Chicken salad isn’t just for the ladies who lunch anymore. The dainty iteration of this dish, fashionably served in the tea rooms of the ‘30s, is popular today across all demographics. The traditional chicken salad recipe of chopped or shredded chicken saturated with mayonnaise and mixed with celery and onion has been reinvented probably as many times as it has been served.Whether you choose to add bacon, curry powder, apples, or orzo, these chicken salad recipes will become your go-tos for lunch. Don’t fret about the calories — there are plenty of fixes to lighten up the classic chicken salad recipe if you desire. Use light mayonnaise or swap it out entirely for vinaigrette, like this version with cilantro. Tasty and filling, chicken salad works well in a lunchbox or served at a luncheon. No matter your need, The Daily Meal has the perfect chicken salad recipe for any occasion.
Try these chicken salad recipes wrapped in tortillas, on top of healthy greens, or tucked inside of your favorite wholesome bread.
Curried Chicken Salad
Perfectly sweet and savory, this moist sandwich is delectable — and just as suitable for a business luncheon as it would be for a bridal shower. Next time you’re the host, this is an easy make-ahead choice. And it is as attractive as it is delicious. — Emeril’s Kicked Up Sandwiches Cookbook
Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups
Chicken salad is usually a bit of a calorie bomb, but not this version. There's plenty of fresh produce here, and the sour cream and mayonnaise are slimmed-down, so you can indulge without the guilt. — Susan Irby
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries
Make the most of autumn's seasonal fruits with this delicious chicken salad with apples and cranberries. The salad can be served on crusty breads or rolls to create a sandwich, or alone on a plate garnished with additional apple slices to create a meal that is as appealing on the eyes as it is to the palate. — Kerri Barrett
Chicken Salad with Asian Vinaigrette
Repurpose leftovers for a healthy and tasty lunch with this recipe, which uses leftover chicken. Dice the chicken and add an Asian-inspired vinaigrette made with, rice vinegar, soy sauce, fresh ginger, and a touch of red pepper for some heat.
Indian Chicken Salad Pockets
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I’m a big fan of mixing low-fat mayonnaise with stronger flavors to give it the richness of a full-fat mayonnaise. Here, I’ve coupled low-fat mayonnaise with curry paste, which is found in the international foods aisle in most major grocery stores. Just be sure you don’t go crazy with these pastes in other dishes — most are full of fat and sodium. But they also have very strong flavor, so in a dish like this — where a half a teaspoon does it — I absolutely love them, and I suspect you will, too. — Devin Alexander
Mexican Orzo Chicken Salad
A great group-pleasing salad made with orzo, rice-shaped pasta, tomatoes, corn, and chicken tossed with a light Southwestern lime vinaigrette. — Holly Clegg
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