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Curry chicken salad - without mayo

Hi everyone. I was hoping someone could help me. I'm trying to find a fairly simple curry chicken salad recipe that doesn't use mayonnaise.

I had a friend who had one with plain yougurt instead, plus cashews, gold raisins, etc.

I did a search but didn't find what I was looking for. I have a craving for the stuff though and have never successfully made it.

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  1. I also make mine with plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise. I don't have a recipe, but I also use a combination of sweet and savory, crunchy and smooth. Mine typically includes grapes, scallions, cilantro, red pepper, cashews. It's also nice to mix the yogurt with mango chutney or mango jelly, then add some heat, if you like, with curry powder, garlic, etc.

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    1. re: susan1353

      Thanks. The mango chutney idea sounds great. I really just wanted a recipe to work from to make sure I didn't go overboard with the curry, but I guess I can taste as I go.

    2. I make curried Chix salad every weekend with my leftover chicken.

      I use a combination of sourcream and dijon, celery, curry, salt, pepper, and plumped golden raisins. I think it is best if you plump your raisins for 10-15 minutes in hot water before adding.

      I like the addition of cashews---going to try that this weekend.

      1. I am huge curry chicken salad fan. Here's a suggestion, still mayo but better for you, Nasoya, mayo made with soy. I also put dried cranberries and almonds in mine. The sourcream and dijon recipe sounds good too.

        1. This is a great curry chicken salad recipe with no dairy:


          I like it because it really does taste like curried chicken, not overwhelmed with mayo, sour cream etc.

          1. I'm not a big follower of Rachel Ray but her Curry Chicken Salad is quite good. She uses yogurt instead of mayo. The smoked almonds (better choice over plain old nuts) and mango chutney give it a nice flavor as well.

            Here's the Rachel Ray, "Curry in a hurry" recipe for Curried Chicken Salad made with yogurt / foodnetwork link;


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            1. re: amoncada

              I think this is the recipe my friend may have used. I'll probably start here and take a couple of the other suggestions people have made.

            2. Not sure if you could use yogurt for this instead of mayo, but I've made this recipe with chicken rather than turkey and it's very good.


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              1. re: valerie

                Love this recipe! I use hot mango chutney and hot curry powder for a spicier kick.

                1. re: valerie

                  I was going to post this recipe as well -- it makes the best curried salad I've ever had. I can think of no reason you couldn't just make it with plain yogurt instead of mayo.

                2. I thin the yogurt with coconut milk.

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                  1. re: coll

                    I was just going to suggest this! It's also good with toasted unsweetened coconut mixed in.

                  2. OK. One more question. What's the best way to eat this? I've tried it on a pita and I've eaten it by itself. I've seen it over salad greens. Is there any other good way to eat it?

                    1. alliebear, we enjoy curry chicken salad stuffed inside a hollowed out fresh red pepper, scooped into a papaya or avocado or over a toasted english muffin.

                      let us know what you decide.

                      1. I just finished up the last of the turkey with a Curried Turkey Waldorf Salad.Turkey,Delicious Apple,unpeeled,Walnuts, toasted,Golden Raisins,Curry Powder,S&P. I use equal parts Low Fat Mayo(Hellman's), Creme Fraiche (you could sub Sour Cream), and Phage Yogurt. This is my basic Dip Base. You can add any flavorings for a dip or creamy dressing. You can try it leaving the Mayo out.

                        1. A note about using yogurt in place of mayo: I have found that many standard grocery store yogurts lack enough thickness to produce good results when used as a substitute. Some of our Chicago-area ethnic grocers, however, stock a number of products labeled as "home style" or "Bulgarian style" yogurt. These are very thick, rich and flavorful, and in my opinion, yield superior results as a substitute (or a blend) for mayo and/or sour cream.