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Chicken salad Pilgrim hats are an adorable, healthy snack

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. She's also a mother who believes that kids can love healthy food, and that no child should have to experience food insecurity. ...

A healthy Thanksgiving snack is easily made with these chicken salad Pilgrim hats

These chicken salad Pilgrim hats offer a cute and healthy alternative to the candy versions that are so popular at Thanksgiving.

The chicken salad is made with fat-free Greek yogurt, fresh vegetables and pecans. You can serve it on Ritz crackers or use a round whole-grain cracker to make it even healthier.

A healthy Thanksgiving snack is easily made with these chicken salad Pilgrim hats

Start by chopping your celery, half the carrot and pecans. You want them to be extremely fine so they mix well into the salad.

A healthy Thanksgiving snack is easily made with these chicken salad Pilgrim hats

In a medium bowl, mix the chopped ingredients with the chicken, yogurt, lemon juice, curry powder, salt and pepper.

A healthy Thanksgiving snack is easily made with these chicken salad Pilgrim hats

Lay out your crackers, and form tablespoon-sized balls of chicken salad in the crowns of the hats. As you place each ball on a cracker, press slightly to form more of a cylindrical shape than a ball.

A healthy Thanksgiving snack is easily made with these chicken salad Pilgrim hats

Slice your olives in half lengthwise, and then continue slicing them lengthwise to form long, thin strips.

A healthy Thanksgiving snack is easily made with these chicken salad Pilgrim hats

Place 4 strips of olive around the base of the chicken salad on each cracker.

A healthy Thanksgiving snack is easily made with these chicken salad Pilgrim hats

There should be a little opening at the front of each cracker where the olive strips don't quite meet.

A healthy Thanksgiving snack is easily made with these chicken salad Pilgrim hats

Cut the other half of your carrot into chunks about 1/4 inch wide, and place 1 piece at the front of each hat for the buckle.

A healthy Thanksgiving snack is easily made with these chicken salad Pilgrim hats

These Pilgrim hats make a simple, cute appetizer for your Thanksgiving meal, but they're also a great option for a healthy kids' snack during Thanksgiving week. My toddler loves them and thinks it's hilarious that he gets to eat a hat.

A healthy Thanksgiving snack is easily made with these chicken salad Pilgrim hats

Chicken salad Pilgrim hats recipe

Feel free to swap out the vegetables or nuts with whatever you happen to have on hand at home. Just make sure to chop everything finely so they combine well.

Yields 20

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 carrot, divided
  • 6 pecans
  • 1 (12.5 ounce) can chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Dash black pepper
  • 20 Ritz crackers
  • 5-6 large whole olives

Directions:

  1. Finely chop the celery, 1/2 the carrot and the pecans.
  2. In a medium bowl, use a fork to mix the chopped ingredients with the chicken, yogurt, lemon juice, curry powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Lay out your crackers, and place tablespoon-sized balls of chicken salad onto each cracker. As you place each ball on a cracker, press it slightly to form more of a cylindrical shape than a ball.
  4. Thinly slice the olives lengthwise to form long, skinny strips.
  5. Place 4 strips of olive around the base of the chicken salad on each cracker. There should be a little opening at the front of each cracker where the olive strips don't quite meet.
  6. Cut the other half of your carrot into chunks about 1/4 inch wide, and place 1 piece at the front of each hat for the buckle.
  7. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

More healthy Thanksgiving snacks

Mini cheese ball turkeys
Whole-wheat pumpkin muffin turkeys
Edible cornucopia name cards

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