This amazing curried chicken salad with cashews is made with a handful of healthy ingredients that will rock your healthy chicken salad loving world. It’s filled with protein packed chicken, good-for-you avocado oil mayo, curry powder, green peas, crunchy celery, green onions, cilantro, and cashews. Packed with flavor and nourishment that’s perfect for a healthy lunch or picnic haul! Gluten free, paleo friendly, and dairy free!
I am sitting here in WI writing this blog post as I get ready to head back home, and all I can think about is the container of amazing curried chicken salad with cashews that I left at home in my fridge!
Think that’s weird? You haven’t had this chicken salad yet.
Made with tender pieces of protein rich chicken, good-for-you avocado oil mayo, curry powder, green peas, crunchy celery, green onions, cilantro, and cashews, this healthy chicken salad is not yo mama’s chicken salad.
Or maybe your mama has been totally rocking the curried chicken salad game since way back in the day, in which case, YOU HAVE A V COOL MOM.
But either way, if you love chicken salad, you have to try this recipe!
Sunny week day lunch breaks? Check.
Picnic in the park? Check check.
Spontaneous day at the beach? TRIPLE CHECK!
As the days grow longer and dreams of outdoor adventures get bigger, we all could use another healthy on-the-go recipe for our back pockets (or picnic baskets!).
And babes, THIS IS IT.
How to make this amazing curried chicken curry salad with cashews
This recipe is a unique spin on a classic chicken salad recipe that is just bursting with flavor. It’s my own take on my favorite curried chicken salad from our local natural foods store – PCC community markets.
I remember the first time that I tried this chicken salad.
I think it was by default because they didn’t have their classic chicken salad stocked in the deli case. Usually, curried chicken salad would not be my first choice – I’m a classic chicken salad girl through and through. Or so I thought
I remember being like like… ehh.. I guess I’ll give it at try? Read: not very into the idea.
But after my first bite you guys… I was SOLD.
Everything about it is SO GOOD. Bright and zippy flavors, plenty of texture and crunch from thinly sliced celery and cashews, PLUS little bites of bright green from the cilantro and green onion –> YES
I like to buy pre-grilled chicken breasts from the deli at our natural food store to cut down on prep time. It’s probably a little more expensive than cooking your own chicken, but it is a big time saver. Grilled chicken adds a nice depth of smoky flavor, but pan frying, baking, or even poaching the chicken would all work great.
Once you have your chicken all sorted out, cube it into bite sized pieces and mix it together with the rest of the ingredients for the best chicken salad of your life.
Bold statement? Yes. Legit statement? Also yes.
Curried chicken salad ingredients
This curried chicken salad recipe is made with lots of flavorful + healthy ingredients.
- Tender pieces of grilled chicken
- Sweet peas (trust me)
- Crunchy celery
- Toasty cashews
- Green onions
- Good-for-you avocado oil mayonnaise
- Lemon juice
- Sea salt + pepper
Mix it up and stash it in your refrigerator to enjoy the whole week long.
Bonus: It’s one of those cold salads that not only keeps well, but also gets better (and takes on a brighter hue!) after a night or two in the fridge.
What makes this curried chicken salad healthy
When most people think about chicken salad, health food is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. BUT, like most recipes, it’s only as healthy as the ingredients you start with.
And this chicken salad is only made with the good stuff.
Unlike store bought varieties of chicken salad, you won’t find any dairy, inflammatory vegetable oils, flavor additives, or high fructose corn syrup here.
Also when you make chicken salad at home, you get to control the quality of the chicken used which is such a HUGE deal.
Another added bonus of homemade chicken salad:
By swapping avocado oil mayo in place of a more traditional mayonnaise, you get a healthy dose good-for-you fats from the avocado oil. I have a super easy to follow recipe for homemade avocado oil mayonnaise here on NK if you want to try making your own (it’s actually SUPER easy!). But if you want to buy some at the store or online both Chosen Foods and Primal Kitchen make delicious + clean avocado oil mayos that are paleo and whole30 friendly.
This healthy curried chicken salad with cashews is delicious:
- With your favorite gf bread and some greens for a yummy grab and go sandwich – right now my favorite gf bread is Olivia’s Super Free bread. You can’t buy it online (as far as I know) but you can check their website for different places where it is sold & restaurants that have it on their menu!
- Scooped into crunchy romaine lettuce leaves for a mouthwatering lettuce cup situation
- Served alongside crackers / chips – my personal favorite way to enjoy! #chipmonster
- Scooped onto a big leafy salad for a delicious protein salad boost
- With cucumber slices and cut celery
- On it’s own – only a fork is required!
This amazing curried chicken salad with cashews is made with a handful of healthy ingredients that will rock your chicken salad loving world. It’s filled with protein packed chicken, good-for-you avocado oil mayo, curry powder, green peas (trust me), crunchy celery, green onions, cilantro, and cashews. Packed with flavor and nourishment that’s perfect for a healthy lunch or picnic haul! Gluten free, paleo friendly, and dairy free!
- 1 pound cooked chicken breast, cubed
- 1 1/4 cups avocado oil mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 3 stalks of celery, very thinly sliced
- 1 cup of peas
- 3/4 cup chopped cashews
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- about 1/2 teaspoon sea salt – add to taste
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir together.
- Add salt to taste – start with about 1/2 teaspoon, and adjust as necesary.
- Serve and enjoy!