4.94 from 15 votes

The Ultimate Healthy Chicken Salad

 April 25, 2023

Are you in need of a quick and healthy lunch option that doesn’t skimp on flavor? Well, then look no further than The Ultimate Healthy Chicken Salad! This delicious chicken salad recipe is packed with protein and nutrition, making it perfect for those on-the-go. It’s packed with protein to keep you feeling fuller, longer, and is perfect for those weekly meal-preps.

A plate, sitting on a countertop, with two pieces of crispy toast on top of it, and a heaping scoop of the Ultimate Healthy Chicken Salad, on top of each one. A single lemon wedge sits on the plate, and you can see the rim of a water glass, sitting alongside the plate, on the countertop

As someone who often doesn’t have time to make a complicated lunch, I am always on the lookout for easy and healthy lunch options. Whether that’s a delicious tuna salad or a quick & easy salmon, I love a lunch recipe that keeps me full and satisfied without sacrificing taste. That’s where this recipe comes in.

This truly is the ULTIMATE chicken salad, because it’s healthy, protein-packed, and loaded with flavor. I’ve always loved chicken salad, but the traditional recipe can be heavy on the mayo and lacking in nutritional value. That’s why I was thrilled to create a version that swaps out mayo for Greek yogurt, which adds a creamy texture while also providing a protein boost.

In addition, this recipe is truly SO easy to throw together. Simply cook and shred your chicken, chop up some veggies, mix in the Greek yogurt and seasonings, and you’re good to go! It’s the perfect option for meal prep, as it can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for several days. If you are someone who loves to meal prep, then this is truly the perfect recipe for you.

Three Ways to Enjoy Chicken Salad

If you find yourself wondering, “Nicole, how should I eat this chicken salad?” then let me be the first to tell you that there are so many different ways! No matter which way you choose to enjoy this chicken salad, it will be absolutely delicious, every time and every way. Guaranteed!

  • Put it in a sandwich: A chicken salad sandwich is a classic dish that you truly can never go wrong with. Simply toast up some sourdough bread, add in a few lettuce leaves, and top this chicken salad on top. It’s delicious!
  • Eat it on lettuce wraps: Want a lower-carb way to enjoy this chicken salad? Wrap it up in some romaine lettuce leaves for a crunchy, refreshing, and delicious way to eat this recipe!
  • Scoop it with crackers: My favorite way to eat this chicken salad is alongside crackers. It’s the classic way to enjoy this recipe!
  • Eat it with a spoon: This chicken salad is perfectly delicious, right out of the bowl. No other accompaniments required! Eat it with a spoon, right out of the bowl, for the perfect high protein snack.
A red bowl, sitting on a countertop, with the mixed up Ultimate Healthy Chicken Salad sitting inside of it. A gold fork can also be seen sitting inside of the bowl, sticking out of a bite of the chicken salad
Mix to combine all of your chicken salad ingredients together. Be sure to taste and adjust salt levels, as needed.

What You Need to Make This Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe

  • Chicken: Of course, you will need chicken in order to make this chicken salad! You will need pre-cooked, shredded chicken for this recipe. I like using a rotisserie chicken for this recipe, but if you want to prepare your own chicken, follow my tips for making this perfectly juicy chicken!
  • Celery: Not only does celery add the perfect crunch to this chicken salad, but it also adds fiber to keep your gut feeling happy!
  • Red Onion: I love lots of diced onion in my chicken salad, because it adds so much flavor and crunch!
  • Grapes: Grapes are loaded with potassium and Vitamin A, making them not only delicious, but healthy as well! I love adding grapes into my chicken salad to give it just the right amount of sweetness.
  • Parsley: I highly recommend using fresh parsley, if possible. Not only does it give the best flavor, but it also adds the most beautiful pop of color!
  • Sliced Almonds: Sliced almonds add the perfect amount of healthy fats and plant-based protein to keep your tummy feeling full and satisfied.
  • Greek Yogurt: Traditional chicken salad gets its creaminess from mayonnaise. But as someone who isn’t the biggest fan of mayo, and prefers her food to be packed with protein, I love using greek yogurt in this recipe! It makes this salad perfectly creamy and adds a heaping dose of protein, making it the perfect addition for a healthier chicken salad recipe!
  • Dijon Mustard: The dijon mustard adds the perfect tangy flavor that helps the “dressing” for this chicken salad perfectly come together.
  • Lemon: A splash of lemon juice keeps this chicken salad feeling bright and refreshing, even after a few days in the fridge!
  • Sea Salt: A pinch of sea salt truly helps this chicken salad come together.
  • Crackers: My favorite way to serve this chicken salad is alongside crackers! My favorite crackers are by Moonshot – they are absolutely delicious!

