This Keto Chicken Salad with Green Olives will be a hit with green olive fans and olive brine added to the dressing makes it extra tasty! And everyone who’s a big green olive fan will love this salad.

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I first made this colorful and tasty Chicken Salad with Green Olives years ago and it was an idea that just popped into my head when I had leftover rotisserie chicken and green olives in the fridge. But now that I’ve  discovered the packages of rotisserie chicken breast at Costco I’ve been making it regularly because I LOVE green olives. But let me say right up front, people who don’t like green olives probably aren’t going to like this salad.

Of course people who are fellow green olive fans will love everything about this salad, including the trick of adding some green olive brine to the dressing that I think makes the salad really a wow. This is a perfect salad when you just don’t want to eat anything hot, but I’ve even made it during the holidays for a red-and-green salad. The salad has crunch from the celery, creaminess from the mayo, and amazing flavor from the green olives, chicken, and tangy dressing. Try this out on the green-olive fans in your life and I promise it’s going to be a hit!

What ingredients do you need?

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  • cooked chicken breast
  • celery
  • large green olives with pimento
  • green onions
  • mayo
  • green olive brine (liquid from the jar)
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
  • Dijon Mustard (affiliate link)
  • Celery Seed (affiliate link), optional, but good
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (see notes)

What kind of green olives did I use?

For this salad with green olives I used the large Spanish Queen Olives from Costco, but any green olives where you enjoy the flavor would be fine for this salad.

Want more ideas for salad with green olives?

If you’re a fellow green olive fan, check out Tuna Macaroni Salad with Green Olives (with low-carb pasta), Lentil Salad with Green Olives, or Egg Salad Pita with Green Olives.

More Recipe Ideas for Rotisserie Chicken:

If you’re buying that pre-cooked rotisserie chicken regularly, check out 20 Keto Chicken Salad Recipes for even more ways to use it in salads!

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How to Make Chicken Salad with Green Olives:

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  1. Here’s that amazing rotisserie chicken breast from Costco (and my grocery store has a similar product) if you want to make the salad easier to make. (Check the actual recipe for instructions for cooking chicken if you’re making it that way.)
  2. Cut up 4 cups of diced chicken pieces.
  3. Slice the green olives; If you have large green olives, they’ll look prettier.
  4. Cut up one cup chopped celery.
  5. Slice green onions to make 1/2 cup.
  6. Whisk together mayo, green olive brine, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, celery seed, salt and pepper.
  7. Toss together the chicken, celery, and green onion and toss with the dressing.
  8. Then carefully stir in the sliced green olives and serve. (Season with a little salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste.)
  9. This will keep in the fridge for several days, but you may not have any leftovers!

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Yield: 6 servings

Chicken Salad with Green Olives

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives is a delicious low-carb salad and adding green olive brine to the dressing makes this extra flavorful!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded into bite-sized pieces (see notes)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup large green olives with pimento, sliced into crosswise slices
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (see notes)
  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • 1 T green olive brine (liquid from the jar)
  • 1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. celery seed (optional, but good)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. You'll need about 4 cups of diced chicken pieces.
  2. Drain green olives if needed and then slice the green olives; If you have large green olives, they'll look prettier in the salad.
  3. Cut up enough celery to make one cup chopped celery.
  4. Slice green onions to make 1/2 cup.
  5. Whisk together mayo, green olive brine, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, celery seed, salt and pepper to make the dressing.
  6. Toss together the chicken, celery, and green onion and toss with the dressing.
  7. Then carefully stir in the sliced green olives, season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and serve.
  8. This will keep in the fridge for several days, but you may not have any leftovers!

Notes

You can buy cooked rotisserie chicken for this salad or cook your own. If you’re cooking chicken breasts to make the salad, trim all fat and tendons from two very large chicken breasts. 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. Let chicken cool in the water, then drain.

You can use less green onion if you prefer, but I love a lot of onion in this salad. I would use my fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe. I didn’t use much salt because the olives are salty.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 350Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 4gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 70mgSodium 965mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 23g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything in this tasty Chicken Salad with Green Olives is a low-carb ingredient, and  this salad should be a healthy option for low-carb or Ket diet plans, or for all phases of the original South Beach Diet. Use mayo or light mayo, whichever fits your eating plan.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This salad with my favorite green olives was first posted in 2011! The recipe was last updated with more information in 2023.

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