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Make Ahead Apple Chicken Salad - the perfect meal prep salad! #whole30 #paleo

Make Ahead Apple Chicken Salad

  • Author: Erin
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


The perfect meal-prep salad for weekday lunches or to bring to your next summer cookout!


  • 3 large boneless chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 large apple, cubed
  • 1 cup mayo (this homemade one is paleo/Whole30)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 23 Tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1 Teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well to combine.
  3. Taste and add any additional orange juice concentrate (1 Tablespoon at a time) or salt or pepper, as desired.
  4. Serve with butter lettuce, if desired, or eat as is.


  • Shredded Chicken: I recommend boiling the chicken breasts in water for 10-15 minutes (or until fully cooked), let cool slightly and then shred when still warm.
  • Mayo: I recommend using this homemade mayo (paleo/Whole30) otherwise this store-bought mayo is really good too.
  • Cranberries: if you can’t find Whole30 compliant cranberries, you can sub raisins – just read your labels)
  • Serving: Serve as-is or on a piece of butter lettuce!
  • Storage: Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.

Keywords: apple chicken salad, healthy chicken salad