The Best Chicken Salad Recipes that are quick to make and good for you, too! Life’s too short for boring salads – check out this delicious collection of healthy chicken salads that will make you want to eat salad for every meal!
Easy, Feel Good Chicken Salad Recipes
Tis the season! Salad season, that is. As the days of comfort food come to a close and the warmer weather makes its grand entrance, it’s time for fresh recipes!
As I was putting this fun and delicious roundup together, naturally I found myself reminiscing about all the many salads on my site. One thing stuck out: I have an overwhelming amount of chicken salad recipes up in here.
So without further adieu, here they are. All of my favorite light and easy chicken salad recipes in one spot for your pinning, printing and making pleasure. Even if you go through each and every one of these recipes (which I highly recommend), I guarantee you still won’t be bored of salads. In fact, you’ll be begging for more!
Is Chicken Salad Healthy?
Like most “healthy” recipes, salads and otherwise, the heath factor is all in the preparation! Yes, many salads are generally healthy. But the real nutritional benefits always lie in the ingredients.
Chicken is packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy choice for most meat-friendly diets. Chicken salad can be just as good for you, as long as you stick to healthy, nourishing ingredients (and don’t go overboard on things like mayo!).
What Goes With Chicken Salad?
Whether it’s a classic chicken salad or chicken tossed over greens, a chicken salad is a delicious and easy addition to tons of summer meals! Here are some ideas and sides to serve it with:
- Green Salad
- Roasted Potatoes
- Grilled Sweet Potatoes
- Grilled Vegetables
- Potato Salad
- Corn on the Cob
I can’t wait for you to try some or all of the recipes from the round-up below! And be sure to check out the end of this post for tips on how to store or freeze your leftovers. Bon appétit, friends!
Classic Chicken Salad Recipes
Try these tasty variations of classic chicken salads made with diced or shredded chicken mixed up with creamy dressing!
Chicken Salads with Greens
Prepare to serve perfectly seasoned chicken over a bed of lush greens and wholesome ingredients with these easy recipes.
How to Store Leftovers
When it comes to storing salads, not all recipes are created equal! Some salads, like classic chicken salads made with shredded chicken, will keep well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days when stored airtight.
Meanwhile, salads made with greens, or salads that already have dressing are best to enjoy the day they’re made. The best way to store leftover salad in a pinch is to leave the dressing off, or prep and store the chicken and individual ingredients separately. This way the leaves won’t go wilted and soggy in the fridge!
Can I Freeze Extras?
As a general rule, most salads are not fit for freezing. Classic chicken salad recipes, however, can be frozen in airtight freezer bags or containers for up to 3 months. Thaw the chicken salad in the fridge and drain any excess liquid before serving (you may also want to stir in some extra mayo or Greek yogurt to revive the texture a bit!).
You can also always prepare and then freeze the cooked chicken separately, for easy thawing and slicing into salads!