This 6-ingredient Whole30 Chicken Salad is one of my fast and easy Whole30 lunch go-to’s! Great to pack for lunch on the go. It’s simple to make ahead and take with you to work, school, or on a trip.
This recipe came from Gramma Carol – my husband’s grandmother. We often would visit her lakeside apartment in the summer. She would take us outside for a picnic and you could count on this chicken salad making an appearance. It’s so easy yet delicious!
Why We Love This Whole30 Chicken Salad
Most people don’t have a lot of time (any?) to make lunch. Often it’s leftovers or something that’s quick and easy. It only uses 6 ingredients, plus salt and pepper. And, it only takes 10 minutes to make!
This chicken salad is Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, with nut-free and Keto options. It’s delicious in a butter lettuce wrap, on a bed of lettuce like a salad, or just straight up! I love using butter lettuce for my lettuce wraps, as it’s a soft lettuce that wraps better than other kinds. Or, these Coconut Wraps are also Whole30 and Paleo compatible and an easy wrap choice!
Tips and Tricks
- Really need it to come together quickly? Use canned chicken, as there are multiple Whole30-compliant brands.
- If I’m cooking chicken breasts, it’s fast and easy in your Instant Pot! Read this blog post on how to quickly steam and shred chicken in your Instant Pot.
- I also use my little Ninja chopper (pictured below) to quickly and finely dice my celery and onion.
Such a great fast protein option that (if you have a cooler) travels well too – it goes with us on many of our adventures!
- Shredded Chicken – See tip above for how I steam and shred my chicken quickly in an Instant Pot. Also, you can use canned chicken if that works for you.
- Celery – See tip above for how I get it finely diced easily!
- Onion – See tip above for how I get it finely diced easily!
- Pecans or Walnuts – I always prefer it with pecans, but walnuts work too if that’s more accessible to you. Or, you can use sunflower seeds for a crunch if you need nut-free.
- Grapes – I usually use red seedless grapes, as they are sweeter than green.
- Mayo – I always make my own mayo! It literally takes only 5 minutes and saves so much money. You can find my Whole30 5-Minute Mayo recipe here. Or, you can buy a Whole30 Approved mayo like this Primal Kitchen Mayo I get at my local Walmart.
Want more Whole30 Cold Lunch Options?
I had so many requests for Whole30 Cold Lunches, I made a whole blog post of them! Click HERE to find 10 of my favorite Whole30 cold lunches that I actually enjoy cold. A fantastic resource for your Whole30 travels or just simple meals at home.
Whole30 Chicken Salad
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken can use canned
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
- 3-4 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts
- 10-12 red grapes quartered
- 1/3 cup compliant mayo* enough to hold it together
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Mix chicken, celery, onion, nuts, and grapes in a medium bowl. Add mayo until it reaches your desired moisture and salt and pepper to taste.