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A+ Chicken Salad

  • Author: Brook Hagen
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 Main Dish Servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • This chicken salad is an excellent way to use grilled or cooked chicken.
  • It’s perfect for lunches or a casual summertime dinner when you don’t want to cook and/or heat up the house.
  • A+ stands for “avocados plus …” other yummy healthy foods like nuts, fresh celery and grapes, etc.


  • 1 lb cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 2 avocados
  • 4 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, small dice
  • 1/21 cup toasted and chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups (or big handfuls) red seedless grapes, halved
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pit avocados and spoon out the flesh into a large bowl. Avocado Pre Mash
  2. Add the lemon juice and garlic powder to the avocados and mash to your preferred mushiness.Avocado Post Mash
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the mashed avocado mix and combine thoroughly.Finished Salad In Mixing Bowl
  4. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking.


Note: Please be aware that some of these suggestions will change the nutritional aspects of the recipe. For example, adding tortilla chips will increase carbs and make the meal non-paleo.

Serving A+ Chicken Salad

  • A heaping spoonful on top of a tossed salad with vinaigrette or honey mustard dressing.Plated Salad With Place Setting
  • As a dip (with very sturdy chips).
  • In a tortilla/pita (maybe with some cheese).


  • Avocadoes – 1/4 cup of mayonnaise per avocado.
  • Nuts – Use any nuts you like, sunflower seeds, wasabi peas, or omit them completely.
  • Celery – We don’t always have celery at home, so I like to sub 1/2 cup chopped cucumber or sweet red pepper.
  • Red Onion – Green onions (scallions), yellow or white onions. Note that yellow and white onions may have a stronger flavor.
  • Lemon Juice – Lime juice, apple cider vinegar, or balsamic vinegar. Note that balsamic vinegar will turn the chicken salad a weird brown color.


  • Cheese – feta, crumbled blue or gorgonzola, finely shredded parmesan will all work well.
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No cook


  • Serving Size: 1 Cup
  • Calories: 311
  • Fat: 18.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.2 g
  • Protein: 23.3 g

Keywords: gluten-free, no-cook, diabetic-friendly, paleo, Whole30