A bowl of high protein chicken salad with crackers on a gray marble surface.

Enjoy a High Protein Chicken Salad with some Mediterranean flair. Freshly shredded chicken is combined with Greek yogurt and mixed with flavorful ingredients like artichokes, olives, dill pickles, and dijon for an effortless weekly meal prep that is just as nutritious as it is delicious. 

A bowl of high protein chicken salad with crackers on a gray marble surface.

Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe

This high protein chicken salad puts a Mediterranean spin on the classic chicken salad. It’s filling, satiating, and packed with flavor. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to make!

I used thick Greek yogurt for this recipe instead of mayo to add extra protein (a tip you can also try with my Taco Tuna Lettuce Wraps), but if you prefer, you can use regular mayo, or you can do a mix of Greek yogurt and mayo.

This recipe is super versatile and can be enjoyed in many different ways. Spoon it onto lettuce wraps, slather it onto some low-carb bread or tortillas, or eat it on its own with a handful of crackers. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, this chicken salad is sure to become one of your favorites! 

High protein chicken salad in a wooden bowl with crackers and garnish.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Perfect for those who follow a keto or low-carb diet.
  • Loaded with delicious flavor and texture.
  • Great for meal prep, so you’ve got a healthy meal all week long.
  • Easily customizable to fit your preferences.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Pre-cooked chicken: I used rotisserie chicken for this recipe, but boiled or grilled chicken would work too.
  • Dill: This herb​ pairs deliciously with the other flavors in this dish.
  • Artichokes: Artichokes add texture and a hint of briny flavor.
  • Black Olives: It wouldn’t be a Mediterranean twist without black olives!
  • Dill Pickles: I love the way dill pickles add a bit of crunch and tang.
  • Greek Yogurt: I used plain Greek yogurt as the salad base to keep this low-calorie. It’s also what makes this a “high-protein” chicken salad.
  • Dijon Mustard: Dijon is always great in a salad dressing, and it adds a wonderful savory flavor.
  • Seasoning Blend: You’ll need a mixture of garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.

Substitutions & Additions

Although these ingredients are commonly found in Mediterranean cuisine, you have the freedom to experiment with different ingredients or create your own unique recipe that embodies the same delicious flavors.

Here are some ideas:

Dill: Not a fan of dill? Try replacing it with freshly chopped parsley.

Artichokes: Swap out the artichokes for your favorite veggies, like cherry tomatoes or cucumbers.

Black Olives: You can achieve a similar taste to black olives with kalamata olives or capers.

Dill Pickles: Replace dill pickles with pickled jalapeños for a bit of heat.

Greek Yogurt: Feel free to use half yogurt and half mayo or only mayonnaise as your base.

Dijon Mustard: Yellow mustard works if you don’t have Dijon.

Seasoning: You can use your favorite seasoning blend or try a different combination of spices, such as cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, and oregano.

How to Make High-Protein Chicken Salad

The steps are simple, and I’m outlining them below, but be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to view the full, printable recipe card. You can also watch how it comes together in my Instagram reel!

High protein chicken salad in a wooden bowl with crackers and garnish.

STEP 1 – SHRED CHICKEN

Shred or dice your chicken into fine pieces. Then add it to a bowl.

STEP 2 – ADD HERBS & VEGGIES

Next, finely chop a large handful of dill and add it to the bowl. 

Then add the artichokes, black olives, and dill pickles. Feel free to add more or less of what you want.

STEP 3 – ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS

Now add the Greek yogurt. Start with less and add little by little to your liking.

Then add the Dijon mustard, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and one or two pinches of salt and pepper.

Ingredients for high protein chicken salad in a bowl.

STEP 4 – MIX IT ALL TOGETHER

Give everything a really good mix, making sure all the flavors are well incorporated.

Serve and enjoy your oh-so-good chicken salad!

Serving Suggestions

This delicious salad is so good, you could easily enjoy it on its own. But if you’d like to make it a more complete meal, there’s so much you can do with a few simple ingredients. Here are some of my top suggestions:

Pairings

If you’re keeping things low-carb, enjoy this perfect summer salad in romaine lettuce wraps or as a filling in my Keto Tortillas. 

Each tortilla is made with my Kaizen lupin flour. With only 60 calories, 2 net carbs, 6 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fat, they’re a nutritious option for those watching their macros.  These tortillas are just as delicious, if not more, than regular ones. Plus, they’re so easy to make and require minimal ingredients. They’re soft, pliable, and make the perfect vessel for your favorite wraps. 

If you’re fine with carbs, turn this into tasty chicken salad sandwiches, fill it in a whole wheat pita pocket, or use it as a dip for your favorite crackers. 

A serving of high protein chicken salad in a wooden bowl with crackers and garnish.

Toppings

You can enhance the flavor of your high protein chicken salad even after mixing it by adding toppings like lemon juice, lemon zest, red onion, or avocado. These ingredients are delicious extras that can give it a flavor spin.

For added crunch, toast some walnuts, pecans, or pine nuts to sprinkle on top. And if you’re not fully low-carb, try adding some diced grapes or sliced apricots — it’s just divine!

Storage

Store any leftover chicken salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

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Yield: 2-4 servings

High Protein Chicken Salad

A bowl of high protein chicken salad with crackers on a gray marble surface.

This high protein chicken salad puts a Mediterranean spin on the classic chicken salad. It's filling, satiating, and packed with flavor. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to make!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds leftover rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • a large handful of dill, finely chopped
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup marinated artichokes, finely diced
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup black olives, finely diced
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup dill pickles, finely diced
  • 3/4 to 1 cup thick Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • one or two pinches of salt and pepper

Instructions

    1. Shred or dice your chicken into fine pieces. Then add it to a bowl.
    2. Finely chop a large handful of dill and add it to the bowl. Then add the artichokes, black olives, and dill pickles. Feel free to add more or less of what you want.
    3. Add the Greek yogurt. Start with less and add little by little to your liking. Then add the Dijon mustard, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and one or two pinches of salt and pepper.
    4. Give everything a really good mix, making sure all the flavors are well incorporated. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Store any leftover chicken salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

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