Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe πŸ—πŸ₯—

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Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe

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Prep

15 minutes

Cook

25 minutes

Yield

4

This Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe is so easy to make and a nourishing, healthy recipe to prep for easy lunches.

This Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe is the perfect meal prep recipe for an easy lunch all week long. I love a salad that is hearty and filling. Salads get a bad reputation for just being a bowl of veggies that may taste good at the moment but leave you hungry in 30 minutes. The key is creating a salad that has filling, hearty ingredients like a healthy source of protein and grains. This recipe has just that!

Bowl of healthy chicken salad on counter

❀️ Why You’ll Love This Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe

  • Healthy: Just like the title states, this Chicken Salad is full of nourishing, healthy ingredients
  • Versatile: You can swap the protein with a plant-based protein, and add (or subtract) any of the veggies for your fav
  • Meal Prep: Meal prep this budget-friendly recipe for the week to have a healthy lunch to grab on those busy days

🍲 Ingredients

Pearl Barley – Pearl barley is harvested from ears of barley. Pearl barley is good for you and good for your heart health. It can help with your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, and so much more

Butter Beans – Butter beans are also known as lima beans and they are a healthy source of plant-based protein. You can easily swap these for other beans, but I love the buttery taste of butter beans

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Mixed healthy chicken salad in a bowl with serving spoons

πŸ‘©β€πŸ³ How to Make a Healthy Chicken Salad

  1. Cook the grains according to package instructions. While the grains are cooking, prepare the salad ingredients and make the dressing by whisking together all of the ingredients and set aside.
  2. Add all of the salad ingredients to a bowl, drizzle the dressing over, toss, and serve.

πŸͺ„ Tips and Tricks

  • If you can’t find butter beans, cannellini or navy beans would be a delicious substitute
  • Other delicious grains you could use in this salad are quinoa or brown rice
  • Meal prep this Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe by keeping the dressing separate, and adding on top when you’re ready to consume
Bowl of healthy chicken salad


πŸ—’ Substitutions

There are so many easy swaps you can make in this Chicken Salad, and here are just some I recommend:

  • Butter Beans: Swap for any kind of bean you prefer such as kidney or black beans
  • Chicken: You can use leftover rotisserie chicken, chicken breast, or chicken thighs. You can also substitute for any other protein you have on hand or eliminate all together
  • Grains: Use whatever grains you like such as brown rice or quinoa


πŸ—’ Best served with

πŸ‘ How to Store Leftovers

Store the dressing and salad separately to keep it longer in the fridge. If the salad is already mixed, it’ll still taste great for up to 3 days.

πŸ€” Common Questions

How do you make a salad filling?

It’s important to load them up with protein. Try a lean protein like chicken and a plant-based protein like a bean. Adding in a grain can help make the salad feel more like a meal.

I don’t like artichokes, what can I use instead?

Hearts of palm can be a delicious alternative or sundried tomatoes. You can also omit them from this recipe completely.

Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe πŸ—πŸ₯—

5 from 26 votes
This Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe is so easy to make and a nourishing, healthy recipe to prep for easy lunches.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek-Inspired
Servings 4
Calories 548 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup uncooked pearl barley or farro
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced green onion
  • 1/2 cup diced shallots (about 2 shallots)
  • 14 oz can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

For the dressing

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Instructions
 

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Notes

  • If you can’t find butter beans, cannellini or navy beans would be a delicious substitutes.
  • This recipe would be delicious as a meal prep salad!
  • Other delicious grains you could use in this salad are quinoa or brown rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 74.2g | Protein: 15.5g | Fat: 24.5g | Saturated Fat: 5.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14.4g | Cholesterol: 16.7mg | Sodium: 873.2mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 9.8g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Catherine Greco

5 stars
I make this every week! We love this salad and the dressing is the best part. It’s the only dressing I use now.

Maria Koutsogiannis

This makes me so happy, thank you so much, Catherine!

Mia

5 stars
This recipe is everything I’ve been looking for in my chicken salad. It’s so versatile! I had it over a bed of greens and it was incredible. Had it over rice and so incredible. You cannot go wrong and it’s so easy and full of flavor. Love love!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Mia!

Amy

This was so good! I loved the flavor combinations and it made chicken salad so much less boring. I made it exactly as you instructed; Wouldn’t change a thing!

emily

5 stars
the perfect meal prep !!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much, Emily!!

Ellen

5 stars
This was delicious and such a nice change for a chicken salad. Really easy to adapt based on what you have in the kitchen or your preferences.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Ellen!!

5 from 26 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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