorite foods to serve with tuna or chicken salad is macaroni and cheese. Sometimes I choose to serve additional veggies alongside tuna or chicken salad instead of mixing them all into the salad. | Source

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Comments 28 comments

marellen 5 years ago

Sounds good but I have always used mayo....I just cut down on the amount I use when making tuna or egg salad sandwichs....Adding the ranch sounds like a good alternative though. thanks for sharing..


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! Mayo works just fine. I simply prefer the taste of Ranch and sour cream.


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yogiwan 5 years ago from Reno, NV

I like the ranch variation with sour cream. One thing I add to spice it up a bit is a good dose of Chalupa hot sauce - not too hot but adds a little kick.

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Nice idea!


Deb 5 years ago

nuts sounds like a good addition! yum/yum! {:-D


Re 5 years ago

Mouth watering ... thanks for sharing, and I like this "hub" idea too!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love tuna and I love this recipes. It sound delicious. I'll show this to my mom as usual. Rated up. Cheers...

Prasetio


Memories for Life Scrapbooks 5 years ago

I love that this is made from items I usually have on hand...yummy!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much everyone! I'm glad that this is useful!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This recipe sound soooooooo good. Can't wait to try it for the first time. I know what I am having for lunch tomorrow :) Rated up, useful and awesome. Thanks


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank you so much! Let me know what you think of it!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

...well, it is now tomorrow and I just finished your recipy for tuna salad - it was so darn good. Thank you, thank you. :)


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much for following up with me! That's awesome!


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emilybee 4 years ago

This is awesome. I too don't like mayo in chicken salad.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks Emily! I'm glad that I'm not the only one.


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

I think my husband would REALLY like this recipe. I'm not big on seafood, but the man loves this stuff - and anything with ranch or even mayo, he's all over it. Hehe. Lovely photos!


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Its sounds so yummy that I am going to try it tonight.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Oh yum!!! I love tuna salad---all kinds of tuna salad--so I will have to give this a try


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Cyndi, I hope that your husband enjoys it! I'm not big on seafood either, but I love tuna salad.

That's awesome, pinto2011! Enjoy. :)

That's great, Audrey! You'll have to let me know how it goes.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This looks very tasty. I love tuna salad, and this looks like a great combination of ingredients. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Kathryn! Enjoy!


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Tom Schumacher 3 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

Haha, it looks healthy but we know better! ; ) Regardless, I look forward to trying your yummy recipe for chicken salad. Voted up.


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boundarybathrooms 3 years ago from Colne, Lancashire, UK

Sounds yummy, thanks!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Tom, I don't claim to have put together the most healthy recipe by any means. It is still delicious none the less!

Thanks, boundarybathrooms!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love mayo, but I think using Ranch dressing and sour cream would make for a great flavor. Love this recipe! Many votes and pinning!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, Vicki! You'll have to let me know if you try it.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 17 months ago

How did I miss this one? Yummy and I love both. Now I'm hungry!


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brakel2 17 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Random - I love both tuna and chicken salad, and this recipe appeals to me. I have some organic mayo that is so delicious, better than the usual mayo. However the light Ranch and sour cream would also be a good combination. I like to use avocado with it also. Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe. Sharing. Blessings Audrey

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