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12 Ways to Turn Extra Chicken into Healthy Main Dish Salads

A little leftover chicken can transform simple salads into satisfying, healthy meals. Next time you make chicken -- grill, bake, or fry up some extra chicken for these 11 tasty main dish chicken salads. They're the quick-and-easy way to eat healthy!

1. Grilled Chicken Salad with Seasonal Fruit

Here's a delicious main dish salad that’s easy to make and a healthy choice any time of year. In summer, enjoy it with fresh berries. In winter, try slices of orange or grapefruit or even dried fruit. Add leftover grilled chicken and top with toasted nuts.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Seasonal Fruit

Photo by Maisan Djuhadi

2. Chicken Fiesta Salad

This is a great option for leftover fajita chicken. "This is an attractive and zesty all-in-one dish," says ANGL8277. "It's full of veggies and chicken, and loaded with flavor. A quick fix for a long day."

3. Farro Salad with Asparagus and Parmesan

"A light and delicious way to get your whole grains," says Duncan. Top it off with leftover baked or grilled chicken, and it's a complete, super-healthy meal.

Farro Salad with Asparagus and Parmesan

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

Check out our collection of Grain Salad Recipes.

4. BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

A great choice for extra BBQ chicken or leftover fried chicken. "This healthy salad was adapted from one I ate at California Pizza Kitchen,' says Shanon. "The lime juice intensified by the jicama draws out the flavor of the vegetables, so an oil- or cream-based dressing is not necessary."

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

Photo by Meredith

5. Chopped Power Salad

So much healthy stuff! This chopped salad combines cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and garlic with cilantro, parsley, pumpkin seeds, and golden raisins tossed in an olive oil and apple cider vinegar dressing. Add extra chicken to create a healthy weeknight meal that's ready in less than 30 minutes.

Chopped Power Salad

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

6. BBQ Chicken Salad

"This is a great way to use up grilled chicken leftovers," sayas Deborah Noe. "Serve on a bed of greens."

7. Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad

"This is low-carb, no-sweat, sizzling-hot grilled fajita salad on the table in less than 30 minutes," says Baking Nana. "Yes, it is possible! Garnish with lime wedges and finely chopped cilantro."

Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad

Photo by bd.weld

8. Caribbean-Style Chicken Salad

"This is a great summer salad. It's really easy to make, and kids love it," says Avigayil. "I like to stuff the salad into pitas and serve it like that, but it can stand alone as well."

9. Chicken Chow Mein Salad

Combine leftover chicken with spinach, red cabbage, pecans, mandarin oranges, leeks, and dried cranberries. "This hearty, delicious super-easy green salad reminiscent of traditional chicken chow mein," says TheRecycleChef.

Chicken Chow Mein Salad

Photo by lutzflcat

10. Chicken Berry Salad

"This recipe uses three kinds of fresh berries and your choice of mixed salad greens, all tossed together with grilled chicken and a special honey mustard dressing," says ATIE MINES.

Chicken Berry Salad

Photo by Ashley Giest

11. Fruity Chicken Salad with Tarragon

This chicken salad has a lot going on. "It's sweet and juicy from the apples and grapes, a little savory from the tarragon, crunchy from the pecans and celery, and lightened up a bit with some yogurt," says lutzflcat.

Fruity Chicken Salad with Tarragon

Photo by lutzflcat

12. Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad

"This is a colorful and very tasty mix of chicken, mangos, and avocados in a spicy lime dressing," says GREENLIME.

Explore our collection of Main Dish Salad Recipes.


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