I have a confession. I have never been a fan of chicken salad. I don’t know what it is but it’s never been one of my faves. I used to skip over it any time it was offered. More recently I started using canned chicken as a protein source during the day and for after workouts. It started to grow on me so I decided to try my hand at my own chicken salad. Lo and behold, I didn’t hate it. Actually, I loved it. So here we are today with this super simple chicken salad. When I say super simple, I mean super simple. Besides prepping by chopping the onion and celery, there are only 2 steps in this whole recipe.
There are so many different versions of chicken salad and ultimately it depends on your preferences. Like anything in life right? A lot of the chicken salad recipes I was exposed to had chopped grapes or apples and for some reason that just didn’t do it for me. I can handle something like dried cranberries in the chicken salad for a little sweetness and additional texture. Since I am currently doing a round of Whole30, I needed to find compliant ingredients. Dried cranberries without added sugar were hard to find so I decided to throw some pomegranate seeds for garnish instead. It gave me a little burst of flavor while staying compliant. Also, it just kind of looks like Christmas and that makes me happy. Pecans or walnuts are also a great addition for a little extra crunch!
One of the other things I had to search around for was compliant canned chicken. Many contained food starches. The organic version from Nature Valley was ultimately the one I went with. Trader Joe’s also has a compliant version, just not organic in nature but when you’re doing Whole30 organic is recommended but not necessarily required so go with cheap & easy if ya need to!
Speaking of easy, this chicken salad is perfect for a quick meal prep. It’s one of those things I don’t worry about getting together on Sunday because it’s so easy to throw together the night before. It tastes best to me when it’s had at least one night to fully sit so the flavors mix together.
- 2 cans organic canned chicken (I used Nature Valley) or shredded chicken
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup compliant mayo (I used Primal Kitchen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo)
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 Tbsp chopped dill
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pomegranate seeds for garnish
- In a large bowl, add canned chicken breaking up the larger pieces with a fork
- Add all other ingredients and mix well
- Serve on top of the lettuce of your choice and enjoy!