5 Steps to Making This 10-Minute Chicken Salad

This chicken salad recipe takes less than 10 minutes to throw together, making it the perfect easy lunchtime recipe! To make it, simply start by washing and preparing your grapes. Rinse them with water, then add them to a bowl of water with baking soda and sea salt and let them soak for 5 minutes to remove the film.

Next, chop and shred your cooked chicken, then set it to the side. Chop and prepare all of your veggies- the celery, red onion, grapes, and parsley- then add them to the bowl with the chicken alongside the greek yogurt, dijon mustard, sliced almonds, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper. Mix well and taste. Adjust the sea salt and pepper as needed!

Once done, serve with crackers, in lettuce wraps, or on toast and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to four days.

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** Photography by Gayle McLeod
A red bowl, sitting on a countertop, with the mixed up Ultimate Healthy Chicken Salad sitting inside of it. A gold fork can also be seen sitting inside of the bowl, sticking out of a bite of the chicken salad
gluten-free/Grain Free/Paleo/Refined Sugar Free

The Ultimate Healthy Chicken Salad

4.94 from 15 votes
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
SERVES 4 Servings
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Are you in need of a quick and healthy lunch option that doesn't skimp on flavor? Well, then look no further than The Ultimate Healthy Chicken Salad! This delicious chicken salad recipe is packed with protein and nutrition, making it perfect for those on-the-go. It's packed with protein to keep you feeling fuller, longer, and is perfect for those weekly meal-preps.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cups Chicken cooked and shredded
  • 3 Stalks Celery chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Grapes cleaned and chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 3/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Crackers

Instructions

  • Start by washing and preparing your grapes. Rinse them with water, then add them to a bowl of water with baking soda and sea salt and let them soak for 5 minutes to remove the film.
  • Next, chop and shred your cooked chicken, then set it to the side.
  • Then, chop and prepare all of your veggies- the celery, red onion, grapes, and parsley- then add them to the bowl with the chicken alongside the greek yogurt, dijon mustard, sliced almonds, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper.
  • Mix well and taste. Adjust the sea salt and pepper as needed!
  • Once done, serve with crackers and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to four days.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is by far the best chicken salad recipe I’ve ever had! You will not miss the mayo!
    I put this on a HERO Bread Croissant for an absolutely delicious, nutritious high protein lunch!
    Thank you for this delicious recipe!

    • Kim, I am so thrilled to hear that! Thank you so much for making this recipe and for leaving such a kind review!

  2. 5 stars
    I was shocked at how delicious this was! Best chicken salad I’ve ever had. I made it for dinner and my whole family loved it.

  3. 5 stars
    Wow! This really is delicious! I’ve been looking for a healthy – but tasty – chicken recipe and I’m so glad I found this! The only thing I did different was add a little garlic powder because I’m a garlic-a-holic, but I followed the rest of the recipe exactly as written. LOVED IT! Thank you!

    • Woohoo! I am so thrilled you loved this recipe, Anne! Thank you so much for your kind review!

  4. 5 stars
    Incredible. Didn’t have parsley but subbed some flakes and it did the trick. I ate with crackers and can’t wait to have it in a wrap tomorrow!

    • I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Angela! Thank you so much for making it, and for leaving such a kind review!

  5. 5 stars
    I just made this chicken salad and it was perfect. I love how the parsley makes the whole salad taste super fresh. I am not a fan of Greek yogurt but I followed this recipe exactly and it was perfect, I didn’t miss the mayo at all. This will be on rotation all summer in this house!

    • Yay! I am thrilled to hear that, Ashley! Thank you so much for making this recipe, and for leaving such a kind review!

  6. I have never eaten chicken salad in my life, because I don’t like mayo, but for some reason this recipe looked so good to me when I saw it on your page. I’m so glad I tried it! I love it with the Greek yogurt, and the combination of the celery, grapes, and almonds is so perfect. It also worked great as a meal prep option to pack for lunches. This is will definitely be a repeat. Thanks for all the great recipes!

    • Colleen, this makes me SO happy to hear! I am thrilled that you loved this chicken salad recipe so much. Thank you so much for all of your support, and for leaving such a kind review!