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Creamy Chicken Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing

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Succulent shreds of chicken are combined with crunchy celery and onion and then blanketed with a tangy, herbaceous dressing.

This keto salad is packed with flavor, healthy fats from avocado mayo and protein. Instead of a regular ranch dressing, we are adding a tasty tangy cilantro twist!

Perfect for lunch prepping, and so easy that the kids could do it. Serve on a bed of crisp lettuce. Enjoy!

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Nutritional values (per serving, about 1 1/2 cups)

Net carbs3.5 grams
Protein29.7 grams
Fat31.8 grams
Calories424 kcal

Calories from carbs 3%, protein 28%, fat 69%

Total carbs4.4 gramsFiber0.9 gramsSugars2 gramsSaturated fat6.9 gramsSodium451 mg(20% RDA)Magnesium45 mg(11% RDA)Potassium591 mg(30% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 2 chicken breasts, poached and shredded in advance (500 g/ 1.1 lb)
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped (128 g/ 4.5 oz)
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (coriander), chopped
Tangy Cilantro Ranch Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup paleo mayonnaise (110 g/ 3.9 oz) -you can make your own](/Blog/lchf/Healthy-Home-made-Mayo-Three-Ways)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (115 g/ 4.1 oz)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (30 ml)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (coriander), chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Prepare all the ingredients. Chop the onion, celery and herbs. Shred or dice the cooked chicken. Creamy Chicken Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing
  2. Place the shredded chicken breast, celery, red onion and cilantro into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
    Creamy Chicken Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing
  3. Place all of the dressing ingredients into a blender or use a stick mixer and blend until smooth and creamy.
    Creamy Chicken Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing
  4. Pour the dressing over the chicken and mix it through until everything is well coated. Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
    Creamy Chicken Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1 1/2 cups)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken, breast (without skin, raw)
0 g28.1 g3.3 g150 kcal
Celery stalk, fresh
0.4 g0.2 g0.1 g5 kcal
Onion, red, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Coriander (cilantro), fresh
0 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
0.2 g0.3 g22.8 g204 kcal
Cream, sour
1.3 g0.7 g5.6 g57 kcal
Lime juice, fresh
0.5 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Chives, fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, about 1 1/2 cups
3.5 g29.7 g31.8 g424 kcal
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An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born.

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Comments (2)

Made this for lunch and it was very tasty, filling, and refreshing! Thank you!


Thank you Diane!