The Best Homemade Chicken Salad is here. Why is it the best? Because it is quick and easy to toss together, tastes amazing, and can be served up so many ways. This recipe happens to be Paleo and Whole30 compliant and keto/low carb friendly!
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A plate and a bowl filled withThe Best Homemade Chicken Salad with a gold fork


Homemade Chicken Salad: Simply The Best!

I suggest you use fresh rotisserie chicken for this recipe or you can brine and cook your own. You can see how to brine chicken breasts here. Then add diced cucumber, quartered grapes, garden grown chives, and pistachios and holy moly is it good! And beautiful, if I do say so myself. You can serve it alone…

A small bowl filled with The Best Homemade Chicken Salad, topped with pistachios and grapes


…or scoop it into half an avocado….

Two avocado halves filled with The Best Homemade Chicken Salad!


…or serve it on a bed of baby greens. No matter how you serve it, it will be amazing!

A small plate of lettuce topped with The Best Homemade Chicken Salad!


The Mayo…Make Your Own…or Not!

When it comes to chicken salad, what you put on it is as important as what you put in it. So I opt for an amazing homemade mayo. (<— recipe) But you can find paleo/whole30/keto friendly brands of mayonnaise at some stores, or click to have good quality mayo shipped to your door.

A bowl. a plate and teo avocado halves filled with The Best Homemade Chicken Salad!



The Recipe: The Best Homemade Chicken Salad

What you will need: click if making homemade mayo or click to have good quality mayo shipped to your door.

The Best Homemade Chicken Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins

An easy to make delicious chicken salad. Serve with greens. Alone, this recipe is Paleo-Whole 30- Keto compliant. Of course you can serve on bread if desired. 

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy lunch recipe, light recipe, summer recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Dicing everything the same size makes for a prettier salad
  • two cups home cooked or rotisserie chicken, diced 1/2"
  • 1 cup cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup purple grapes, quartered so you get more sweet in each bite! (keto you can skip if desired)
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted pistachios (or your favorite nut)
  • mayonnaise, to taste (homemade recipe linked above)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional: greens, avocado
For chicken salad:
  1. Combine all ingredients except avocado and greens (if using) and stir with desired amount of mayonnaise. Add sea salt and pepper to taste if needed. 
  2. Serve alone, place on a bed of greens, or scoop into half an avocado



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