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Beat-the-Heat Low-Carb Chicken Salads

Beat-the-Heat Low-Carb Chicken Salads can help you keep your kitchen cool, especially if you use leftover rotisserie chicken to make these tasty salads!

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I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’m going to start sharing recipe favorites from the archives on Friday and move Low-Carb Recipe Round-Ups to Saturday morning, and I might not do a round-up post every single week if I’m working on my bucket list! But this weekend I’m sharing Beat-the-Heat Low-Carb Chicken Salads, and this collection of cold chicken salad has some recipes that are repeaters at my house.

Leftover rotisserie chicken is an ingredient that often inspires me to create new salads, and many of these Low-Carb Chicken Salads are favorite salads I make over and over during the summer. 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 this post with some really WOW chicken salads I’ve made recently; hope you enjoy at least a few of the tasty salads from this collection! 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.

Low-Carb Chicken Salad with Olives and Peas

This Low-Carb Chicken Pesto Salad with Olives and Peas is so tasty that after I made it for the blog, I made it right away just to have in the fridge for myself!

20 Low-Carb Beat-the-Heat Chicken Salads from Rotisserie Chicken found on KalynsKitchen.com

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 Low-Carb 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.)

20 Low-Carb Beat-the-Heat Chicken Salads to Make from Rotisserie Chicken found on KalynsKitchen.com

Chicken Salad with Mustard, Hearts of Palm, and Olives uses hearts of palm, one of my favorite summer ingredients!

Low-Carb Curried Chicken Salad with Asparagus and Pine Nuts

When we made this Low-Carb Curried Chicken Salad with Asparagus and Pine Nuts 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!

Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes

Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes is a salad that will be an absolute WOW for anyone who loves arugula.

20 Low-Carb Beat-the-Heat Chicken Salads from Rotisserie Chicken found on KalynsKitchen.com

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

20 Low-Carb Beat-the-Heat Chicken Salads from Rotisserie Chicken found on KalynsKitchen.com

Red Cabbage and Chicken Asian Salad with Tangy Cilantro Dressing is a recipe I thought was so challenging to photograph, but the flavors were amazing in this salad!

Low-Carb Greek Peperoncini Chicken Salad

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

Low-Carb Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Low-Carb Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing is so spicy and good and this is super quick and easy to make!

More Recipes for Low-Carb Chicken Salad:

Asian Spinach Salad with Chicken, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Almonds
Chicken and Broccoli Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing
Chicken and Cabbage Salad with Mustard and Celery Seeds
Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Salad with Indian Spices
Leftover Chicken Chopped Salad with Red Peppers, Olives, and Feta
Sandee’s Sensational Asian Salad with Chicken and Cabbage
Low-Carb Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives
Leftover Chicken Low-Carb Asian Chopped Salad
Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Chicken and Cilantro
Spicy Chicken Salad with Sugar Snap Peas, Cucumber, and Red Bell Pepper
Chicken Pesto Zucchini Noodle Salad
Spicy Cabbage Slaw with Chicken and Cilantro

Do you have a favorite low-carb chicken salad recipe? Tell us about it in the comments!

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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!

  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?


  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 🙂