My absolute favorite chicken salad recipe! So colorful and loaded with fresh fruits and veggies like apple, grapes, onion, celery and fresh herbs! A large batch is a great meal prep lunch for busy weeks!
Chicken Salad Meal Prep
Chicken Salad is one of my favorite meal prep lunches. I love making different variations, like my curry chicken salad, to have prepped in the fridge for the week. It is so good eaten as a sandwich, deli wrap, or as a dip with crackers or pitas. I’ve even had luck with my kids liking it rolled up in a tortilla.
Being able to make this recipe ahead means it is also great for entertaining. My mom and I have hosted many an afternoon baby shower with chicken salad on croissants, a beautiful plate of fruit, and an appetizer or two.
For the Chicken
A rotisserie chicken is a great way to make this super fast and easy. But, another great option is to make extra chicken when you are cooking it for dinner. Cooled leftover chicken the next day is so handy. It’s perfect in this recipe, or can also make dinner the next night easier. Try chicken pot pie or chicken wild rice soup!
Can I substitute?
I love the combination of the juicy grapes and apples, but this recipe can easily be adapted. You can swap pears for the apples or blueberries for the grapes for a whole new combination. The nuts can be any kind really, like chopped almonds, walnuts, cashews, or pistachios. Herbs really add that nice bit of freshness, and parsley, scallions or a bit of spinach or basil can be subbed.
There are millions of recipes for chicken salad, but this has always been my favorite! Loaded with fresh fruits and veggies, it’s simply summer delicious! Like most things, it’s much healthier when it’s homemade too!
- 4 c cooked shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works well)
- 3 ribs celery about 1 cup, chopped
- ½ red or white onion about ½ cup, chopped
- 1 c red grapes halved
- ½ apple about ½ cup, chopped
- 2 T chives chopped
- ½ c pecans or almonds chopped or sliced
- ½ juice of a lemon
- ¼ t nutmeg
- ¼ t cayenne pepper
- ½ t kosher salt
- 8 grinds freshly ground black pepper freshly ground black pepper
- ½ t dijon mustard
- ½ c mayonnaise or more to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Serve on sandwiches, toast, buns, croissants, deli wraps, crackers, or pitas.