The Best Chicken Salad Recipes

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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.

Don’t get me wrong. I have a good amount of green salad, steak salad, and even salmon salads, too. But chicken is the winner, by far and large! 

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:

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!

Easy Chicken Salad Recipes to Try

Embrace all sorts of delicious worldly flavors just by changing up your chicken salads! From Buffalo chicken, Mexican chicken, and Asian-inspired salads, just wait – you’re going to want to make these chicken salads for every meal, I guarantee it.

Classic Chicken Salad Recipes

Try these tasty variations of classic chicken salads made with diced or shredded chicken mixed up with creamy dressing!

the ultimate paleo avocado chicken salad recipe on bread

The Ultimate Paleo Avocado Chicken Salad

This is the ultimate mayo-free chicken salad recipe! Made with healthy avocado, crispy onions and celery, herbs, and spices. The perfect creamy low-carb chicken salad to enjoy over whole wheat toast, or tossed over greens!

Light and Easy 15 Minute Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe on an apple sliced served on a cutting board

Easy Cranberry Chicken Salad

A meal done in 15 minutes? Yes, please! This light and easy cranberry chicken salad recipe is high in protein and gluten free, and ready in minutes. Made with yogurt, dijon mustard, herbs, and fresh lemon then tossed with pecans and cranberries.

easy healthy chicken salad recipe on bread

Easy Chicken Salad Recipe

The BEST classic chicken salad recipe, made with fresh and tangy Greek yogurt, mustard, spices and fresh lemon juice, then tossed with grapes and pecans. Perfect for a quick lunch!

Chicken Salads with Greens

Prepare to serve perfectly seasoned chicken over a bed of lush greens and wholesome ingredients with these easy recipes.

a bowl filled with a grilled honey mustard chicken salad with avocado and veggies

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Salad with Avocado

For a healthy and flavorful chicken salad to toss together any day of the week, this easy recipe with avocado and chopped honey mustard-marinated chicken breast has your name on it! Topped with what's left of the sweet and zesty honey mustard vinaigrette.

Image of Blackberry Kiwi Balsamic Chicken Salad in a Bowl

Blackberry Kiwi Balsamic Chicken Salad Recipe

How cool is this combination of flavors? This blackberry and kiwi balsamic chicken salad is light and easy, and naturally gluten free. This baby is filled with fresh fruit, feta cheese, and tender chicken, then covered in homemade balsamic dressing!

30 Minute Chicken Fajita Salad with fresh veggies, chipotle chicken, creamy avocado then topped with a zesty Chimichurri Dressing. This Chicken Fajita Salad is one flavorful dinner recipe that's sure to please any crowd.

Chicken Fajita Salad with Chimmichurri Dressing

Watch out, Taco Tuesday! This 30-minute chicken fajita salad is sure to be a new favorite. Filled with chipotle chicken, sautéd peppers and onions, creamy avocado and drizzled with a zesty chimichurri dressing.

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad an easy 30 minute recipe smothered in buffalo sauce and filled with grilled vegetables for one delicious bite! Summer salads never tasted so good! | gluten free recipes

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad

Any Buffalo wings lovers out there? You can have your wings guilt-free with this Buffalo chicken salad recipe. This fresh and easy salad is smothered in spicy Buffalo sauce and filled with grilled vegetables for one delicious bite!

Skip the take-out make this healthy Asian Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing in less than 30 minutes! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com

Asian Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

Take-out just got a health-conscious overhaul! An easy Asian chicken salad packed with vegetables, sweet oranges, grilled chicken and drizzled with a killer sesame ginger dressing!

Up your Salad game this summer with this MEXICAN CHOPPED SALAD filled with kale, grilled vegetables, avocado grilled chipotle chicken then drizzled with a POBLANO DRESSING. This quick easy salad is light, flavorful, gluten and dairy free!

