Healthy Chicken Salad with Grapes and Walnuts

This Healthy Chicken Salad with Grapes is delicious and so easy to make. Start with a rotisserie chicken, add some crunchy walnuts & celery, sweeten it with grapes & toss with some light mayo. Simply put it all in a chopper or food processor and lunch is on the table in less than 15 minutes.

Healthy Chicken Salad with Grapes on white platter overhead

Chicken Salad with Grapes and Walnuts

Chicken Salads are always a light and easy lunch or snack which I love to have on hand during the summer. This recipe uses rotisserie chicken to get it on the table fast and there’s no need to even turn on the oven.

I have to say that sometimes chopping all the ingredients for a salad recipe is just too much extra work. The great part about this chicken salad is no chopping needed, I just put it all in my trusty Ninja Express food chopper. And, if you’re like me, just the thought of not having to chop onions gets me excited. lol 

Closeup of mounded chicken salad on white platter with grapes and cucumber slices.

Not only is it easy to make but healthy too! The chicken delivers its lean protein, the nuts rich antioxidants, the grapes lend a sweetness and plenty of fiber, vitamins and fiber and it’s all held together by a light mayonnaise. You can also opt to use either plain Greek yogurt or avocado for a less calorie, saturated fat alternative.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Chicken Salad Recipe

What type of chicken is best to use to make this salad?

I like to use a rotisserie chicken to make this as quick as possible. You can also use leftover chicken or canned chicken. As to the type of meat, white or dark or even a combination of the two is fine.

How long will this salad last?

This chicken salad will keep 3-4 days in the refrigerator, tightly covered.

Can I freeze this salad?

I don’t recommend freezing this due to the mayonnaise separating from the salad during the thawing process.

Tips to Make This Chicken Salad Your Own

  • Don’t like grapes? Try subbing apples, pineapple, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries or cherries.
  • Walnuts not on your favorite list? Pecans and sliced almonds pair just as well with chicken.
  • No big on mayonnaise or want to cut calories. Try using a mashed avocado or plain Greek yogurt.
  • Like a little spice in your life? Add a dash of garlic powder or cayenne or throw in some jalapenos or pickles.

Easy Steps to Make Healthy Chicken Salad with Grapes

Ingredients for making salad.

Gather all ingredients – chicken, celery, onions, walnuts, grapes and mayonnaise.

Prep steps for making healthy chicken salad.

  1. Place all ingredients except mayonnaise into food chopper of food processor. (photo 1)
  2. Blend until smooth. (photo 2)
  3. Place in bowl and add mayonnaise. (photo 3)
  4. Stir until smooth and all ingredients are moist. (photo 4)

Ideas for Serving Healthy Chicken Salad

  • Use a whole wheat or rye bread and make a sandwich with lettuce and tomato.

Closeup of chicken salad sandwich on white plate.

  • Serve over greens for a light lunch.
  • Plate as an appetizer with crackers.
  • Keep it low carb and wrap it with a lettuce leaf.

Bite of chicken salad with grapes on fork.

This salad was a big hit with the hubs and I’m definitely making it again soon.  I like to serve it on lettuce with sides of grapes and some cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumber. Enjoy!

More Lunch or Light Dinner Salad Options

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Peach Basil Chicken Salad from An Affair From the Heart

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HEALTHY CHICKEN SALAD with GRAPES and WALNUTS
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This healthy chicken salad that is easy to make and perfect for summer. Start with rotisserie chicken, add some crunchy nuts & sweeten it with grapes. On the table in 15 minutes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: chicken salad with grapes, chicken salad with grapes and walnuts, healthy chicken salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 369 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, roughly chopped (rotisserie chickens work great)
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 4 lengths
  • 1/4 cup onions, roughly chopped or broken up
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup red grapes
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in your chopper or food processor, celery on bottom and grapes on top and chop in quick bursts until your desired consistency is reached.
Recipe Notes

Tips to Make This Chicken Salad Your Own

  • Don't like grapes? Try subbing apples, pineapple, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries or cherries.
  • Walnuts not on your favorite list? Pecans and sliced almonds pair just as well with chicken.
  • No big on mayonnaise or want to cut calories. Try using a mashed avocado or plain Greek yogurt.
  • Like a little spice in your life? Add a dash of garlic powder or cayenne or throw in some jalapenos or pickles.
Nutrition Facts
HEALTHY CHICKEN SALAD with GRAPES and WALNUTS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 239mg10%
Potassium 257mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 92IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been updated with new photos and step-by-step instructions to help you in the kitchen. It was first published on January 6, 2016.

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This Healthy Chicken Salad with Grapes is delicious and so easy to make. Start with a rotisserie chicken, add some crunchy walnuts & celery, sweeten it with grapes & toss with some light mayo. Simply put it all in a chopper or food processor and lunch is on the table in less than 15 minutes. #salad #chickensalad #rotisseriechicken #healthy #lunch #easy #summer #recipe #withgrapes #walnuts #lowcarb #glutenfree

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