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Chicken Apple Salad (Without Mayo or Dairy)

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Bursting with crunchy veggies and an easy, flavorful dressing, this healthy chicken apple salad is made without mayo or dairy, and makes the perfect make-ahead salad or meal on the go. Simple to make and oh-so satisfying, you’ll want to make this one again and again!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword chicken apple salad, chicken salad, dairy free chicken salad, mayo free chicken salad
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4
Calories 329


For the vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey optional
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot very thinly sliced

For the chicken salad

  • 2 cups chopped apple from about 2 medium apples
  • 2 cups chopped celery from about 8-10 stalks
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts or thighs from Garlic Rosemary Roasted Chicken or store-bought rotisserie
  • cup chopped roasted salted cashews
  • 4 cups arugula or spinach optional


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mustard, honey, salt, vinegar, and olive oil until well combined.
  • Add the shallot, stir and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add the apple, celery, cooked chicken, and cashews, stirring until well combined.
  • Serve over greens if you like.


Nutrition information calculated using chicken breasts, cashews, honey and arugula.
Pecans or roasted almonds would be a nice substitute for cashews. Or leave them out altogether for a nut-free version.
Omit the honey for a low sugar, low carb, and Whole30 friendly option.
For more ingredients & modifications, see the full blog post above.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 468mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg