When you have cooked chicken or turkey on hand and need a quick lunch, try this easy 5-Ingredient Chicken Salad that is paleo, dairy-free, and Whole30. This healthy and tasty recipe can be made in just about 10 minutes. Serve it in a variety of ways.

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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.

Why You Need to Make This Recipe

  • 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. Try my Costco Copycat Air Fryer Whole Chicken or Instant Pot Shreddable Chicken recipes.
  • You can also use leftover turkey for this recipe (see how I make Instant Pot Boneless Turkey).
  • If you want to make this salad for a party, then you’ll need to double or triple the recipe. But, the proportions will stay the same.

Key Ingredients

Cooked and shredded chicken or turkey makes the base of this healthy protein salad. You’ll need about a cup of chicken for two servings.

Mayonnaise adds creaminess with no dairy. Just look for a Whole30-certified brand to avoid any sugars or other unwanted ingredients.

Grapes add a touch of sweetness to the salad. You can use green or red grapes.

Fresh lemon juice adds brightness and a fresh flavor.

Dill is always a welcome addition to any salad. In this chicken salad, I think it’s just divine. You can use dried dill if you don’t have fresh dill on hand. If you don’t like dill, then check out my recipe for Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad.

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Recipe Steps

Step One

Prep your salad by slicing your grapes in half and juicing your lemon.

Step Two

Next, combine everything in a medium mixing bowl, including the shredded or cubed chicken or turkey, mayo, and dill.

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Step Three

Mix your ingredients well and serve immediately. Or, cover the bowl and chill the salad to serve later.

chicken salad all mixed up in bowl

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • You can easily double or triple this recipe for additional servings.
  • 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.
  • You can also substitute sliced apple for the grapes, if you prefer.
  • 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.

FAQs

How do you serve chicken salad?

There are so many ways to enjoy chicken salad. You can serve it on a bed of fresh lettuce leaves (butter and romaine work great), with 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.

chicken salad with dill and grapes

More Healthy Salad Recipes You Might Like

Or, check out my entire index of clean eating salads.

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5-Ingredient Healthy Chicken Salad


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When you have cooked chicken or turkey on hand and need a quick lunch, try this easy 5-Ingredient Chicken Salad that is paleo, dairy-free, and Whole30. This healthy and tasty recipe can be made in just about 10 minutes. Serve it plain, with greens, or in a wrap.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken, from about 1 large cooked chicken breasts or 2 medium chicken thighs
  • 1/4 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. 

Notes

  1. You can easily double or triple this recipe for additional servings.
  2. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  3. 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.
  4. You can also substitute sliced apple for the grapes, if you prefer.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Healthy

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

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