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Beat-the-Heat Low-Carb Chicken Salads

Here are 24 Beat-the-Heat Low-Carb Chicken Salads that can help you keep your kitchen cool, especially if you use leftover chicken! 

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Beat-the-Heat Low-Carb Chicken Salads collage of featured recipes

Today I’m sharing Beat-the-Heat Low-Carb Chicken Salads, and this collection of cold chicken salad recipes has some that are definitely favorites at my house. And there are more than 24 delicious salad ideas here to help when it’s just too hot outside to want anything but cold food! Leftover rotisserie chicken is an ingredient that often inspires me to create new salads and now I love to buy the already cooked and cut up rotisserie breast that comes in a package at Costco, which makes this kind of salad even easier. 

All of these salads are easy enough you can make them on a hot summer day when you don’t really want to cook! I’ve updated the post with some amazing chicken salads I’ve made recently; hope you enjoy trying at least a few of the tasty salads! And try to stay cool if you’re in the U.S.!

Tips for Tasty Low-Carb Chicken Salad:

  1. If you shop at Costco, look for their already cooked-and cut-up packages of rotisserie chicken to make chicken salad prep even easier!
  2. If you have time, marinating the cut-up chicken in dressing for 20-30 minutes before you stir the salad together will add flavor to chicken salads.
  3. Most every type of chicken salad can keep in the fridge for a few days, but for best flavor I like to have a little extra dressing to stir in to refresh the flavors when I’m eating the leftovers.

Close-up photo for Low-Carb Chicken Pesto Salad with Olives and Peas

Chicken Pesto Salad is so tasty that after I made it for the blog, I made again it right away just to have in the fridge for myself!

Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro finished salad in serving bowl

Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro is a salad recipe that’s been hugely popular on the blog. If you’re not a cilantro fan, substitute thinly sliced green onion and this will still be delicious.

Low-Carb Chicken Salad with Avocado, Radishes, and Lime

When I decided to re-visit an old salad recipe that had black beans, this Chicken Salad with Avocado, Radishes, and Lime was the happy result. (There’s also a link to the version with black beans if you like the sound of that.)

Chicken Salad with Mustard, Hearts of Palm, and Olives top photo of finished salad

Chicken Salad with Hearts of Palm uses hearts of palm, which are definitely one of my favorite summer ingredients!

Chicken Salad with Green Olives close-up photo of finished salad

Green olive fans are going to swoon over this tasty Chicken Salad with Green Olives!

Low-Carb Curried Chicken Salad with Asparagus and Pine Nuts found on KalynsKitchen.com

When we made this Curried Chicken Salad we went absolutely crazy over this recipe, and if you like asparagus and curry (and who doesn’t love pine nuts?) you’re also going to love this salad!

Low-Carb Chicken Salad with Basil and Parmesan found on KalynsKitchen.com

Nothing says summer to me like fresh basil, and I absolutely love the flavors in this Chicken Salad with Basil.

Tarragon Chicken Salad close-up of finished salad in bowl

I’m crazy about the flavor of fresh tarragon, and this Tarragon Chicken Salad is absolutely a wow!

Low-Carb Greek Peperoncini Chicken Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

I absolutely love spicy Greek Peperoncini, and they add such a nice zing to this Greek Peperoncini Chicken Salad.

Low-Carb Chicken Cabbage Salad with Mustard and Celery Seed close-up photo

My love for cabbage salads is pretty obvious, and I love this Chicken Cabbage Salad with Mustard when I have leftover chicken and cabbage in the fridge.

More Low-Carb Chicken Salads:

Asian Spinach Salad with Chicken
Lettuce-Free Keto Cobb Salad
Chicken and Broccoli Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing
Chicken Salad with Indian Spices
Chopped Salad with Chicken, Peppers, Olives, and Feta
Sandee’s Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad
Red Cabbage and Chicken Asian Salad
Asian Chopped Chicken Salad
Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Chicken
Spicy Chicken Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing
Zucchini Noodle Salad with Pesto and Chicken
Spicy Cabbage Slaw with Chicken and Cilantro
Baby Arugula Salad with Chicken, Mozzarella, and Tomatoes
Southwest Chicken Salad

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    10 Comments on “Beat-the-Heat Low-Carb Chicken Salads”

  1. I can.ot find your recipe of chi ken avacado salad with cilantro n lime juiice made with cottage cheese and greek yogurt instead of mayo. Please help.thank you.

    • You must be thinking of another blog; I don’t have a recipe like that. If it was featured on a round-up post on my site, you could try entering the ingredients into the search bar, but I can’t think of a salad like that which I am aware of.

  2. Kalyn, I love the convenience of using rotisserie chicken and use it in my chicken salad recipe all of the time. It's a great time-saver and sure beats heating up a kitchen more than necessary in the summer. Have a great Independence Day/4th of July!
    Roz

  3. Karen, cilantro stems are used in recipes a lot in some Asian countries, but for salads or Mexican dishes I cut off the stems from the whole bunch, just below where the leaves start, and then chop the rest. So there's some stems in the chopped part, but not the thickest lower stems.

  4. I was looking at some of the recipes that called for fresh cilantro, and have a question… how do you prep it? Chop stems and all? Or pluck leaves and toss stems?

    Thanks.
    Karen

  5. Cathi, so glad it was useful for you!

  6. Thanks for sharing these great recipe ideas. Cooking nutritious meals that don't take too much time to prepare is important when you are trying to lose weight or just stay in shape. Eating healthy should be simple and accessible to everyone, and recipes using rotisserie chicken left overs can't get any easier!

  7. Thanks Kiran; so glad you like the ideas.

  8. Wow! Every salad is so distinct and filled with summery colors and flavors!! Everything is more delicious with leftover rotisserie chicken 🙂