Keto Chicken Salad is one of my favorite lunch options. Loaded with protein from chicken, nuts, creamy mayonnaise, and the savory blend of spices, it is a great meal all by itself. The bonus? It’s a perfect recipe to make that the entire family will enjoy – even the non-keto eaters in your home.
Keto Chicken Salad
For years, one of my favorite lunches was a chicken salad sandwich. When I decided to start looking at keto food and a different way of eating, I thought I would miss out on that sandwich.
I was totally wrong! This keto chicken salad is so good, and not much different than my old recipe.
By serving this chicken salad on keto-friendly rolls or lettuce, I can have my same comfort-food sandwich with absolutely zero guilt!
Depending upon the number of macros you have, you may even want to add in this low-carb potato salad using cauliflower as a side to the chicken salad.
What Can I Serve This Keto Chicken Salad Recipe On?
The biggest question people have is about how to serve a sandwich spread like this keto chicken salad when you are avoiding bread.
Just because traditional bread is high in carbohydrates doesn’t mean you have no options for a sandwich!
Once you have used our keto macro calculator to determine what your goals are each day, you will have a better idea of how many carbs you should have each day.
In some cases, a low-carb bread may be an option for you to use with this recipe. For others, it may need to be served inside lettuce or just by itself.
Some fun ways to serve keto chicken salad:
- On bibb lettuce leaves.
- In a low-carb tortilla with lettuce as a wrap.
- On low-carb or keto-bread. Check your market for options.
- On top of a bed of salad greens.
- By itself straight from the bowl.
Another great option to serve in these ways is my keto egg salad.
Variations of This Low Carb Chicken Salad
While the basic chicken salad recipe includes chicken, eggs, mayonnaise, and pecans or walnuts, you may want to mix things up a bit to add a different flavor profile.
Below are some herbs and spices that can be added in small amounts to really change the way this meal tastes.
This is ideal for those who get bored with eating the same thing regularly.
- Use fresh herbs instead of dried options for brighter flavor
- Add in fresh dill, fresh basil, or even fresh rosemary
- Mix in ¼-½ teaspoon curry powder for a richer flavor
- Add in ½ tsp cumin or taco seasoning mix for a Mexican flavor profile
- Add shredded cheese to the mixture for more texture, flavor, and fat content
Shortcuts That Save Time Making Keto Salad Recipes
One of the most important things for me when following the keto diet is to make sure everything I need is easy to access and have on hand.
I get off track and make poor food choices when I don’t have easy to prepare options. So, shortcuts are sometimes just what I need.
For this keto chicken salad recipe, I have used rotisserie chicken, packaged hard boiled eggs, and pre-chopped nuts to save time.
I can pick up those items at the grocery store and have my chicken salad ready in under 5 minutes when I get home. That helps me stay on track so much better than having to start from scratch.
- 4 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons mustard - spicy brown, dijon or yellow
- 2 stalks (about 1 cup) celery, chopped
- ½ cup green onions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup nuts
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, mustard, dill and parsley
- Stir in chicken, green onions and celery until well combined
- Fold in nut (optional)
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
- Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving
- Serve on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, sweet peppers, lettuce wraps or low carb biscuit.