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Plate with classic gluten free and paleo chicken salad on a white countertop with grapes, parsley, and an apple

Classic Chicken Salad (Paleo & Low Carb)

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  • Author: Chelsea Joy
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Classic chicken salad makes a perfect quick lunch or no-cook dinner! Start with 3/4 cup mayo and add more to suit your tastes. I forgo the celery in favor of chopped green apple, but if you can't have chicken salad without the celery, finely dice 1 small stalk and add it in!


  • 2 cups leftover roasted chicken, cubed
  • 1 cup green apples, chopped
  • 1 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 to 1 cup mayonaisse 


  1. Combine the chicken, apples, grapes, green onions, cilantro, parsley, slivered almonds, red onion, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add 3/4 cup mayo and stir until completely combined. Add more mayo to suit your tastes. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.