Not many low carb chicken recipes can match the savory flavor and appeal of low carb chicken salad…
Plus, it’s easy to throw together and PERFECT for customizing to your cravings. Protein packed and tossed in an herbaceous and succulent dressing — chicken salad is one of the TASTIEST low carb salads out there!
And it gets better: once you gather your favorite low carb recipes for this salad, you can enjoy it an endless number of ways. Think beyond the sandwich my low carb pals…
Salad recipes, lettuce wraps, or on a slice of avocado, tomato or cucumber.… the list just keeps going!
No let’s jump in!
Low carb chicken salad enthusiasts all have their favorite concoctions and I’m no exception. BUT – I don’t want to eat the same chicken salad recipe every time and I’m sure you don’t either!
Different seasons and occasions call for different flavor options. So with that in mind… here are the 11 best low carb chicken salad recipes:
1. Avocado Chicken Salad
Plus, they give it a deep creamy flavor that’s unparalleled in other low carb chicken salad recipes. I’m telling you – it’s delectable.
This one bowl wonder leaves absolutely nothing to be desired no matter how you serve it. The absence of mayo and Greek yogurt saves carbs and makes it a tasty, heart-healthy option.
If you love avocados like I do, you’re going to fall head over heels for this avocado chicken salad!
2. Canned Chicken Salad
This simply scrumptious canned chicken salad has all the flavor of other low carb chicken salad recipes with a major convenience factor attached (and a secret ingredient)! You don’t need to cook any chicken and clean up the mess.
Fresh fragrant dill, crunchy pickles and crisp red onions are sprinkled throughout this creamy mayo-based concoction to create the tastiest darn chicken salad this side of the Mississippi!
3. Greek Chicken Salad
Make your taste buds stand up and pay attention with this hearty Greek chicken salad. No, it’s not chicken salad with Greek yogurt instead of mayo…
This is a savory marinated chicken salad that you can have for dinner. It’s got a homemade vinegar and oil dressing that’s a lot like traditional Horiatiki and there’s plenty of feta cheese to boot.
Polish up dinner when you need something quick and easy without sacrificing nutrition or have it for lunch just because you love it. Just have it!
4. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
Now this is chicken salad with Greek yogurt instead of mayo! Greek yogurt chicken salad is an incredibly healthy version of the classic recipe, only slightly sweeter and refreshing with less fat.
You still get all that succulent chicken and those crisp summer veggies gently blended together with the added low carb protein of Greek yogurt. This cold, creamy concoction is delicious by itself or over a bed of greens and it’s totally modifiable to suit your personal taste or diet plan.
5. Thai Chicken Salad
You’re going to love the totally tasty flavor of this Thai chicken salad! All the traditional veggies you’d expect to see in an Asian dish are chopped to perfection and generously incorporated — their low carb nature allows you to go a little overboard. Yum!!
Toss in some peanuts and sesame seeds, then top it off with a delectable sugar free peanut sauce just for good measure. OMG!! You’ll make this more than once for sure.
6. Rotisserie Chicken Salad
Succulent rotisserie chicken salad incorporates all the seasoned smoky flavor of tender moist chicken with the textures of crisp summer veggies and a creamy homemade dressing for a chicken salad that’s surprisingly delicious. In fact, you may start using rotisserie chicken in all your chicken salad recipes after tasting this one… and I couldn’t blame you one little bit!
But, don’t take my word for it, give it a try for yourself. The best part is that you can make rotisserie chicken or just pick one up from the supermarket! (There’s that convenience factor again…)
7. Curry Chicken Salad
Making curry chicken salad means you can have the best of Indian cuisine even in a homemade lunch option. Kick things up a notch with the smooth heat of curry powder and complex layers of incredible flavor.
This tango of deep, rich flavors will tempt the taste buds and please the palate right down to the last irresistible bite. Its zestalisious!
Psst — this salad has been heavily modified to become low carb. Check out the recipe notes for all the tips and tricks!!
