Just because you’re following Whole30 doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice all your favorite dishes. If you’re itching to quench your craving for chicken salad, try these Whole30 chicken salad recipes. They’re easy and hit the spot!
How do I Hit the Mark on Whole30?
In case you need a quick recap of Whole30, let’s start with just that. Whole30 is meant to be a 30-day reset for your body. If you’re feeling great after that 30-day period, you are always able to continue the plan. Otherwise, you can begin adding foods back in slowly one at a time after the reset period.
While on the plan, the goal is to only have real foods. Lean meats, fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds and eggs top the list. Alternatively, you must eliminate things like processed foods, all added sugars, grains, dairy, legumes and alcohol. And if you cheat even one time, you should begin the plan again from the start.
Whole30 Chicken Salad Recipes
Chicken Salad with Grapes
- 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and shredded chicken
- ¾ cup diced celery
- 1 cup halved seedless grapes
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup raw almond slivers
- ½ cup diced onion
- 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ cup tahini
- ½ tsp. mustard
In a medium sized bowl, combine shredded chicken, celery, grapes, onion and almonds in a bowl. Mix well. Then, toss in the remaining ingredients and blend all together. Refrigerate for two hours before serving for the best flavor.
Veggie Chicken Salad
- 2 lb. precooked diced or shredded chicken breast
- 2/3 cup of Whole30 approved mayo
- 1 cup diced celery
- ¾ cup of diced bell peppers
- ¾ tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 ½ tsp. black pepper
- ¾ cup chopped green onions
In a large bowl, mix diced or shredded chicken well with all veggies. Add in mayo, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well. For best flavor, refrigerate for about two hours before serving.
Buffalo Chicken Salad
- 4 cups of finely diced chicken
- 5 tbsp. hot pepper sauce (or more if you love spicy flavor)
- ½ cup grated carrots
- ½ cup grated celery
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ cup of Whole30 approved store-bought or pre-made mayo
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for about two hours before serving for the best flavor.
While you can always eat your chicken salad by itself, sometimes you might want to change it up a bit. Chicken salad would be great with Whole30 approved crackers, in a lettuce wrap or atop a salad of mixed greens. Additionally, it would be perfect to pair with a warm cup of soup on a cold day. Of course, if you need more direction concerning specific Whole30 options, we suggest visiting their website.
Chicken salad is so versatile that you still have plenty of options even if you are following Whole30. It’s definitely one of those staple items that’s worth having on hand in the fridge. Which Whole30 chicken salad recipe will you choose?
In addition, if you’re interested in another simple Whole30 recipe, try this Whole30 quiche!