Chicken salads are the main dish of choice during the hot summer months. They are quick and easy to make, inexpensive, and the variety of textures and flavors you can create is almost unlimited. And these quick chicken salads are the best of the best.
Start by learning how to cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts, the most commonly used form of chicken for main dish salads. Or you can buy fully-cooked chicken strips and cubes in the meat aisle of the supermarket. I myself prefer to use rotisserie chickens purchased at the grocery store. They are very tender and flavorful, and so easy to use. Just take the meat off the bones, cube, and add to the recipe. These salads are also a great use for leftover chicken or canned chicken.
Enjoy these satisfying, quick and easy recipes. Make one and keep it in the fridge; then whenever anyone is hungry, they can dig in!
Quick Chicken Salad Recipes
- Mexican Chicken Salad
I love the flavors and textures of this gorgeous salad. Put out lots of toppings so each person can make their own masterpiece.
- Easiest Chicken Salad
You can vary this incredibly quick salad any way you'd like. Use different prepared veggies, use lemon instead of honey mustard; it's up to you!
- Couscous Chicken Salad
Couscous is the perfect complement to tender chicken, dried apricots, and toasted almonds. This fragrant recipe is fabulous.
- Curried Chicken Pasta Salad
I love this recipe so much; it's one of my favorite chicken salad recipes of all time. The combination of curry, chicken, pasta, grapes, and celery is just perfect.
- Chicken Club Pasta Salad
If you love club sandwiches, this is the chicken salad for you!
- Chicken Pesto Spinach Salad
Spinach is blended with pesto to cut fat and calories and to keep the pesto bright green. It's a great way to get your kids to eat more greens without them even knowing about it!
- Chicken Crisp Salad
Chow mein noodles are the surprise ingredient in this wonderful salad that's full of juicy watermelon.
- Blueberry Chicken Salad
Chicken combines with everything, and blueberries are no exception. This gorgeous salad is so tasty.
- Chicken Tortellini Salad
Havarti cheese, fresh basil leaves, and green beans combined with tortellini and chicken make this easy salad recipe wonderful.
- Individual Layered Salads
This is the salad my mother packed in my lunch box when I was young. It's perfect for your child's lunch box too!
- Chicken Melon Salad
And finally, cantaloupe, pasta, and a strawberry yogurt dressing make this chicken salad simply perfect.