8. Tarragon Chicken Salad
I absolutely looove the aromatic flavor of tarragon chicken salad because it’s just so darn yummy! The flavor profile is heightened by the fragrant herbs and rich creamy dressing that make this tarragon chicken salad so irresistible.
This is one of my favorite healthy recipes for chicken salad sandwiches, but I’ll eat it a variety of other ways, too. It also makes a great mason jar chicken salad or appetizer for friendly get togethers.
9. Mexican Chicken Salad
This wildly creative Mexican chicken salad will wake up your lunch and make your taste buds want to do a dance. Taco seasoning and lime juice are just a couple of the tasty ingredients in this creative chicken salad concoction that leaves nothing to be desired.
The aromatic blend of herbs and spices is enough to make you salivate. I just love Mexican food and this Mexican chicken salad doesn’t disappoint — It’s incredibly satisfying!
10. Chinese Chicken Salad
If you’re in the mood for chicken salad but you want something with an oriental flair, then Chinese chicken salad will do the trick! Forget ordering take out!
Whether you’re ready to try something new, or you know exactly what’s in store, there aren’t many recipes comparable to Chinese chicken salad. It’s unique and exotic and it lives up to its name in every respect.
I was hooked the very first time I tasted it and I’m sure you will be, too!
11. Pesto Chicken Salad
Using pesto in your chicken salad in addition to mayo or Greek yogurt is a fantastic way to add some exquisite flavor and this pesto chicken salad proves it! People are always asking what other dressings they can use beside mayo, Greek yogurt or ranch.
Well, the answer is pesto! It’s a savory, aromatic blend that tempts all five of the senses and you wouldn’t believe what it does for chicken salad.
The next time you want to dress up your chicken salad without adding carbs, try making pesto chicken salad. You may never go back to mayo again!
The number of carbs in chicken salad really depends on the specific recipe used to make your low carb chicken salad. For example, how many carbs in chicken salad with mayo is less than when Greek yogurt is used for the dressing (but it’s also a tad higher in calories and fat).
On the other hand, Greek yogurt offers a somewhat lighter flavor and less fat with just a few more carbs. The key is to use a true Greek yogurt instead of one just marketed as such.
(True Greek yogurts undergo an additional straining process to filter out the lactose resulting in a lower carb product with no added sugars.)
Tweaking healthy chicken recipes to suit your personal preference is just a given, and chicken salad is no exception! Substituting is optional in most low carb chicken salad recipes for this very reason…
Swapping out rotisserie, grilled or canned chicken can offer a subtle flavor boost along with other conveniences such as not cooking or using up leftovers. Many times, you’ll find that you prefer one over the other for certain low carb chicken salad recipes.
It’s also important to note that most chicken salad is better if it gets to set up in the fridge for a few hours. This gives flavors time to mingle and develop into something you can really appreciate.
Chicken salad is better with character and that comes from learning how to coax out those complex layers of flavor.
Chicken salad is one of those low carb salads that can be served hundreds of ways! Serving options often depend on recipes, occasions, diets and many other factors, but the options are limitless…
Here are just a few of the most popular ways to serve a low carb chicken salad in no particular order:
- On low carb hamburger buns
- Over low carb crackers
- In a low carb wrap
- Over a bed of greens
- On low carb bread
- On top of sliced cucumbers
- In a lettuce or kale leaf
- In a mason jar
- In a hollowed tomato
- On a celery stick
- In a zucchini boat
- As a veggie dip
I’m completely convinced that low carb chicken salad IS the end-all be-all of tasty low carb chicken recipes and there’s no changing my mind! It’s quick, convenient, portable, modifiable and nutrient dense.
And besides that, it tastes fantastic! Moist succulent chicken is protein packed, lean, and healthy!
The best part is that every single one of these recipes taste incredible, whether you use the white meat, the dark meat or a combination of the two. So, go on – make some low carb chicken salad – You know you want to!
Let me know which one of these low carb chicken salad recipes is your favorite in the comments section below! I’d love to see which one gets the most votes!