When you have cooked chicken on hand and need a quick lunch, try this easy 5-Ingredient Clean Eating Chicken Salad that is also paleo, dairy-free, and Whole30. This recipe can be made in just about 10 minutes.

chicken salad served in a bowl on top of lettuce

This healthy Chicken Salad is full of flavor, with only five simple ingredients.  If you have cooked chicken on hand, you can literally make this salad in 10 minutes or less. You can also use leftover turkey for this recipe (see how I make Instant Pot Boneless Turkey).

If you want to make it for a party, then you’ll need to double or triple the recipe. But, the proportions will stay the same. The ingredients are literally just:

  • cooked, shredded chicken (learn how to make Instant Pot Shreddable Chicken),
  • red or green grapes,
  • fresh or dried dill,
  • prepared mayo (make sure it’s Whole30 compliant, I recommend this one),
  • lemon juice,
  • and salt and pepper to taste.

ingredients for clean eating chicken salad

Why You Need to Make This Recipe

I think you are going to love the tangy and bright flavors of this chicken salad. It’s perfect in the wintertime when you want something fresh and light, or you can serve it in warmer weather when it’s nice to eat cold foods. Don’t miss my Salmon Salad recipe either. 

At any time of year, there are so many ways to serve chicken salad, including:

  • on a bed of fresh lettuce leaves (butter and romaine work great),
  • on crackers or gluten-free toast,
  • on cucumber slices or sweet potato toast for grain-free options,
  • or just plain eaten with a fork or a spoon.

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t worry if you don’t have the exact ingredients that I used. You can always leave out the grapes or the dill, and or substitute a chopped apple and parsley. 
  • If you are really short on time, you can buy an already-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Just shred the chicken and use it in this clean eating chicken salad.

fresh dill for chicken salad

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Clean Eating Chicken Salad (5-Ingredients)

When you have cooked chicken on hand and need a quick lunch, try this easy 5-Ingredient Clean Eating Chicken Salad that is also paleo, dairy-free, and Whole30. This recipe can be made in just about 10 minutes.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken, from about 1 large cooked chicken breasts or 2 medium chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup red or green grapes, sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Combine the chicken, grapes, dill, lemon juice, and mayonnaise in a medium glass bowl.
  2. Use a spatula to gently mix the ingredients together, until the chicken is coated with the mayonnaise.
  3. Serve cold or at room temperature. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Notes

  1. You can easily double or triple this recipe for additional servings.
  2. Feel free to add 1/2 cup of chopped celery. If you like spicy flavors, you can also add 1/4 teaspoon of dijon mustard.
  3. You can also substitute sliced apple for the grapes, if you prefer.

Keywords: dairy-free chicken salad, whole30 chicken recipe, easy chicken salad

 

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