7 Salads with Chicken for Simple Dinners

Chicken Salad with Zucchini, Lemon and Pine Nuts

These amazing recipes include a crunchy Vietnamese chicken salad and spinach salad with smoked chicken, apple, walnuts, and bacon.

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Green Goddess Chicken Salad

Green Goddess Chicken Salad
© Petrina Tinslay

Green Goddess dressing—a mix of mayonnaise, sour cream, herbs, anchovies and lemon—was created at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in the 1920s, as a tribute to an actor starring in a play called The Green Goddess. The creamy dressing is typically tossed with a green salad, but it's also delicious in Melissa Rubel Jacobson's chicken salad, made with a rotisserie bird.

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Crunchy Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Crunchy Vietnamese Chicken Salad
Lucy Schaeffer

To save time, use store-bought rotisserie chicken and skip the scallion oil; the salad already gets plenty of flavor from the spicy, vinegary dressing and abundance of fresh herbs.

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Chicken Salad with Zucchini, Lemon and Pine Nuts

Chicken Salad with Zucchini, Lemon and Pine Nuts
© Tina Rupp

Armand Arnal uses ingredients from his restaurant's enormous organic garden to create seasonal Provençal dishes like this salad of chicken tossed with pine nuts and lemon-marinated zucchini.

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Chicken Caprese Salad

Chicken Caprese Salad

Bocconcini (mini mozzarella balls) are often sold floating in herbed olive oil. That tasty oil is essential to this three-ingredient recipe because it adds so much flavor to both the chicken marinade and the dressing.

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Grilled Chinese Chicken Salad

Grilled Chinese Chicken Salad
© Tina Rupp

Store-bought shredded coleslaw mix makes this salad incredibly easy to make.

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Chicken Salad with Cucumber, Red Pepper, and Honey-Mustard Dressing

Chicken Salad with Cucumber, Red Pepper, and Honey-Mustard Dressing

Starting with cooked chicken—leftovers, perhaps, or a store-bought rotisserie chicken—keeps the preparation time short. If you want just chicken salad with no greens, skip the lettuce; double the chicken, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, and tarragon; and toss them with the dressing.

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Spinach Salad with Smoked Chicken, Apple, Walnuts, and Bacon

Spinach Salad with Smoked Chicken, Apple, Walnuts, and Bacon
David Malosh

Celebrate autumn's apple season with this delicious and satisfying salad. We call for the thick-sliced smoked chicken now available in the meat department of supermarkets. Of course, you can always use smoked turkey from the deli counter instead. If you like a more pronounced sweet-and-sour flavor, use another teaspoon of vinegar.

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