In a world where fast food chains and processed meals dominate, it can be difficult to find a satisfying and healthy option, especially for a salad.
Salads can often leave you still feeling hungry, but if you add the right protein, it’s a game changer.
With so many variations and options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect recipe to try. That is why I have compiled a list of my top 10 best chicken salad recipes, that will hopefully inspire you to create your own at home. Easy, healthy and delicious!
Top 10 Best Chicken Salad Recipes
- Classic Chicken Salad – 5 Ingredient Salad Recipes
This salad is made with shredded chicken, mayonnaise, and a mix of celery, onions, and spices. It is simple yet delicious, and can be served with some lettuce, other greens or on its own. This quick version is a great starting point for those that need a quick and filling chicken salad recipe.
- Cranberry Chicken Salad – Sweet Chicken Salad Recipes
This salad recipe adds a fun touch of sweetness, with the addition of cranberries. The tartness of the cranberries complements the savoury chicken. Pair with mayonnaise or a balsamic olive oil mixture, and you’re good to go!
- Greek Chicken Salad – Classic Chicken Salad Recipes
Can’t write a post on chicken recipes without this classic. All Greek food and feta lovers, this ones for you. Combine feta cheese, olives, cucumbers, chicken and salad of your choice. Serve with olive oil, salt and pepper and enjoy in the summer, with a refreshing drink. If you really want to go all out and make the traditional greek salad sauce, mix olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic, dried oregano, salt and pepper. This is a great salad if you enjoy bold flavours.
- Curry Chicken Salad – Best Chicken Curry Salad Recipes
This curry chicken salad is a great hearty and aromatic dish. If you want to make it super simple, all you need is shredded chicken, salad of your choice, curry powder, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Enjoy as a side salad on a rainy day.
- Cold Pesto Chicken Salad – Comfort Food Reimagined
I don’t know about you but pesto is one of my comfort foods… thinking of pesto pasta. A way to make this delicious recipe healthier is replacing pasta with vegetables and chicken. This cold pesto chicken salad brings a touch of freshness and yumminess. Combine chicken, green pesto, canned corn, tomatoes, salt and pepper for the simpler version. If you want to add more, try avocados, onions, or a cheese of your choice.
- Walnut Chicken Salad – For Walnut Lovers
Add a bit of crunch to your daily salad with walnuts or other nuts of your choice. Chop them up and sprinkle on top of a chicken salad of your choice. A delicious and unique flavour combination.
- Apple Chicken Salad – Crisp and Sweet
Pairing apple and chicken gives your salad a touch of sweetness, while also adding more healthy ingredients to your recipe. Dice your apples in to add that crunchy and crisp taste to your classic chicken salad.
- Blue Cheese Chicken Salad – Blue Cheese Recipes
Blue cheese is definitely an acquired taste, but if you’re a fan, try adding it to your chicken salad. Adding a touch of tanginess, the sharp flavour of blue cheese compliments your chicken perfectly. Try adding some of the following ingredients too – for an extra funky salad: bacon, walnuts or bread crumbs. They pair really well together with the blue cheese chicken salad.
- Avocado Chicken Salad – Classic Healthy Salad Recipe
Avocado is known to be one of the superfoods, but sometimes it’s hard to think of a fun recipe to include it in a cold meal. The creaminess of the avocado will add a richness to your chicken salad, and keep you fuller for longer.
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- Lemon Chicken Salad – A Great Complimentary Mix
Lemon is such a great and versatile ingredient that adds freshness and tanginess to any dish. You can either make a lemon based dressing for your chicken salad or sprinkle some lemon juice on the chicken and salad when serving up.
Top 10 Best Chicken Salad Recipes Roundup
Chicken salad is a super versatile, quick and easy to make recipe. It can be enjoyed with a large variety of ingredients and pairings, while also being healthy, nutritious and filling. What are your favourite best chicken salad recipes?
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What goes good with chicken salad?
If you’d like to have a side dish with your salad – or make the chicken salad your side dish, there are plenty of dishes that pair well, depending on the type of chicken salad you made. Some ideas include: soup, sweet potato fries or bread and dip.
2. Should chicken be hot or cold on a salad?
Traditionally chicken salad is served cold, meaning you would cook your chicken and let it cool down before making a salad with it. However, there are salads that I have mentioned in this blog post that can be eaten warm if the vegetables pair well; such as the curry chicken salad or pesto chicken salad.
3. How long does chicken salad last for?
Chicken salad can last some days if stored properly. Ensure you store the chicken salad in the fridge and eat within 3-4 days.