Perfect for taking to potlucks, Chicken Salad is perfect for sharing! What else goes with Chicken Salad? Here is my list of 50+ chicken salad side dishes, including some grilled, gluten-free, and keto-friendly options!

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🍽️ What to serve with Chicken Salad?

One of the best side dishes for cookouts, baby showers and also meal prep for lunch, Chicken Salad is a good idea anytime! This classic dish is loaded with simple ingredients like cooked chicken, creamy mayonnaise, grapes for a crunchy texture (or sometimes crunchy celery), green onions (or red onion), and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. But…what to serve with chicken salad?

Well, first of all, you’ll need some chicken salad! My favorite Chicken Salad recipe is my Whole30 Chicken Salad. It’s so easy to make with shredded chicken breast, and it’s a great way to use up leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken. You can serve this healthy chicken salad as a main dish and it also makes a great side dish. The best thing for me about this traditional chicken salad recipe is that it is excellent for meal prep, keeps so well in an airtight container in the fridge, and tastes even better the next day! Check out this easy chicken salad recipe for all of the instructions, and read on for the best way to serve this classic recipe!

Close up of Chicken Salad in a white bowl.

🥪 Serve Chicken Salad as a filling

Chicken salad tastes great both as a filling and as a topping! Here are some of my favorite ways to serve chicken salad:

  • Baked Potato
  • Baked Sweet Potato
  • As Chicken Salad Sandwiches on whole wheat, seeded, gluten-free or white bread.
  • In a wrap or pita bread with green salad leaves
  • Over a bed of lettuce and fresh veggies in a salad
  • Stuffed inside Bell Peppers for a nice crunch!
  • With a side of sweet potato chips to act as a scoop.
Baked Potato topped with Whole30 Chicken Salad on a grey plate with a fork. One more serving in the background.

🥗 Fresh Salads

These healthy side dishes are loaded with fresh vegetables for some extra crunch! Chicken Salad goes perfectly with fresh salads because they are both cold, and adding it to the side of a salad is a complete, healthy meal. Perfect for lunch or a light dinner!

overhead shot pickled beet salad

1. Pickled Beet Salad by Gallaxy Gastronomy

Cucumber Salad in a glass bowl on a wooden table.

2. Cucumber Salad by Amanda’s Cookin’

Tomato and cucumber salad in a wooden bowl.

3. Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Balsamic and Fresh Dill by Hoorah To Health

Strawberry Spinach salad in a white bowl.

4. Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Bacon, and Lemon Maple Dressing by Joyous Apron

Arugula Salad in a clear bowl.

5. Arugula Salad with Apples and Quinoa by Vanilla Bean Cuisine

BLT salad in a clear bowl.

6. BLT Salad by Little Home in the Making

🍲 Soups

Soup and salad is a classic combo! I think they go particularly well together as soups can be quite light, and the extra protein boost from chicken salad is filling. Definitely much more filling than a slice of bread!

Zucchini and corn chowder in a white bowl.

7. Healthy Corn and Zucchini Chowder by The Forked Spoon

Broccoli soup with croutons and a stainless steel spoon in a white bowl.

8. Cream of Broccoli Soup by Salt & Lavender

Pumpkin soup  in a white bowl.

9. Roasted Pumpkin Veggie Soup by Caramel Tinted Life

Butternut Squash soup in a white bowl.

10. Butternut Squash Soup by Small Town Woman

🍝 Pasta Salads

With all pasta salads, you can substitute the regular pasta for gluten-free pasta. I quite like lentil-based pasta at the moment for extra protein! I even occasionally like to mix my chicken salad into a pasta salad. It’s really hearty and filling, perfect for dinner or lunch.

Gluten Free Pasta Salad in a white bowl.

11. Italian Pasta Salad by Strength and Sunshine

Greek Pasta Salad.

12. Loaded Vegetable Greek Pasta Salad by Healthy with a Chance of Sprinkles

Macaroni Salad  in a white bowl.

13. Nana’s Macaroni Salad by Amanda’s Cookin’

Pesto Pasta salad in a white bowl surrounded by ingredients.

14. Pesto Pasta Salad by A Paige of Positivity

Macaroni Salad in a white bowl.

15. Macaroni Dill Creamy Salad Recipe with Sour Cream by Simply Stacie

🍓 Fruit Salads

A kick of sweetness to counter a savory chicken salad is absolutely delicious. It’s like dinner and dessert on the same plate!

Fruit Saladin a clear bowl.

16. Beet, Watermelon & Feta Salad by Gennifer Rose

Close up of fruit salad.

17. Cantaloupe Feta Mint Salad by A Paige of Positivity

Fruit salad in a white bowl with a large bowl of fruit salad in the background.

18. Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey and Lime Juice by Fantabulosity

Strawberry rhubarb salad in a white bowl.

19. Strawberry Rhubarb Salad by The Fresh Cooky

🍞 Bread

Bread and chicken salad were just made for each other! These bread recipes are all gluten-free alternatives to regular bread. I find that homemade tastes much better than store-bought!

Seed and nut bread, sliced on brown paper.

