Super flavourful Chicken Salad! On this post, you’ll learn how to make chicken salad with lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onions, baked chicken breast, boiled egg, plus a delicious spicy mayo dressing that brings this salad to a whole new level!
I know we all love chicken salad sandwich and classic chicken salad, but this Chicken Salad With Mayo recipe will make you love this new variation of chicken salad even more. It’s delicious even without the bread, because who needs the bad carbs when you have a bowl full of goodies like this one, right?
This homemade chicken salad is a very simple and easy go-to lunch for your week busy days, but it’s awesome for potlucks and picnics on the weekend! And you can use leftover chicken to make your life even easier.
I love making chicken salad since it’s such a filling but light meal like my Easy Chopped Chicken Salad.
Chicken Salad Ingredients:
What I love about this easy chicken salad recipe is the fact that you can use whatever you have in your kitchen. I added lots of veggies that made this salad super nutritious.
- Lettuce – Boston lettuces, romaine lettuces, kale, spinach or arugula (whatever is your jam)
- Cherry tomatoes or any other kind of tomatoes you prefer.
- Red onions
- Green onions for garnish
- Cooked chicken breast
- Boiled egg
- Homemade mayo, hot sauce (my secret ingredient) and lime juice for the sauce (Yum!!!). If you don’t want to use mayo, you can replace it with Greek yogurt.
- Optional: chopped nuts such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, celery and even grapes
How to make This Chicken Salad Recipe
This chicken salad recipe is so simple to make and in less than 20 minutes all will be ready for you to dig in.
- First, if you are not using leftover chicken to make this salad, you can season chicken breast with your favorite spices and bake at 425˚F for 18-20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then slice it. Set aside.
- Second, in a saucepot bring water to a boil and add egg. It should be fine in 5 minutes or so. It’ll depend on how hard you want the yolk to be.
- While egg is boiling, chop/slice all the veggies (cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onions) and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together mayo, Sriracha, lime juice, and salt/pepper. Then, taste to check the seasoning. Set aside. This dressing is fantastic and adds so much creaminess to the salad. Optional: a 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard to this dressing for an extra flavor.
- In a large bowl, add lettuces and all the veggies. Top with chicken and egg. Pour the dressing all over the salad and enjoy!
If you have some fresh herbs such as fresh dill on hand, chop some and garnish your salad with them.
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- This chicken salad recipe is very flexible! That means you can really incorporate any type of greens preferred. Use one variety or mix and match some of your favorites. Options include: bed of lettuce such as red leaf, romaine, iceberg lettuce, butter lettuce, bok choy, spinach, kale and arugula.
- Simple ingredients such as red onion, cucumber and cherry tomatoes are my go-to veggies for this salad. Feel free to add or substitute vegetables as you please. Try broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, radishes, cauliflower and more!
- I find this salad to be most enjoyable when I take additional time to cut everything up into nice, small, bite-sized pieces. It’s totally worth it because you’ll get a little bit of everything in each bite, and it really doesn’t take that much longer.
- If desired, you can use light sour cream or Greek yogurt for your dressing (rather than mayonnaise). This substitution is great if you don’t love mayo, but it’s also nice if you’re just looking to cut back on calories.
How to cook chicken for chicken salad?
So many times when I make this Chicken Salad With Mayo recipe, I use leftover chicken from a rotisserie chicken, or from whatever favourite baked chicken dish I have.
But if I want to make something fresh, I always bake two chicken breasts with lots of spices to add more flavor, at 425˚F for about 18 minutes.
Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the breast. This Baked Chicken Breast recipe has all the instructions you need to make the juiciest chicken breast ever. I also love using this Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Breast in place of my chicken breasts here.
How To Store Leftovers
- Place leftover chicken salad recipe in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Be sure and store the dressing separately to avoid sogginess.
- Chicken salad recipes aren’t really good for freezing. You can, however, separate and freeze leftover chicken for up to 3 months!
More Chicken Salad Recipes
In the mood for chicken salad? I have so many options! You can’t go wrong with any of the following:
- Quinoa Chicken Salad
- Pesto Chicken Salad Recipe
- Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad
- Chimichurri Chicken Chopped Salad
- Greek Chicken Salad Bowls
- Grilled Chicken Cabbage Salad
Frequently Asked Questions:
In my opinion, one of the most important parts of making a good salad is cutting all ingredients up nice and small! It might sound silly, but if you take some extra time to chop veggies into bite-sized pieces, you’ll get a little bit of everything in each bite! Plus, this makes salad more enjoyable because it’s easier to eat.
My simple chicken salad recipe includes a fabulous, homemade spicy mayo dressing that is to die for! But chicken salad is really versatile and you can totally use any dressing you prefer. So, feel free to experiment and try different options if you want to.
Absolutely! Pretty much any alternate protein will work. You can use salmon, tilapia, shrimp, bacon, bacon bits, steak, shredded beef or even pulled pork. I love making this salad after we barbecue because it’s a great way to use up extra meat.
Add fresh herbs, season well with your favorite spices, salt and pepper to taste and add lots of the spicy Mayo dressing. You can also add some dried cranberries for extra flavor.
Want another easy dinner recipe? Try my Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breast or Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Lettuce Wraps. They’re so quick and easy to make!
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Chicken Salad with Spicy Mayo Dressing
For the Salad
- 4 cups lettuce — chopped
- 1 cup cucumber — sliced
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes — sliced
- ½ cup red onions — sliced
- 1 medium baked chicken breast.
- 1 boiled egg
For the dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise I used homemade mayo
- 2 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce or any other hot sauce you prefer
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- In a large salad bowl, add first the lettuce, and then top it with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onions, baked chicken breast and boiled egg.
- In a small bowl, mix together mayo, Sriracha, lemon juice, and salt/pepper. Then, taste to check the seasoning and pour over the salad. Enjoy!
- The nutrition information was calculated using only 1/4 cup of the spicy mayo sauce.
- You can use any type of lettuce such as Boston lettuces, romaine lettuces, kale, spinach, or even arugula.
- Use different veggies if you’d like!
- Make sure to cut everything into bite-sized pieces so you can have a bit of everything in one bite.
- Use Greek yogurt as a substitute for mayonnaise, if desired.
- To store: Store the dressing in a separate container to avoid the salad getting soggy. Everything will keep for up to 4 days.
- To freeze: I don’t recommend freezing the salad but you can freeze the chicken for up to 3 months.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.
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