This Chicken Salad with Red Grapes and Walnuts has the perfect blend of tender rotisserie chicken, crunchy walnuts, and succulent grapes.
It is our favorite refreshing sandwich, wrap, or slider. We actually eat it year-round!
Rotisserie Chicken Salad Recipe
Nothing says summer is better than cool and creamy chicken salad.
I love this version for two reasons: the combination of the sweet grapes with the savory chicken is delicious, and I also like the added crunch from the celery and walnuts.
This salad is great to serve at brunch or a luncheon. We also love having a bowl of chicken salad in the fridge during the summer when it’s nice to eat something on the lighter side that’s also chilled.
Things to Love
- It’s refreshing.
- It keeps well in the fridge, making it easy to grab when you need lunch or a snack.
- It’s delicious on buns, bread, or a low-carb option wrapped in a lettuce leaf.
- The grapes compliment the chicken, while the celery and walnuts add a great crunch.
- Chicken. You’ll need four cups of cooked, chopped chicken. Use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery to keep it super easy and fast.
- Celery, red grapes, toasted walnuts, scallions. These ingredients give great crunch and texture to the chicken salad. Don’t skip the crunch! You can substitute green grapes and toasted pecans if you prefer.
- Plain Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, honey. This lower-fat chicken salad dressing is forgiving. You can use all plain Greek yogurt or all mayonnaise to make this dressing or a combination of both. No lemon juice on hand? Substitute cider vinegar.
How to Make Chicken Salad in 3 Easy Steps
Make the dressing by combining the mayonnaise, plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and zest, and honey; season to taste with salt and pepper.
In a mixing bowl, place the cooked, chopped chicken, red grapes, celery, scallions, and walnuts; pour the dressing over the top, tossing all to combine.
Place the chicken salad onto buns or into lettuce leaves and serve!
Can you freeze chicken salad?
No. Upon thawing, the chicken salad would be a soggy mess.
You can freeze chopped chicken so that when you’re ready to make chicken salad, just thaw it and stir in the other ingredients and dressing.
How long will chicken salad last in the fridge?
This chicken salad is good for up to 3 days. Store it in an airtight container and give it a quick stir each time you get ready to serve some up.
Is this a low-carb recipe?
It can be! If you are eating low-carb, a lettuce leaf filled with Chicken Salad with Red Grapes and Walnuts is just delish. Pay attention to your other ingredients and swap them out if you can find a lower-carb option.
Is this recipe still tasty without the nuts?
The walnuts give extra crunch and texture, but you can leave them out if you worry about a nut allergy in your group.
Or, if you don’t have walnuts on hand, you can substitute pecans or almonds. You could also increase the amount of celery for more crunch and texture if you have to leave out the nuts.
Can I use cooked chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?
Yesssss! I’ve gotten to where I PREFER using chicken thighs in many recipes that call for cooked chicken meat. I’m finding the dark meat to be much more flavorful and moist and quicker to cook because it’s a smaller cut of poultry.
Can chicken salad be made with shredded cooked chicken instead of chopped cooked chicken?
Good question. If you prefer the texture of shredded chicken over chunks of chopped chicken, that works just fine, especially if you use the chicken salad with croissants or wrapped up in a lettuce leaf.
Can I make chicken salad with rotisserie chicken?
Yep. If you are short on time a rotisserie chicken makes this salad even quicker and easier.
What to serve with Chicken Salad
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- Summer Corn Salad
- Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Corn and Basil
- Crunchy Corn Salad
- Sweet Corn and Baby Pea Salad with Jicama
- Delta Cornbread Salad
- Grandma Lucille’s German Potato Salad
- Classic Macaroni Salad
- Ham Salad
- Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Broccoli Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
- BLT Pasta Salad (Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Pasta Salad)
Chicken Salad with Red Grapes and Walnuts
- 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt, may substitute sour cream
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbs. agave nectar or honey
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 cups diced cooked chicken
- 1 cup seedless red grapes, sliced in half lengthwise
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 3 ribs celery, diced
- ½ cup walnut pieces, toasted
- Green leaf lettuce, washed and patted dry
- mini croissants, slider buns, or cocktail buns
- Make a dressing from the yogurt, mayo, lemon zest, lemon juice, and agave nectar; season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Stir in chicken, grapes, scallions, celery, and walnuts.
- Serve chicken salad wrapped in lettuce leaves, on croissants or slider buns, as desired.
- Serves 8
- Chicken salad will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
- You may substitute green grapes for red grapes and also pecans or almonds for the walnuts.
- If you prefer, you can use chopped chicken thighs instead of chopped chicken breasts for this chicken salad.