Almond Butter Chicken Salad

This almond butter chicken salad skips the mayo and instead uses an almond butter and apple cider vinegar dressing!

I’ve shared a variety of healthy chicken salad recipes including a Greek yogurt chicken salad, this tasty Waldorf chicken salad and even a curry chicken salad, but today we’re switching things up a bit!

Almond butter chicken salad made with almonds, celery and grapes in lettuce cups.

Almond Butter in Chicken Salad?!?

I know you’re probably thinking I’ve gone a little crazy with my nut butter obsession, but almond butter in chicken salad works… trust me on this one!

Combine almond butter with a little oil, some apple cider vinegar and mustard and you’ve got yourself a creamy nutty dressing to use instead of mayo!

Think of how peanut dressing is used in Thai or Vietnamese cuisine… now it doesn’t seem so weird, right? Even if it does, you certainly can’t knock it ’til you try it.

Almond butter chicken salad made with almonds, celery and grapes in lettuce cups. Hand picking up a lettuce cup.

Making Shredded Chicken

Before I go into more details about this delicious almond butter chicken salad creation, let’s talk about shredded chicken in general.

I’ve recently discovered the magic of making large batch of shredded chicken early in the week and using it for a bunch of different meals.

And guess what? Making shredded chicken is SO easy!

I usually grill my chicken breasts (especially during the summer) but you can also make slow cooker shredded chicken or even cook the chicken in a saucepan.

Once the chicken is cooked you simply let it cool and shred it using 2 forks or your hands. Another super simple option… buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken!

Ingredients for almond butter chicken salad in a bowl (almonds, red onion, celery, shredded chicken, almond butter, grapes and raisins). Bowl next to it is the ingredients mixed together.

Almond Butter Dressing

The almond butter dressing is rich and creamy (like my chili almond dressing) and it makes a great sub for mayo in this chicken salad recipe!

The salad also has a ton of tasty add-ins like red onion, celery, grapes, raisins and chopped almonds. It’s perfect because you’ve got some sweetness in there, as well as, a little crunch.

Almond butter chicken salad made with almonds, celery and grapes in lettuce cups.

How to Serve Almond Butter Chicken Salad

It’s super easy to toss together and can be served on it’s own, over salad, in lettuce wraps or on sandwich bread. I did lettuce wraps because they’re light, fresh and lovely on a summer day when it’s literally too hot to even think about toasting bread.

Of course, you can always pile the chicken salad on top of a bed of greens as well. This option is probably ideal if you’re packing the salad for lunch considering lettuce wraps aren’t the most portable thing in the world.

Almond butter chicken salad made with almonds, celery and grapes in lettuce cups.

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If you make this almond butter chicken salad, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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Almond Butter Chicken Salad


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This almond butter chicken salad skips the mayo and instead uses an almond butter and apple cider vinegar dressing!


Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons roasted almonds, chopped

Instructions

  1. Make dressing: whisk together almond butter, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Combine: Add shredded chicken, celery, red onion, grapes, raisins and almonds into a large bowl and toss to combine. Add dressing and continue to toss until everything is coated. Serve right away or place in the fridge to chill before serving.
  3. Serve: Serve in lettuce cups, over salad or on bread.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 299
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Sodium: 333mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 11g

Keywords: almond butter chicken salad

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    26 comments
    1. Pam S
      November 16, 2018 AT 5:05 pm

      Best chicken salad ever! I have made it several times and it has become a family favorite! Thanks for all the great recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2018 AT 1:17 pm

        Ahhh! This makes me so happy to hear, Pam! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating.

    2. Kim L
      June 18, 2017 AT 7:30 pm

      So your photos show diced red onion but your recipe fails to mention onion. I think onion is definitely needed and will probably add some innow after the fact. I’m a Vidalia gal though.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 19, 2017 AT 2:19 pm

        So sorry for the mistake. Red onion is definitely needed for the recipe. Just added it!

    3. Briana
      August 2, 2016 AT 3:40 pm

      I hate, with a passion, shredding chicken. HOWEVER, I now make a lot more recipes using shredded chicken because I found the best trick ever. When chicken is done cooking, and while it’s still hot, take a hand mixer, and “mix” (AKA Shred) away! It’s seriously the best kitchen hack ever. Sorry if this has been mentioned before. Love your blog 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2016 AT 5:31 pm

        Someone else did mention this, BUT I still haven’t tried it so I’m glad you mentioned it as well. It gives me another reminder that I need to try it soon!! Thanks, Briana.

    4. Lexi
      August 2, 2016 AT 12:21 pm

      Loving this chicken salad Britt!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2016 AT 5:38 pm

        Thanks so much, Lex!

    5. Andra
      August 1, 2016 AT 4:31 pm

      I’m making this right now! Hope it is as delicious as this sounds. How long do you think this will stay fresh in the refrigerator for?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2016 AT 10:03 pm

        Yay! You’ll have to let me know what you think. It should stay good at least two days.

        1. Andra
          August 9, 2016 AT 10:29 am

          i loved it! made it again for lunch this week. i didn’t have a problem with it staying fresh for 4 days in the fridge.

    6. Denisse | Le Petit Eats
      August 1, 2016 AT 1:24 am

      Almond butter actually sounds SO good in a chicken salad! I like to make a dressing with either almond butter or cashew butter, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil and it is positively addictive!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2016 AT 2:42 pm

        Oh! I love the sound of that dressing, Denisse. I’ll have to try it.

    7. Marsha
      July 30, 2016 AT 11:47 am

      You had me at almond butter! I love chicken salad of all kinds, but I have never heard of a recipe with almond butter. This can’t be a bad thing! Gotta try this!

    8. Beth
      July 29, 2016 AT 5:40 pm

      Great idea. I make the same type of recipe using broccoli florets instead of chicken for a great vegetarian alternative.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 29, 2016 AT 11:26 pm

        Oh! I love this idea. I feel like this almond butter dressing would taste delicious on just about anything! 🙂

    9. taramdeal
      July 29, 2016 AT 12:39 pm

      Seriously LOVE this idea!! Sounds perfect for a lettuce wrap lunch or light dinner. Yum!

    10. Andrew
      July 29, 2016 AT 12:02 pm

      This looks AWESOME! Great idea to multi-purpose large batch shredded chicken as well. I love stretching one thing out to minimize cooking time.

    11. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
      July 29, 2016 AT 9:31 am

      I am obsessing over the use of almond butter here – so genius! This sounds like my perfect lunch today! Pinned!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 29, 2016 AT 11:39 am

        Thanks Tay!

    12. Allison
      July 29, 2016 AT 9:23 am

      Tip I learned recently for shredding chicken — put your cooked chicken (still warm!) in your KitchenAid mixer with the triangular paddle attachment. It shreds quickly and easily.
      Only caution here is that it has the ability to mince it into ground meat if you leave it mixing too long! 🙂
      Love your recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 29, 2016 AT 11:39 am

        Oh! What a great trick. I am definitely going to use my mixer next time I make shredded chicken.

    13. Kori
      July 29, 2016 AT 8:56 am

      I LOVE baking a whole chicken and then using it in a variety of recipes! These all sound wonderful, especially your contribution. 🙂 Fun fact: The plate photographed in the copycat Chipotle bowl is the same dinnerware set I grew up using! I don’t know where my mom bought them from, but I think it’s so funny that I would see it featured on a food blog. Have a great Friday!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 29, 2016 AT 11:38 am

        That is too funny. I always feel the same way when I see the plates and bowls my mom used to use in photos. I actually have a thing for vintage dishes.

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