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Low-Carb Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives

This Low-Carb Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives is beautifully red-and-green for a Christmas salad and it’s low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and easy to make! The trick that makes this salad over-the-top good is adding a little green olive brine to the dressing. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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I first made this colorful Low-Carb Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives when I had leftover rotisserie chicken, but since then I’ve made it three more times, adjusting the recipe a little bit each time to get a combination that’s just right. The salad has just enough red and green that you could serve it as a Christmas salad, especially plated with dishes that bring out the red and green colors in the salad. And if you’re getting tired of sweets and want a savory dish for a holiday pot-luck, this might be just the thing.

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Shred apart the chicken, chop the celery, and slice the green olives and green onion. If you have large green olives, they’ll look prettier in the salad.

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Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Toss together the chicken, celery, and green onion and toss with the dressing. Then carefully stir in the sliced green olives and serve. This will keep in the fridge for several days, but you may not have any leftovers!

More Tasty Salad Recipes with Chicken:

Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Layered Salad ~ Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen
Low-Carb Rotisserie Chicken Christmas Salad with Red Pepper, Avocado, and Lime ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Southwestern Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry
Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Buffalo Rotisserie Chicken Salad ~ Aggie’s Kitchen

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Low-Carb Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives

This Low-Carb Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives is beautifully red-and-green for a Christmas salad and it’s easy to make!


  • 2-3 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded into bite-sized pieces (you can cook 2 chicken breasts following the instructions below)
  • 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks celery)
  • 1 cup large green olives with pimento, sliced into crosswise slices
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (or less if you’re not that fond of green onion)
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup light mayo
  • 2 tsp. green olive brine (liquid from the jar)
  • 2 tsp. fresh or frozen lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. celery seed (optional, but good)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (I didn’t use much salt because the olives are salty)


  1. If you’re cooking chicken breasts to make this salad, trim all fat and tendons from two chicken breasts.
  2. Put  them in a small pan with enough water to cover, bring to a low simmer and cook about 15 minutes, or until chicken feels firm to the touch.
  3. Let chicken cool in the water, then drain.
  4. Use your fingers to shred enough cooked chicken breast to make 2-3 cups.  (I like to cut the chicken breasts into long strips and then shred the strips apart.)
  5. Slice olives and green onions and chop celery.
  6. Combine mayo, light mayo, green olive brine, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, celery seed, salt and pepper and use a whisk to mix together.
  7. In a medium-sized bowl, combine chicken pieces, diced celery and sliced green onions.
  8. Stir in enough dressing to moisten all the ingredients.  (You may not need all the dressing, especially if you only have 2 cups of chicken pieces.)
  9. Then gently fold in green olives, mixing just enough to distribute them among the other ingredients.
  10. Serve immediately or chill slightly.
  11. This will keep in the fridge for a few days, although you might not have any leftovers!


Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything here is a low-carb ingredient, and green olives have much less fat than black ones, so this salad may be more healthful than it seems at first glance. I used a combination of regular and light mayo, which would be best for the South Beach Diet, but for other low-carb diets you can use any mayo you prefer.

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52 comments on “Low-Carb Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives”

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  2. This seems like a lunch or side dish from what I gather.
    Any suggestions on how to best make this a main meal?

    • I’d make a meal out of this, but maybe that’s just me. If you’re talking about something to add to make it a main dish meal, I’m not sure about that. But you could eat it inside low-carb pita bread, or just serve another veggie salad on the side. I am a fan of arugula, so I would love this with My Favorite Baby Arugula Salad. Other than that I am not coming up with ideas to bulk up the salad.

  3. Kalyn, I love your take on chicken salad!! Pinning now.

  4. Hi Kayln! I noticed on one of the comments someone referenced a book and because I just discovered you a few days ago I was so seeing what book she referred to and if there was a diet or eating plan also???
    The chicken salad was awesome as I expected and a real keeper and I added lots of olives. Thanks again.

  5. Wow, looking yummy, will surely try it,thanks for sharing 🙂 do visit my blog too for more yummy recipes

  6. We love chicken salad, so this is a lovely 'side dish' which I'll definitely make sometime soon. I however, usually make chicken salad for sandwiches….which I serve on croissants – w/butter lettuce. Your recipe sounds scrumptious, so I'll definitely give it a try. I'll chop everything a bit finer (for the sandwich filling), and I'll also add in about 1 Tbsp. of finely sliced green onions (or very finely diced sweet onion) into it. Even 1 Tbsp. of finely chopped (fresh) Italian parsley wouldn't hurt this recipe a bit. I was happy to read that my family and I are not the only ones who love olives, since I use olives pretty liberally in many of my dishes.

    • I love olives in anything, so you're not alone! The recipe does have 1/2 cup of thinly sliced green onion, not sure if you noticed that. But there are endless ways to adapt this I'm sure.

