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Chicken Salad with Green Olives

This low-carb and Keto Chicken Salad with Green Olives will be a hit with green olive fans and adding green olive brine to the dressing makes it extra good!

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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 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!

If you find you’re buying that pre-cooked rotisserie chicken regularly, check out Beat-the-Heat Low-Carb Chicken Salads for even more ways to use it!  If you want something different than salads check out Low-Carb and Keto Recipes for Leftover Turkey or Chicken for more recipes using leftover turkey or chicken.

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How to Make Chicken Salad with Green Olives:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)

  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 recipe below for instructions for cooking the chicken.)
  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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More Low-Carb Salads with Chicken:

Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Layered Salad ~ Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen
Low-Carb Greek Peperoncini Chicken Salad ~ 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

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

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Chicken Salad with Green Olives

Yield 6 servings
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!


  • 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)


  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!


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:



Serving Size:


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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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

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    54 Comments on “Chicken Salad with Green Olives”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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???

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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!

  13. Ranee, so glad you enjoyed it!

  14. 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!


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

  16. 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!

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

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

  19. Glad you liked it!

  20. Just made it and love it, thanks.