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Overhead view of a bowl of classic chicken salad with grapes in a white bowl with a white dish towel next to it.

Classic Chicken Salad

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 5 cups chicken salad 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Classic Chicken Salad – This chicken salad with grapes is my favorite chicken salad recipe EVER! It comes together in no time and tastes amazing. (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30-Friendly!) 


  • 1 lb. cooked chicken breast, cubed or shredded (about 33 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup grapes, halved or quartered
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds*
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1/31/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 23 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1/41/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/41/2 tsp. salt
  • 12 Tbsp. fresh herbs (optional), such as chives, parsley, dill, or tarragon


  1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, grapes, celery, almonds, green onion, 1/3 cup mayo, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. pepper, and 1/4 tsp. salt.
  2. Use a spatula or fork to stir the mixture until it’s well combined. Taste and add additional mayo, lemon juice, salt, or pepper, as desired.
  3. Garnish with fresh herbs, if using.


*OTHER NUTS TO TRY: cashews, macadamia nuts, walnuts, or pecans. I suggest toasted or roasted/salted nuts for the best flavor.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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