Mexican Chopped Salad with Poblano Dressing

Up your Salad game and your dinner table with this Mexican chopped salad filled with kale, grilled vegetables, avocado and grilled chipotle chicken, drizzled with a zingy poblano dressing. It’s perfection, trust me!

two Mason Jar Southwest Chicken Salads with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Mason Jar Southwest Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

If you haven’t made a mason jar salad yet, now’s your chance! This Southwest chicken salad recipe has a zesty cilantro lime dressing and is filled with veggies and protein from top to bottom – plus it only takes 30 minutes!

Mason Jar Salad recipes are a delicious, easy, and perfect lunch for the week! This ASIAN CHICKEN MASON JAR SALAD is loaded with veggies, napa cabbage, rotisserie chicken and topped with a Sesame Dressing - done in 30 minutes! | joyfulhealthyeats.com | gluten free recipes

Asian Chicken Mason Jar Salad

This Asian-inspired mason jar salad will be the envy of the lunch room! Loaded with veggies, Napa cabbage, hearty rotisserie chicken, cashews and topped with a savory sesame dressing – done in 30 minutes!

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with a Light Caesar Dressing that is egg and anchovy free! This Salad takes 15 minutes to make, is 289 calories a serving, and you can't beat that dynamite grill flavor infused throughout this dish! | joyfulhealthyeats.com Easy Dinner Ideas

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

If you haven’t grilled lettuce yet, you’re in for a treat! This grilled chicken Caesar salad recipe is the definition of epic – and the light Caesar dressing is egg- and anchovy-free!

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Best Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken

A light healthy salad made with minimal ingredients! This strawberry avocado chicken salad is filled with fresh berries, feta cheese, creamy avocado, and tender grilled chicken.

Harissa Lime Grilled Chicken Salad with a Creamy Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette, filled with grilled pineapple, limes, fresh avocado and an amazing dressing! Add to your list! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree #recipes

Harissa Lime Grilled Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

A Moroccan-inspired salad recipe that’s bursting with flavor! Made with grilled pineapple, roasted pepper, avocado and perfectly marinated harissa chicken breast. Topped off with a zesty cilantro lime vinaigrette!

Easy Grilled Avocado Mango Chicken Salad a refreshing healthy salad perfect for the summer! A light 30 minute meal loaded with nutrients and flavor!

Avocado Mango Chicken Salad

You can’t get fresher or easier than this fruit-forward grilled avocado and mango chicken salad, a refreshing, healthy 30-minute recipe perfect for the summer!

Change up your salad game with this Tropical Coconut Chicken Salad filled with fresh exotic fruits and homemade almond-coconut crusted chicken tenders. It's a swoon worthy salad that'll take you to the beach and you'll want to repeat all week! | joyfulhealthyeats.com Easy Dinner Recipes

Tropical Coconut Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

Have your bikinis at the ready for this tropical coconut chicken salad loaded with fresh exotic fruits and crispy, homemade almond coconut-crusted chicken tenders.

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15 Minute Avocado Caprese Chicken Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Dinner for two coming right up, although you may not want to share! This avocado caprese chicken salad is topped with a light balsamic vinaigrette, and only takes 15 minutes to make!

Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodle Salad with a Sesame Vinaigrette done in 15 minutes and only 324 calories. This salad is served cold with raw zucchini noodles, it is refreshing, light, filled with bold flavors and perfect for the summer! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodle Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

One of my favorites, you’re gonna love the zucchini noodles as the base instead of lettuce! Thai chicken zucchini noodle salad topped with a low cal sesame vinaigrette – done in 15 minutes!

Fresh ingredients make this FARRO ARUGULA STRAWBERRY CHICKEN SALAD shine. A super simple salad to throw together for lunch or dinner that's friendly on the waistline! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Farro Arugula Strawberry Chicken Salad Recipe

Ever put grains in your salad? Well you’ll start after you try this farro arugula strawberry chicken salad – a healthy salad filled with juicy strawberries, farro grains, goat cheese, chicken and covered in balsamic dressing!

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!

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  1. Hannah Flack

    I like the way you put your food in those vegetables. They look cool, thanks for sharing. your morocan chicken is excellent, thanks for sharing

  2. Deseree

    Chicken salad is a summer lunchtime favorite of mine. You have made it where I will never get bored with just one. Can’t wait to try them all.

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