  7. This sounds awesome and will make it tomorrow and make every few days as we are doing the no carb/protein and this is great to have in the fridge and have a couple spoons every 2-3 hours or in a lettuce leaf.
    Hard to find a good chicken salad recipe but this is a winner and similar to how I make tuna and salmon salad. Thanks so much!

  8. We have a few in the family that need a special diet, this will be a hit with them.

  9. I made this several times for my dad too, before her died so we are sharing a connection to the salad. Glad you liked it.

  10. I have made this and I love it. It is one of the last meals I made for my mother before her Alzheimer's Disease got too bad, so it has meaning for me.

  11. I love this recipe! I tried it with 1/3 cup light mayo, and 1/3 cup Fat Free greek yogurt and it was just as delicious!

  12. Sissy, glad to hear that the blog has been helpful for you guys.

  13. Thank you for this website and this recipe. I have learned alot from you and have taken to heart your advice about getting the book. As we embark on this journey, my hubby and I spent a lot of time on your site. This recipe was really good!
    When I set it in front of him for our lunch, he says, we can have this???

  14. Cindy I haven't made it with yogurt, but I can't see why it wouldn't work.

  15. Yum, I think I may try this tomorrow for lunch! Has anyone tried subbing Nonfat plain Greek yogurt for part of the mayo? (not all of it but maybe half?) I have some FAGE 0% in the fridge and some Kirkland Canned Chicken (the best!) but don't want to ruin my chicken if anyone has tried the yogurt and it hasn't worked out.

  16. So glad you're enjoying it. It's definitely one of my favorites too.

  17. I have been looking for a really good chicken salad that included green olives. This one is by far my favorite! My husband (a chicken salad junkie)and I make it all the time now. Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. Ranee, so glad you enjoyed it!

  19. We love this recipe. Easy to make quickly for lunch if you come home for lunch. I have made it twice and this time I added some extra protien to it with a rinsed can of chickpeas and then we ate it overtop some sliced tomato. Really Yummy!! My husband doesn't like things made with mayo really but he loved this!


  20. Dara, so glad you liked it! And yes, you could definitely leave out the onions or use less for more olive flavor!

  21. Hi Kalyn, made this tonight and loved it. It was hard not eating it all at once (let alone not just eating all the olives before they made it into the dish). I'm going to leave out the onion next time so the olives really shine through the most. Thank you!

  22. You are so welcome; and thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it so much!

  23. One of the best chicken salads I've ever made! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe

  24. Just made it and love it, thanks.

  25. I just know that I am going to love this. Merry Christmas!!

  26. CJ, thanks so much. (And I agree, this would make a great potato salad. My mom always put celery seed in potato salad, which is where I learned to like it so much.)

  27. I am a sucker for anything with olives. This salad recipe sounds delicious!

    I use celery seed often in dressings too. With that hit of dijon and lemon and the briny tang of the juice. Oh yum!

    I know it wouldn't be South Beach friendly, but I think this would make a gorgeous potato salad for a summer picnic too. Kalyn, I love writing and your recipes. And, as you can see, you also give me recipe inspiration.

  28. So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  29. When I saw this yesterday, I knew I had all the ingredients and rushed home to make it for my mom and me. We loved it, just as a salad. But as a wrap (suggested by someone else) would be wonderful, too!

  30. M- So glad you liked it. (And how I wish I had a fresh tomatoes here!)

  31. I made this today. We are loving the taste. It was great with a fresh tomato.

  32. Now my mouth is watering, nice one.

  33. So glad people are liking this idea. And yes, I can imagine eating this in a tortilla or even as a lettuce wrap.

  34. This is definitely my kind of recipe – especially since I always seem to have a forgotten half jar of green pimento olives in the fridge or a dusty jar languishing in the pantry. Thanks for the inspiration on what to do with green olives besides eat them straight out of the brine! (Great idea putting a little into the salad. I love to do that with kalamata olive juice.)

  35. I am a HUGE fan of briny flavors and I would love to make a sandwich or wrap out of this!

  36. Karina, we were typing comments at the same time. (How I wish I could reply directly in the comment.) Thanks for the nice thoughts about the new design. I am loving it!

  37. Erika, isn't that a great new feature. So glad you're enjoying seeing the photos All credit goes to the team at Blogger. I did write to them about it, but they did all the work of making the change. I'm not sure how many people know about it yet, but I am loving it!

  38. Just stopped by to tell you how much I love that the feed posts have an image in them now – thank you!

  39. Looks so fresh and inviting. Delicious! And I love your new blog look- I know I've said that before, but- just wanted to give you props again on your re-design.

  40. Wow, that was fast! So glad you enjoyed it.

  41. I just made this for lunch, and it's absolutely delicious. Thank you for posting this recipe!

  42. Yum! I have been wishing for a "not sweet" chicken salad lately. Can't wait to try this one!

  43. What a festive green-red palette, perfect for the holidays!

  44. Okay, Kalyn – you have hit the mark with this chicken salad. Chicken, mayo, green olives – absolutely perfect!

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