Low-Carb Chicken Pecan Salad

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This simple chicken salad is ideal for healthy lunchboxes. It's best served on top of crunchy lettuce leaves. It will keep in the fridge for several days as long as you keep it separate from the lettuce. If you want to add healthy fats and transform this recipe into a nutritious anti-keto flu meal, simply serve stuffed in avocados.

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Nutritional values (per serving)

3 grams 3.2 grams 36.2 grams 42.2 grams 5.6 grams 542 calories
Total Carbs6.2grams
Net Carbs3grams
of which Saturated5.6grams
Magnesium66mg (16% RDA)
Potassium493mg (25% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (2%), protein (27%), fat (71%)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 450 g cooked chicken breasts, chopped (1 lb)
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley (15 g/ 0.5 oz)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans (85 g/ 3 oz)
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped (40 g/ 1.4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup paleo mayonnaise (110 g/ 3.9 oz) - you can make your own mayo
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (15 ml)
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard (18 g/ 0.6 oz)
  • 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 head green lettuce such as butter, little gem or romaine lettuce (200 g/ 7 oz)
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  1. In a medium bowl combine the chopped chicken, parsley, onion, pecans, celery, salt, and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and mustard.
    Low-Carb Chicken Pecan Salad
  3. Add the dressing to the chicken and toss to combine.
    Low-Carb Chicken Pecan Salad
  4. Divide the chicken salad between the lettuce cups and serve. Chicken salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Be sure to store the lettuce leaves separately and always top with the salad just before serving.
    Low-Carb Chicken Pecan Salad
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Comments (4)

This is a delicious gourmet chicken salad! I will be enjoying this as my lunch throughout this week - thank you!  The only change I made was using chicken thighs instead of breasts.


Thank you Laura! I think that's a great swap - thighs have more fat and tender, juicy meat 😊


This is awesome chicken salad!!! I just made it!


Thank you for your kind feedback Trease!