I think chicken salad is one of the most confusing food names ever. Is it a salad with chicken on it? Is it chicken made into a salad? I don’t know! I used to pass right over chicken salad on restaurant menus (mostly because I thought it was just salad with chicken on it – gross). But then I discovered the amazingness that is chicken salad, and now it’s my go-to. Not to mention, it’s an easy option for dairy free and gluten free food at a restaurant. My favorite recipe is for rotisserie chicken salad. It is made with rotisserie chicken, an apple, a red onion, and a little bit of mayo. It’s quick and easy, and uses things that are almost always in my kitchen!
After completing Whole30, I struggled a lot with whether or not to make rotisserie chicken salad again. Not only was I concerned it wouldn’t be as good if I couldn’t eat it served on a flakey, buttery croissant, but also, I was used to mayo based salads being quite heavy on the mayo and I knew that wasn’t a healthy habit I should continue.
However, this recipe stands on its own! It’s a really great option to make on a Sunday night for meal prep and take to work for lunches. I just eat it right out of the container. Well, with a fork of course. But you know what I mean. In addition, I decided to make this with less mayo than most people probably would. Just enough to get everything to stick together. Not enough to get gross.
Rotisserie chicken (1)
Red onion (1)
2 tbsp mayo (or more to preference)
Sliced almonds (to preference)
Dried cranberries (to preference)
1. Remove the meat from your rotisserie chicken
2. Dice the chicken, apple, and onion and place in a large bowl
3. Add the mayo, almonds, and cranberries
4. Mix everything together
Of course rotisserie chicken salad can be easily customized too. One time I had pineapple cashew chicken salad that was served inside a scooped out pineapple. How clever and fun! You could easily swap the sliced almonds for chopped cashews and the diced apple for some diced pineapple. Voila! Summer rotisserie chicken salad. A healthy recipe that transcends seasons. What more could you want?
*Use Whole30 approved mayo and leave out the dried cranberries to make this Whole30 approved.
*Switch up your apple choice to change up your flavor profiles – granny smith apples add a nice tartness, but you can’t go wrong with pink lady apples either!
*Store your rotisserie chicken salad in individual cups or mason jars to make mornings easier – just grab one and go!
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