Tarragon chicken salad is one of those ADDICTIVELY delicious low carb recipes that’s unlike any other salad recipes you’ve tried…
It’s unique, playfully delicious, and will make you crave salad, ever if you never thought that was possible!
It’s one of those healthy recipes that comes together in a snap, despite all the layers of deliciousness you get to enjoy. Fresh herbs, summer textures and a dash of vanilla are just a few of the surprises hidden in this low carb salads recipe — Sure to tickle the senses, and make you crave moreee!
Lets get taste testing!
I absolutely love the flavor of this tarragon chicken salad! It’s light and lively….and aromatic. Plus, you won’t believe how easy it is to throw together. There’s literally nothing to it but let me tell you – the flavor is divine!
Here are some other reasons to love it:
- No special gadgets
- Cost effective
- Heavenly flavor
This low carb chicken salad is so simple to make but it has a polished flavor that’s versatile enough for many occasions. For best results, mix the salad and leave it in the fridge for 30 minute or so before serving. This gives all the flavors time to mingle and start expressing their inner beauty.
Herbs – This low carb chicken salad recipe also calls for fresh tarragon. I know you may have the dried flakes in your cabinet but this dish tastes so much better if you use the fresh herb. It just really elevates the flavor profile in an unbelievable way!
Chicken – When whipping up chicken salad, I like to use precooked chicken to save some time (rotisserie is always a delicious addition!). You can also boil/bake chicken for this recipe before getting started.
Storing your tarragon chicken salad (if there’s any left) is as simple as keeping it in the fridge safe from air and moisture. This can be done with an airtight container and a secured lid.
Can You Freeze This Low Carb Lunch?
Sorry! This is a mayo-based chicken salad with fresh veggies, so it doesn’t freeze well.
Psst — If you’re looking for freezable low carb lunch ideas, check out some of these options instead!
How to Meal Prep This Healthy Lunch
Simply put your chicken salad in small individual airtight containers. Secure their lids and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
*Pro Tip: I recommend waiting until you mix this up for healthy lunch ideas to add the sliced almonds, this will prevent them from getting soggy.
Modifying this timeless 80’s dish into something that belongs specifically to you is easily done — that said, I recommend making it according to the recipe the first time, and tasting it, before making changes.
How To Serve This Healthy Chicken Salad
Tarragon chicken salad is a healthy chicken salad that’s chock full of lively flavors making it easy to serve many different ways. I mean, who doesn’t love a chicken salad sandwich, right? (I know I do)
You can also serve it in a wrap, as a mason jar salad or over mixed greens. If you want to spice things up, serve your chicken salad on crackers with a fresh basil leaf sandwiched in between.
Here are some other tasty ways you can serve this incredible tarragon chicken salad:
- Over cucumber slices
- With homemade tortilla chips
- On a celery stalk
- In a bell pepper boat
- Wrapped in Romaine lettuce
- In a pita pocket
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What Other Spices Can I Add To This Chicken Salad?
Making chicken salad that tastes incredible is all about balance, so you have to be subtle about adding more spices than called for in this recipe. BUT, this is your tarragon chicken salad, so make it according to your taste!
The only spices that may be worth trying are coriander and anise because they both play well in the sandbox with tarragon and poultry. Going a little more herbaceous may be easier. Playing around with dill, thyme and even chives is worth a try.
Sometimes people add tarragon to their curry chicken salad for a nice flavor twist.
Is This Chicken Salad Low Carb?
Tarragon chicken salad is one of the easiest low carb chicken recipes to make without sacrificing flavor!
Greek yogurt chicken salad is quite popular in the land of healthy recipes, but it does have a few more carbs than its mayo-based counterpart.
How Can I Make This Chicken Salad Healthier?
Well, chicken salad is pretty healthy to start with but there are a few ways to up the nutrition ante! One popular option is to mix a little something with the mayo to save some fat and calories. Greek yogurt is always a go-to substitution, but it’ll add some carbs to the equation.
Making cranberry chicken salad is a nice way to add some antioxidants, vitamin C and a healthy dose of fiber to your diet — as long as you aren’t watching your carb count, this is a delicious addition!
Another healthy alternative is avocado chicken salad — It has a cool creamy, refreshing flavor that’s oh so good for you!
Can I Add Fruit?
Sure, you can! Adding chopped apples to your tarragon chicken salad helps draw out some of the sweet nuances of the tarragon — not to mention, chicken salad with apples is always a hit!
Chicken salad with grapes is also quite common but I think the grapes take away from the polished flavor of the tarragon a little too much. (They seem kind of overbearing in this recipe)…But, that’s just my personal opinion.
Tarragon Chicken Salad
- 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Tarragon fresh
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Peel grated
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 2 Cups Chicken Breast chopped
- 1/2 Cup Celery finely chopped
- 1/4 Cup Red Onion finely chopped
- 1/2 Cup Almonds slivered
- In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients.
- In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients.
- Pour the dressing over the salad, and stir to combine.
- Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes so the flavors combine, and enjoy!
When it comes to healthy chicken recipes there are so many options, it can be hard to choose!
The good news is that there’s a recipe for virtually every taste and occasion. The incredible simplicity and massive flavor of this tarragon chicken salad are hard to beat, but there are some other great recipes out there…
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Thai Chicken Salad
- Rotisserie Chicken Salad
- Chinese Chicken Salad
- Southwest Chicken Salad
- Grilled Chicken Salad
Tarragon chicken salad is a polished version of that classic 80’s dish. It’s simple, healthy and incredibly delicious. This is a recipe you’ll want to add to your collection so you can pull it out for special occasions or when you are ready for something a little different. It’s insanely yummy and refreshing!
Try it for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below… I can’t wait to hear from you!!