Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe

Perfect Chicken Salad Recipe

After much trial and error, I present to you my perfect chicken salad recipe. Why is it perfect, you ask? Besides tasting great, it is gluten free, mayo free, low carb, and packed with nutrients. It uses probiotic rich yogurt in place of mayo for a unique twist.

Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe…

The only chicken salad I’ve ever tasted that I liked more was the family recipe that my friend Whitney makes. I’ve been trying to convince her to blog for years, so if she ever does, I’ll link to her recipe as well.

This healthy chicken salad recipe is fast to make (even faster if you use leftover chicken!) and is a great lunch, dinner, or snack. Pack in container for a fast on-the-go meal.

The best way I’ve found to bring this on the go is to put some at the bottom of a mason jar, add some lettuce or spinach and cap tightly. This will stay good for several days in the fridge and is a great way to pre-make meals for the week.

Prefer Mayo?

If you prefer mayo, you can use this homemade mayo which is made with coconut oil, olive oil, or macadamia nut oil, or buy this avocado oil mayo in place of processed vegetable oils. If you can’t consume eggs, you can make an avocado based substitute by blending avocado with a little apple cider vinegar and and olive oil.

I like this on top of cucumber slices or rolled up in lettuce leaves. It can top salad or be eaten alone.

Perfect Chicken Salad Recipe
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Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe

A delicious chicken salad recipe that is gluten and mayo free and low carb. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 332kcal
Author Katie Wells


  • chicken breasts cooked and cubed
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped
  • 3 large stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 medium apple chopped
  • 1 cup of grapes sliced in half
  • ½ to 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 TBSP honey optional
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 tsp  garlic powder
  • 1 tsp  salt
  • ½ tsp  black pepper
  • 1 tsp  basil
  • salad greens or spinach for serving


  • Put chicken, walnuts, celery, apple, and grapes in a bowl.
  • Add yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and spices.
  • Mix until everything is evenly coated.
  • Serve over lettuce or spinach or wrap in leaves of romaine or butter lettuce for chicken salad wraps.


This recipe makes a great mason jar salad for easy lunches or meals on the go. Just put chicken in the bottom of a mason jar and lettuce or spinach on top and twist on a lid. 


Serving: 1½ cups | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.1g | Protein: 38.6g | Fat: 11.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 510mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 14.6g

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