12 tasty salads with chicken

Celebrate the flavors of the West with these easy, fresh salad recipes

Chicken Salad with Roasted Beets and Dandelion Greens

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Chicken Salad with Roasted Beets and Dandelion Greens

Dandelion greens give a bright, appealingly bitter edge to the rich chicken and the sweet beets.

Recipe: Chicken Salad with Roasted Beets and Dandelion Greens

New Potato and Chicken Salad with Yogurt Chive Dressing

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

New Potato and Chicken Salad with Yogurt Chive Dressing

Using yogurt instead of mayo lightens up this chicken salad without sacrificing flavor.

Recipe: New Potato and Chicken Salad with Yogurt Chive Dressing

Rainbow Carrot, Pea Shoot, and Chicken Salad

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Rainbow Carrot, Pea Shoot, and Chicken Salad

Slicing the carrots is fastest on a classic French- or Japanese-style mandoline, but you can also use a vegetable peeler.

Recipe: Rainbow Carrot, Pea Shoot, and Chicken Salad

Sesame Chinese Chicken Salad with Asian Greens

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Sesame Chinese Chicken Salad with Asian Greens

Mizuna and mustard greens add bite and a healthy base to this zesty salad.

Recipe: Sesame Chinese Chicken Salad with Asian Greens

Grilled Chicken, Corn, and Spinach Salad with Smoky Paprika Dressing

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Grilled Chicken, Corn, and Spinach Salad with Smoky Paprika Dressing

The paprika delivers great smoky flavor in this main-dish salad.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken, Corn, and Spinach Salad with Smoky Paprika Dressing

Chinese chicken salad

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Best-Ever Chinese Chicken Salad

This dish has all the great flavor of the original and is packed with garden-fresh ingredients.

Recipe:  Best-Ever Chicken Salad

Main-dish salads

James Carrier

Chopped Barbecued Chicken Salad

Make short work of this dinner salad by starting with a store-roasted chicken.

Recipe: Chopped Barbecued Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken and Nectarine Salad

Lara Hata

Grilled Chicken and Nectarine Salad

A taste of summer in a bowl: barbecued chicken, sweet nectarines, tangy goat cheese, crisp salad greens, and toasted pecans. A speedy entree salad that’s perfect for the season.

Recipe:  Grilled Chicken and Nectarine Salad 

Hot and Cold Chicken and Spinach Salad

Scott Peterson

Hot and Cold Chicken and Spinach Salad

Briny capers and pungent Dijon add punch to this quick main course salad. Serve with grilled bread brushed with fruity olive oil.

Recipe:  Hot and Cold Chicken and Spinach Salad

Asian grilled chicken

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; food styling by Karen Shinto

Five-Spice Chicken Noodle Salad

Like a cross between a noodle bowl and a salad, this dish is low in fat and has a kick­—thanks to the zesty salad dressing based on a Vietnamese dipping sauce.

Pair with a barely off-dry Riesling like Poet’s Leap 2008 (Columbia Valley; $20).

Recipe: Five-Spice Chicken Noodle Salad

Lemon cashew salad on lettuce.

Leo Gong, Randy Mon

Lemon Cashew Chicken Salad

An unusual twist on the classic curried chicken salad, our version is a healthier option with a mix of thick, creamy yogurt replacing half of the mayo.

Recipe:  Lemon Cashew Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken pita salad

Grilled Chicken Pita Salad

An updated version of a fattoush using purchased pita chips in place of crunchy croutons and seasonal asparagus, which gives a fresh-from-the-garden touch.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Pita Salad

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