Chicken salad is one of my go-to summer meals. Grilled chicken on a bed of greens with a variety of other vegetables is a healthy and delicious dish. However, I know as well as you that eating the same salad can be boring. These sensational chicken salad recipes should inspire you to change up your routine and cook something different. You can make any one of these salads at a drop of the hat. Also, chicken salad is a great way to use up leftovers.
No matter your dietary restrictions, this salad will work for you. It's dairy free, gluten-free, low fat, low carb, and overall low calorie. For vegetarians, simply substitute the chicken for tempeh or firm tofu.
Berries are a healthy way to add sweetness to salads. While this chicken salad uses a combination of blueberries and strawberries, use whatever berry is available and in season. I also like to add a teaspoon or two of berry flavored jam to the vinaigrette to compliment the fruit flavors in the salad.
You can create this Italian chopped chicken salad on the fly with ingredients from your pantry. Feel free to add roasted red peppers, mini mozzarella balls, marinated artichoke hearts, olives, Italian cured meats and more.
Coconut crusted chicken tenders are paired with buttery macadamia nuts, fresh chunks of pineapple and slices of red pepper to create a chicken salad with a tropical twist. A homemade pina colada vinaigrette brings the whole salad together.