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    The 25 BEST Chicken Salad Recipes

    These Chicken Salad Recipes are just what you need for all of your lunches, light dinners and meal prep!

    From variations on classic, creamy chicken salads that we all love on sandwiches and wraps, to hearty pasta salads, to healthy, veggie packed platters, you’ll find it all here in this amazing chicken salad ideas list.

    We especially love chicken salad meals because they can be made ahead of time. Make a big batch and you are ready to go with lunches for days!

    Go through all of these great chicken salad recipes, and make your life easy, healthy and tasty!

    The best chicken salad recipes.

    The Best Chicken Salad Recipes:

    1. Hawaiian Chicken Salad

    Hawaiian Chicken Salad – Take a look at this colorful platter. It’s full of tropical flavors, a variety of textures, and it happens to be healthy.

    This is a great summertime dish, when you want something light, yet satisfying. Give this refreshing tropical chicken salad a try in your house tonight!

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    2. Vietnamese Chicken Salad

    This Vietnamese Chicken Salad is your bowl of vibrant freshness from crunchy veggies and loads of herbs.

    In every bite there is a perfect combination of sweet, savory and tangy with the slightest hint of spice, thanks to their beloved Nuoc Cham dressing. This is one of our favorite chicken salad recipes.

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    3. Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce)

    Gado Gado is a famous salad out of Indonesia. It’s loaded with veggies, carbs and protein for a complete meal, and topped with the most amazing peanut dressing.

    This impressive platter is also very versatile and customizable to whatever veggies you have on hand.

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    4. Chicken Caesar Salad

    Today we are going to tell you how to transform the humble salad into a full-fledged meal: the Chicken Caesar Salad. This dish has the lightness of a salad with the heartiness of a main course. 

    Crisp romaine lettuce along with savory parmesan cheese, and crunchy croutons lay the foundation. Adding perfectly seasoned and cooked chicken breast elevates this classic salad into a satisfying meal that’s both easy to make and a joy to eat.

    Get the Recipe: Chicken Caesar Salad

    5. Crispy Chicken Salad

    We love this Crispy Chicken Salad. Fried chicken tenders atop a salad full of healthy veggies, then all is topped with sriracha honey BBQ dressing. Great lunch or light dinner option.

    Get the Recipe @ littlespicejar

    6. Cranberry Chicken Salad

    This Cranberry Chicken Salad is a great recipe to have on hand. It has crunch from pecans and sweetness and tang from dried cranberries.

    It’s a versatile recipe that’s great for sandwiches, wraps, or atop a bed of lettuce.

    Get the Recipe @ theendlessmeal

    7. Grilled Greek Chicken Salad

    This Grilled Greek Chicken Salad is a wonderful light dinner for the summer.

    It has all of your Mediterranean favorites like tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese and olives. We love this recipe!

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    8. Big, Quick Chicken Salad

    This big, quick chicken salad does just what its name implies – it’s big and it’s quick to make! It’s big enough you can easily use it as a main dish, not just as a side.

    It uses store-bought rotisserie chicken, various vegetables, a bit of bacon, and some tasty salad dressing.

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    9. Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

    Some days all you need is a great Cobb salad. Make it more special by adding grilled chicken and you are set for one satisfying meal any time of the day.

    It’s absolutely delish with bacon, boiled eggs and avocado with honey dijon dressing.

    Get the Recipe @ paleorunningmomma

    10. Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

    This healthy grilled chicken pasta salad is full of fresh summer flavors and smoky BBQ sauce! The creamy dressing is lightened up with Greek yogurt. A great summer night meal.

    Get the Recipe @ saltandlavender

    11. Chicken Harvest Salad

    How about this platter? Juicy grilled chicken along with bacon, fruits, crunchy kale, almonds and goat cheese. All gets drizzled with honey Dijon vinaigrette.

