11 Chicken Salad Recipes

Salads are the best way to refresh yourself during the summer. Chicken salads are healthier, packed with protein, freshness, and many flavors. If you’re looking for savory chicken salad, this guide has covered ten easy-to-make and delicious chicken sandwiches. 

There are thousands of chicken salad recipes, but only a few are easy to make, delicious, and healthier.

During the summer days, everyone hates cooking and spending time in the kitchen, so I’ve included easy-to-make salads that come out in a few minutes. 

All the chicken salad recipes are customizable, allowing you to personalize them with your favorite seasonings and ingredients. You can make these salads ahead of time and bring them along on picnics, hiking, camping, or any outdoor adventure. 

1- Chicken Kale Salad

This chicken salad is special because it includes apples, celery, and seeds. The leafy green veggies in this salad make it crunchy and boost its appeal, making it a more vibrant and refreshing salad for summer.

This version is dairy-free because it uses tahini dressing. You can also use vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar for the dressing. 

2- Chicken Caesar Pasta Sala for dressing

If you’re looking for the best chicken salad to complement your BBQ spread, try this chicken Caesar pasta salad packed with a lot of creamy, crunchy, and umami flavor; it’s sure to be a hit. 

This salad recipe uses store-bought Caesar dressing, but you can also make it at home using egg yolk, fresh lemon juice, garlic cloves, mustard, parmesan cheese, and salt. 

3- Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Oh! I love the red hues of buffalo sauce in this chicken pasta salad. You’ll love it if you’re a fan of vibrant and delicious colors. 

Buffalo sauce with mayonnaise makes this salad creamy, tangy, and extra savory. It is also fridge-friendly; an airtight container can store it for 3 days. 

4- Old Fashioned Chicken Salad Sandwich

If you’re looking for a comforting and healthy chicken salad to fill your burgers, sandwiches, or wraps, this old-fashioned salad is your thing.

It will make your boring sandwiches more refreshing and full of flavors. Feel free to add apples, grapes, and other fruits to create a burst of flavor. 

5- Easy Deli Chicken Salad

Last week, I made this easy deli chicken salad and earned a lot of complaints from my family. This satisfying salad is a no-fuss recipe with staple ingredients in every pantry. 

The chicken breast with red onion, lemon juice, and celery offers a refreshing and savory taste.

Plus, brown sugar and Dijon mustard add sweetness to the salad. You can whip up this salad in just 20 minutes, requiring an extra 20 minutes to chill out. 

6- Cranberry Chicken Salad 

This cranberry salad is refreshing and healthy, taking only 10 minutes to prepare. It is the best chicken salad to serve large crowds and the family.

The cranberry inside the salad offers a tangy and slightly tart hint, and the mayonnaise with lemon juice delivers a heavenly good taste. To add flavor and texture, top it with dried dill or herbs. 


Have you ever tried chicken salad with grapes? If not, try this salad, and you will thank me later. It is sweet, fresh, tangy, creamy, and has more flavors than you can imagine in one bowl. 

You can also use this chicken salad as a burger filling. It’s super easy to make and just takes 20 minutes to prepare. Best for picnics, and the summertime barbecue parties, or evening gatherings. 


This shredded chicken salad is so fluffy that you can make it without a blender or food processor. Unlike most chicken salads, it requires minimal ingredients, is super budget-friendly, and only takes 15 minutes to prepare. 

I prefer full-fat sour cream to elevate the texture and make it look more creamy. For refreshing flavors, sprinkle fresh dill, parsley, chives, or herbs.

9- California Chicken Salad

This California chicken salad seasoned with Greek yogurt and poppy seed dressing offers an exceptional taste. You can add crumbled bacon and chicken to get the high protein. Strawberries and blueberries are also the best substitute for grapes. 

This California chicken salad is so much easier to make. Combine all the ingredients in one large mixing bowl, pour the dressing, and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. 


Nothing is more vibrant, colorful, and devious than this gluten-free chicken salad. It features grapes, diced celery, red onions, parsley, and crunchy sliced almonds. 

You don’t need a blender or chopper to shred chicken; just toss it with a fork. This bright salad is a perfect option for those looking for a gluten-free chicken salad. 

11- Smoked Chicken Salad

Do you want to experience the BBQ taste in your chicken salad? Try this smoked chicken salad made with smoky BBQ chicken.

The sweetness of dried cherries and a smoky flavor create a savory contrast that tantalizes the taste buds and adds depth to any dish. This is the best option for those bored with pasta or macaroni salads. 

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