Skinny Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe

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Your new favorite chicken salad recipe (made healthy!)

This Skinny Mustard Chicken Salad is Full of Color and Flavor, and it's Absolutely Delicious!

Refreshing apple, sweet grape, and savory chicken – all at the same time! And did I mention minced chives, the signature mustard taste and pecans for texture? This Skinny Mustard Chicken Salad is full of color, flavor, and is a delicious powerhouse of a lunch or dinner. This is a chopped-type, crunchy, salad… the kind  that takes half an hour to eat while you enjoy every little bite.

The Skinny Mustard Chicken Salad

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On a nutritional level, this Skinny Mustard Chicken Salad uses nutrient-dense ingredients which are both affordable and available all year round. This recipe is not only an easy one to scale up to feed a crowd, it’s also hearty enough to be a complete meal for dinner and leave you fully satisfied. A very simple green salad would work excellently as a side dish. The lighter the dressing the better. If you’re more hungry, you could eat this with some baked sweet potato, add some homemade olive oil croutons, or enjoy some incredible Tomato and Basil Bruschetta.

Like It Sweet?

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Depending on what variety of apple you use, this salad will already have a level of sweetness with the apples and grapes. But sometimes I like my salads a little sweeter. If this is the case, why not wait before adding your mustard and/or mayonnaise to the salad? Instead, quickly combine the mustard with honey, olive oil and a little salt for a dressing that literally takes one minute. Dressings are really the biggest element that keeps salads interesting for me. Want more homemade dressing inspiration? Check out these 6 Plant-Based, Oil-Free Dressing recipes.

If you’re making up a dressing, why not massage some of it into the chicken breast as a marinade? Smart, eh? The mustard and honey will infuse into the uncooked meat and will result in sweet, crispy chicken which you can fry and then chop up. Equally, really go the extra mile and create this healthier Extra Crispy Oven Fried Chicken to shred over your salad.

What additions did you make to this Skinny Mustard Chicken Salad? We would love to hear what worked and what didn’t in the comments.

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Skinny Mustard Chicken Salad

This easy side dish is simple to make and tastes great! Combine ingredients together for a light and flavorful addition to any meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 6
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked boneless skinless chicken breast chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup minced chives
  • 1/3 cup seedless grapes quartered
  • 1/4 cup apple cored and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup paleo mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • Beefsteak or Hothouse tomato slices for serving


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well blended.
  • Add more mayonnaise and/or mustard to taste if needed.
  • Serve on tomato slices.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 261mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
Keywords Quick and Easy

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Chef Sallie

Chef Sallie is a personal chef, recipe developer, cookbook author, and culinary instructor. She specializes in providing healthy meals for athletes, designed to prevent injury, promote healing and provide fuel for peak athletic performance. Her recipes are designed to use seasonal, whole ingredients. Her in-home and virtual cooking classes show her clients which ingredients can be used to help treat specific health issues and improve their quality of life. She is dedicated to the idea that delicious, healthy meals can be easily prepared and accessible regardless of budget.

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