    Sounds good to me…

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    12. Bruschetta Chicken Pasta Salad

    Now this pasta salad is all carb lovers’ dream. Juicy tender Italian seasoned grilled chicken on a bed of pasta cooked with tomatoes, garlic and cheese… Yummy.

    This will become one of your favorite chicken salad recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    13. Classic Chicken Salad

    Sometimes, you just want something classic. Well here it is. Cooked chicken mixed with celery, mayonnaise, green onions, and a little lemon juice.

    It’s the perfect filling for sandwiches or wraps, and goes great over a bed of lettuce for a light lunch option.

    Get the Recipe @ thegirlwhoateeverything

    14. Avocado Chicken Salad

    This recipe is a tasty variation of your classic chicken salad. It’s perfect for sandwiches, or for a lighter option, on a bed of lettuce!

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    15. Rosemary Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon

    How about a rainbow of colors in a bowl? This fresh and tasty chicken salad recipe is full of avocado, bacon and cherry tomatoes. All gets topped with an amazing homemade rosemary vinaigrette.

    Healthy can be gorgeous and delicious.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    16. Pesto Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad

    This Pesto Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad recipe is juicy grilled pesto chicken on a bed of crisp lettuce with tomatoes, avocados, cucumber, and feta cheese.

    All is drizzled with a delicious pesto salad dressing.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    17. Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad

    This Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad is perfect for a BBQ, a picnic or lunch. Loaded with chicken, bacon, tomatoes and olives all smothered in a creamy ranch, mayo and sour cream dressing. This may be your “go to” pasta salad this summer!

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    18. Grilled Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad

    All of the components of this Grilled Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad go together perfectly!

    It includes walnuts, blue cheese and a honey herb vinaigrette. This makes a great lunch or light dinner.

    Get the Recipe @ thechunkychef

    19. Chicken Salad with Grapes

    Chicken Salad with Grapes is such a classic. Now it’s so much easier with canned chicken!

    Make a big batch to have in the fridge for super quick meals or snacks.

    Get the Recipe @ theskinnyishdish

    20. Lime Cumin Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Olives and Queso Fresco

    This delicious and fresh Chicken Salad is quick and easy to make, and totally customisable with your favorite ingredients.

    Packed with great ingredients like grilled chicken tenders, tomatoes, olives and queso fresco, it’s one of our favorite chicken tender recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    21. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich

    Craving something Greek-style? Try this Greek yogurt chicken salad sandwich recipe! It’s super healthy, but it still tastes amazing!

    It’s an easy recipe to make, and it creates a light and healthy sandwich that’s sure to become a new go-to meal.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    22. Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe

    Chicken salad – Southwest style! It’s packed with fresh and vibrant ingredients, and it uses a great chili lime dressing.

    The chicken breasts are wonderfully spiced, and they’re oven baked for a filling and hearty Mexican themed salad.

    Get the Recipe @ easychickenrecipes

    23. Loaded Greek Chicken Avocado Salad

    This super healthy and yummy salad has some serious Greek favors. Chicken marinating in super easy and tasty marinade, which will be used as dressing as well later.

    You can grill or pan cook the chicken to perfection and then it goes on a bed of all the Greek staples like cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, red onions, kalamata olives, green peppers and feta cheese.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    24. Grilled Chicken Salad

    In this recipe, boneless skinless chicken breast is grilled to perfection, and then served on lettuce with bacon, avocados, corn, blue, cheese, and tomatoes to make a hearty and healthy salad.

    It’s a great light summer dinner.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    25. Mango Chicken Salad

    Some juicy, ripe and sweet mango goes so well with chicken, pork or salmon. Create this delicious salad with juicy, baked chicken breasts with cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.

    It’s one of the best healthy chicken recipes for summertime.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    So many different types of chicken salads for you to make. Which ones will become a staple in your kitchen?

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    25 BEST Chicken Salad Recipes

    These Chicken Salad Recipes are just what you need for all of your lunches, light dinners and meal prep!


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