20. Gluten Free Oat and Seed Bread (with sesame seeds) by Cooking with Elo

Gluten free biscuits with labels for different brands of gluten free flour.

21. The Best Gluten-Free Flaky Biscuits by Fearless Dining

Overhead shot of sliced loaf of bread.

22. Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Bread by No Dash of Gluten

Quinoa bread on a cooling rack.

23. Quinoa Bread by iFoodReal

Overhead shot of cornbread on a wooden board.

24. Gluten-Free Turkish Cornbread by Give Recipe

Seeded bagel with a smear of cream cheese and a butter knife.

25. Vegan Gluten-Free Bagels by Cooking with Elo

Oatcakes with chutney on a black slate slab.

26. Oatcakes by Christina’s Cucina

Gluten-free hush puppies in a white bowl.

27. Gluten-Free Hush Puppies by Strength and Sunshine

🔥 On the Grill

Chicken salad is often a side dish to a cookout, so this mini section includes a few grilling recipes.

Grilled vegetables in a white bowl.

28. Grilled Vegetables by Dinner at the Zoo

Grilled corn on the cob with butter.

29. Grilled Corn on the Cob by Amanda’s Cookin’

Grilled zucchini on a grill.

30. Grilled Zucchini by Kitchen and a Latte

🫘 Beans

Beans are pretty common side dishes for cookouts and potlucks as well and tend to pair really well with chicken salad.

Bean salad in a grey bowl.

31. Mixed Bean Salad by Plant-Based on a Budget

Baked beans in a skillet.

32. Old Fashioned Baked Beans (vegan) by Strength and Sunshine

Avocado, bean, corn and rice salad in a white bowl.

33. Black Bean Corn Avocado Salad by Salt and Lavender

Pineapple baked beans in a white bowl.

34. Easy Slow Cooker Pineapple Baked Beans by The Salty Pot

Beans on a white plate with a fork.

35. Greek Roasted Gigantes Beans by The Greek Foodie

🥕 Vegetable Side Dishes

Pick a couple of these to pair with an amazing chicken salad and you have a full meal! I’ve included a few instant pot recipes as they are so quick and easy to throw together.

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36. Air Fryer Honey Butter Carrots by Gallaxy Gastronomy

Coleslaw in a white bowl.

37. Classic Coleslaw Recipe by Gallaxy Gastronomy

Broccoli salad in a white bowl with a spoon.

38. Broccoli Salad with Sweet Lemon Dressing by The Healthy Epicurean

Caprese salad in a white bowl.

39. Burrata Caprese with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze by The Heirloom Pantry

Spiced carrots in a white bowl.

40. Curry Roasted Carrots by More with Less Today

Asparagus with grated parmesan and lemon slices on a black plate.

41. Instant Pot Asparagus by Pinch of Wellness

Dill pickles in a glass jar.

42. Shortcut Sweet Heat Dill Pickles and Vidalia Onions by Grits and Gouda

Corn on the cob on a blue plate.

43. Instant Pot Corn on the Cob by Monday is Meatloaf

🥔 Potatoes

Fries, sweet potato fries, potato salad, they all pair perfectly with chicken salad!

Sweet potato fries on a baking tray with mayonnaise.

44. Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries by Gallaxy Gastronomy

Potato salad in a clear bowl.

45. Creamy Dill Pickle Potato Salad Recipe by Sustain my Cooking Habit

Potato salad in a white bowl.

46. Herbed Roasted Potato Salad (this is my favorite way to make potato salad!) by Through The Fibro Fog

Potato wedges with ketchup in a baking tray.

47. Oven Baked Potato Wedges by Aleka’s Get Together

Potato wedges on paper.

48. Spicy Air Fryer Potato Wedges by The Sassy Foodie

49. Air Fryer French Fries (from scratch!) by Nourish Plate

Chips in a white bowl next to an air fryer.

50. Air Fryer Frozen Chips by We Eat At Last

Crisps on white paper in a wooden bowl.

51. Homemade BBQ Potato Chips by Chocolate Moosey (check out their salt & vinegar crisps as well!)

🧀 Keto-Friendly Options

Chicken Salad is easily made keto-friendly, so I had to include a section here for my keto readers!

Crackers on a cooling rack.

52. Keto Crackers by Summer Yule

Biscuits in a white bowl with one sliced open on a white plate next to a block of butter.

53. Almond Flour Drop Biscuits by Low Carb Yum

Cornbread on a white plate.

54. Almond Flour Cornbread by Joy Filled Eats

Roasted radishes with sour cream and green garnish.

55. Roasted Radishes by Like Hot Keto

Crispy brussels sprouts in a white bowl.

56. Garlic Butter Brussels Sprouts by Eating Works

Roasted broccoli on a white plate with a silver spoon and lemons.

57. Roasted Broccoli by The Cozy Cook

⏳ How long does chicken salad last, and how to store it?

Chicken salad can last for hours at room temperature, days in the fridge, and months in the freezer! Check out my in-depth post for all of the details on the best ways to store chicken salad: How Long Does Chicken Salad Last (6 things to look out for!)

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