8 Best Keto Chicken Salad Recipes
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Many people think of salads as nothing more than a ‘diet food’. But believe it or not, it’s definitely possible to make a delicious and completely satisfying salad for lunch when you’re on the keto diet as well. The key is to just make sure you include a solid source of protein and some healthy fats as well.
One of my favorite ways to make salads that are keto-friendly is by making chicken salads. I go through a crazy amount of chicken on a weekly basis as it is, so making chicken salads that are keto-friendly is a great way for me to make sure I’m eating plenty of healthy green veggies as well.
If you’d like to start making your chicken salads keto style, then this list of the 8 best keto chicken salad recipes is just the thing you’re looking for.
What better way to kick this list off than by sharing a fantastic recipe for a keto chicken salad that includes two of my favorite keto foods in general -- avocado and bacon! In addition to those two, you’re also getting plenty of protein from the chicken breasts and even a good amount of fiber and antioxidants from using celery. This is one keto salad that really does have it all -- a ton of protein and healthy fats along with low carb veggies.
#2 Low Carb Chicken Salad
As much as I enjoy boneless skinless chicken breasts, sometimes I get a craving for a juicier cut of meat. Chicken thighs are great for when that happens, especially when they’re used to make this low carb chicken salad recipe. Made with some tasty green ingredients that pair wonderfully with keto-friendly options like sour cream and mayo (check out our keto mayo recipes!), this is one keto salad that will fill you up for sure.
#3 Avocado Chicken Salad (Low Carb, Keto)
While I’m not against using homemade keto mayo in my chicken salads, it’s definitely optional. The good news is that it’s so easy to replace -- just use avocado for a perfectly creamy substitute that also adds a good mix of heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. That’s exactly what this salad recipe does. You’re getting protein from chicken, healthy fats from the avocado, and a great mix of essential vitamins and minerals from the other ingredients like celery, cilantro, and onion.
#4 Keto Grilled Chicken Salad
This next recipe is basically a combination of a classic cobb salad and bacon pasta (if you were to leave out the creamy sauce). Using a mix of grilled chicken thighs and bacon, you end up with a tasty salad that offers 14 grams of fat, 12 grams of protein, and only a single gram of net carbs per serving. And just wait until you try out the homemade dressing that’s made with lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and keto-friendly mayo!
#5 Keto Chicken Salad with Avocado
When you need to make a lunch that will satisfy your hunger, this keto chicken salad recipe with a creamy avocado dressing should be one of your go to options. It offers an immense amount of flavor along with a ton of protein and healthy fats backing it up that help to make this one salad that definitely won’t leave you feeling hungry when you’re done eating it.
#6 Easy Keto Low Carb Chicken Salad Recipe
I’m a big fan of this next recipe largely because it’s an incredibly easy chicken salad to prepare. Don’t let the simplicity fool you though -- this is still one keto salad recipe that delivers in a big way! You can use either pulled or shredded chicken, keto-friendly mayo, mustard, and a great mix of herbs that includes fresh dill, parsley, garlic, and onion.
#7 Keto Chicken Salad
This salad recipe takes all of your favorite classic salad ingredients like cucumber, lettuce, and tomato and then mixes in your choice of chicken legs or thighs along with a ton of flavorful keto-friendly ingredients. You’ll be mixing in everything from full fat Greek yogurt to butter and even a bit of bacon fat for frying. The end result is a delicious and nutritious salad that makes for a perfect lunch to take on the go with you.
#8 Keto Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps Recipe
To finish our keto chicken salad recipes off, I thought I would include something a little bit different than the rest of the entries so far. This particular recipe makes a flavorful chicken salad that you can use with lettuce wraps to make one tasty meal for lunch indeed. It also includes one of my all-time favorite chicken marinades -- salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil!
A Mix of Tasty Salads That Will Crush Hunger Pangs
It’s amazing how making even just a few simple tweaks to some classic salad recipes can transform them into incredibly satisfying meals that will leave you feeling full and energized for hours. I’ve personally tried out each and every one of these 8 keto chicken salad recipes and can vouch for all of them. Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit though either -- many of these salad recipes would be just as good with slices of steak instead of chicken!