By Ariel Knutson
Chicken salad is delicious. It’s also easy to make (and make-ahead), adaptable, and generally a healthy, protein-packed option. In other words, it’s the queen of lunch — specifically (and relevantly) the work-from-home lunch. We’ve rounded up some of the best chicken salad recipes for you to try right now. From a curried chicken number to a vegan version, you’ll find plenty of inspiration.
1. Whole30 BLT Chicken Salad from Mad About Food
This BLT chicken salad combines two great lunches into one. All you really need to besides the traditional mayo and chicken, are cherry tomatoes, bacon bits, and green onions. And like in most chicken salad recipes, you can use rotisserie chicken to make things even easier.
2. Tarragon Chicken Salad from Little Pine Kitchen
Instead of just using mayo, this chicken salad has a unique dressing. It includes fresh tarragon, lemon juice and peel, and a dash of vanilla extract. Serve it on a sandwich or keep it low-carb with cucumber slices, bell peppers, and celery stalks.
3. Curried Chicken Salad from The Modern Proper
I hate to choose favorites, but I have a thing for curried chicken salad. It’s incredible what a little bit of curry powder can do for something that’s normally so simple! This recipe also uses Greek yogurt as a creamy base to lighten things up, and includes golden raisins and celery for some added texture.
4. Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
This pantry-friendly chicken salad is rich and tangy thanks to a healthy dose of sun-dried tomatoes and plenty of capers. Stuff inside a wrap or serve over a bed of lettuce.
5. Guacamole Chicken Salad from Paleo Running Momma
Fresh guacamole = instant party. So, why not fun up your lunch a little and combine everyone’s favorite appetizer with chicken salad? If you’ve got some pre-made guacamole and a rotisserie chicken, this recipe practically makes itself.
6. Cranberry Walnut Vegan “Chicken” Salad from The Simple Veganista
Chickpeas are a brilliant vegan substitute for chicken in this recipe. The key is to lightly mash the chickpeas before combining it with the dressing, celery, onions, cranberries, and walnut. It helps everything stick together.
7. Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad from Mad About Food
Chicken salad is the perfect base for creativity, and this recipe is proof. Madeline of Mad About Food uses jalapeños and bacon bits to mimic jalapeños poppers. If you want to up the heat, she suggests adding the seeds of the pepper to your dish.
8. Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing from Julia’s Album
This humble chicken salad has four main ingredients: chicken, pecans, dried cranberries, and green onion. Where things go off script is with the dressing, which is a combination of mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, Dijon mustard, and poppy seeds.
9. Pesto Chicken Salad from All the Healthy Things
Pesto is a classic addition to chicken salad, and the key to making it extra delicious is by using the very best pesto. It’s worth the effort to make it yourself instead of getting the store bought stuff. This recipe also adds red onion, pine nuts, and a little lemon juice to brighten things up.
10. Greek Avocado Chicken Salad from Creme de la Crumb
This Greek-inspired chicken salad is loaded with all sorts of delicious things: avocado, kalamata olives, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and a creamy dressing made with fresh dill. It’s good enough to eat by itself.