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Ginger and Cucumbers Add Healthy Flavor to a Classic Chicken Salad

By DNAinfo Staff on August 13, 2012 10:27am

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Nutritious Life

By Keri Glassman, MS, RD

Not only does ginger give this recipe an earthy flavor, this super spice has our backs in times of trouble.

Ginger has proven time and again that it can alleviate nausea, decrease pain associated with migraines, and help settle an upset stomach. Ginger is so powerful you can feel its effects just by adding a dash to any dish. What's more, research has shown ginger to be an anti-tumor agent in both colorectal and ovarian cancer.

This recipe would not be complete without one very important vegetable: cucumbers. You’ve probably seen ‘em thrown on top of your salad and never gave them a second thought, but they happen to be jam-packed with healthy nutrients.

Cucumbers contain vitamin K, which helps reduce inflammation, vitamin C, which picks up and destroys disease causing free-radicals, manganese, which helps build strong bones, and potassium, which helps maintain our heart’s rhythmic beat. Don’t just plop them on top of your salad, put cucumbers at the forefront of your meal and make them a permanent part of your Nutritious Life.


Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2

  • 3 tablespoons fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon honey
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon grated gingerroot
  • 3 ounces shredded rotisserie chicken breast, skin removed (about 3⁄4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Granny Smith apple
  • 2 tablespoons quartered red grapes
  • 2 Kirby cucumbers, halved lengthwise


Keri Glassman
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1. Combine the yogurt, vinegar, honey, and gingerroot in a medium bowl.

2. Add the chicken, walnuts, and apple. Mix well. Gently stir in the grapes until just combined.

3. Seed and scoop out some of the flesh from the cucumber halves using a rounded teaspoon or melon baller. Divide the chicken salad among the cucumber boats.

Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, is the founder and president of Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City, and Nutritious Life Meals, a gourmet, healthy, daily diet delivery program available across the U.S. She is a member of Women's Health Magazine's advisory board and has two columns, Flat Belly Day and Lighten Up,  in every issue. She has authored three books: Slim Calm Sexy Diet, The O2 Diet, and The Snack Factor Diet and her expertise is regularly featured on national television shows such as the Today show, Good Morning America, and Access Hollywood Live, among many others. She hosts the series "A Little Bit Better" on Youtube's Livestrong Woman channel and is a prolific writer and commentator with contributions to numerous publications and websites nationwide. Read more of Keri's tips every day: Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter!