Chicken Basil Salad

If you are looking for a light and healthy chicken salad then you found it. This Chicken Basil Salad has a good amount of vegetables and can be eaten without bread.

Since the first time I made this recipe, it has become a family favorite. Its simple to make and can be served as a salad with a lot of lettuce or it can be made into a delicious wrap sandwich.

You will need:

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons green onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons light salad dressing, I used light Italian dressing this time
  • 2 cups lettuce, chopped *

* You can skip the lettuce and make it into a wrap sandwich. You can use romaine lettuce or iceberg lettuce, or even a lettuce salad mix.


Chicken Basil Salad - all vegs

In a bowl, add the celery, red pepper, basil, green onion, and lettuce. If you want to make it into a wrap, as I said earlier, don’t add the lettuce.

Chicken Basil Salad - add chicken

Add the chopped chicken. You can buy the pre-cooked chicken breast, or you can cook it like I did.

I cooked a chicken breast in olive oil and green onion, and seasoned it with a little nutmeg, salt and pepper. Then I let it cool down completely before adding it to the chicken basil salad.

Chicken Basil Salad - add dressing

Add the salad dressing of choice. You can use mayonnaise, ranch, mayonnaise and mustard, any dressing you like. This time i used Light Italian dressing.

If you like, you can even make your own dressing by mixing lemon juice, olive oil, a tiny garlic clove, a shallot, salt and pepper. But of course, if u don’t have time on hand its the easiest to just get ready made ones.

Chicken Basil Salad - serve chicken salad

Mix everything well, and serve.

Happy cooking, and as we say in Arabic “Sahha Wi Afia”

21 thoughts on “Chicken Basil Salad

  1. Hi Laila,
    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog, and for reading! The pancakes were actually super-easy to make and add so much to a simple meal–well worth a try. And those coconut cinnamon chips you posted earlier look AMAZING. I am definitely going to try them out! 🙂

    1. Thanx Ricki … i will definetly try to make ur pancakes … let me know what u think if u try any of my recipes … 🙂

  2. Hi, the chicken basil salad sounds delicious.
    I like Tabouleh, too. First tried it at a Greek Festival at a Greek church in New Brunswick,N.J.; I went to the store to find the bulger to prepare my own. I love fesh lemon juice with it.

    1. Thanx Luvsclassics … both salads are VERY healthy and easy to make … let me know if u try any out .. 🙂 .. stay in touch

  3. I loved the idea of this healthy recipe. And, so decided, per your suggestion, to make it into a wrap. ~~ Except, I used the lettuce leaves as the “bread”. So, so good and nice and crunchy!

    1. Thanx claire … im glad u liked it … this salad recipe can be really versitile … u can make it in many different ways …. I love ur idea of eating it in a lettuce leave as a wrap … sounds better than my way of cutting the lettuce 😀 …. stay in touch 🙂

  4. I may just try this with the leftover chicken from tonight’s supper. It sounds like it would make a delicious light lunch.

  5. Laila – Thanks for checking out my blog. At first, I thought you were my brother’s girlfriend, who is also a Laila. This salad looks light and delicious and appears to be a perfect antidote to my mac and cheese!

    1. Hay listgirl … lol well there happen to be more than one laila 😉 … Im glad that u liked the recipe .. let me know when u get to try it … stay in touch 🙂

  6. hye laila.thnx 4 reading n commenting! ur blog seems interesting. i would like to try the chicken salad. hee.. do u hava any recipes on pasta??

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