Irresistibly creamy and tangy, cottage cheese chicken salad is so tasty you’ll want to make it every day. It’s easy and budget-friendly too.
What Is Chicken Salad
It’s one of the most popular keto lunch ideas. Chicken salad is a meat-based salad that usually has some kind of creamy dressing on it. There are a huge variety of different ways to make chicken salad.
There are a huge variety of different ways to make chicken salad. From the super-simple to the complicated and all the in between, this is one of the most versatile types of salad that you can make.
People on the keto diet love chicken salad because it’s so filling and so budget-friendly. It’s a great way to use leftover chicken. But you can also make it with canned chicken, which lasts a long time in your pantry.
This chicken salad is unlike anything else on We Want To Eat. The dressing is made with cottage cheese, which adds a tangy taste that you’re going to love!
Before you make your keto cottage cheese chicken salad, this is what you’ll need from the store. All of the exact ingredient amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Shredded Chicken
- Cottage Cheese
- Red Onion
- Dijon Mustard
- Chopped Walnuts
- Chopped Green Onions
There are a few ways that you can change things in this recipe to save yourself time or to make it taste differently the next time. If you make any changes, please let me know. I’d love to hear!
- Red Onion – any type of onion will taste delicious
- Celery – this adds texture, but you can leave it out
- Dijon Mustard – swap with your favorite (sugar-free) mustard. Try it with spicy mustard.
- Walnuts – Any other type of chopped nuts will taste great – try it with almonds or pecans.
Best Chicken For Salad
As long as the chicken is shredded, you can use any type of chicken meat in this salad. If you have any leftover cooked chicken, shred it and eat it in this salad. If you don’t, then grab a rotisserie chicken from the store.
I like to keep canned chicken in my pantry and use it in recipes like this one. If you use canned chicken, I suggest draining it really well first. That way it won’t make the dressing runny.
What To Eat With Chicken Salad
It’s a classic Italian soup that tastes just like the kind from Olive Garden.
I love to make chicken salad for my meal prep. It’s ready when you are. Store leftover chicken salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
I do not recommend freezing chicken salad. It changes the texture too much.
Here are the step-by-step pictures of the process that you’ll follow to make this filling and delicious keto cottage cheese chicken salad recipe. All of the ingredients and instructions are located in the printable recipe card just a little bit further below.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Net Carbs: 3 net carbs per serving
Add the chicken, cottage cheese, red onion, celery, mayonnaise, dijon, walnuts, ½ of the green onions and salt and pepper to taste to a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine well.
Serve the chicken salad garnished with the remaining green onions and additional walnuts if desired.
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Keto Cottage Cheese Chicken Salad
- Mixing Bowl
- 3 cups Shredded Cooked Chicken
- 1 1/2 cups Cottage Cheese
- 1/4 cup Red Onion chopped finely
- 1/2 cup Celery chopped
- 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
- 2 tbsp Chopped Walnuts
- 1/3 cup Chopped Green Onions
- Add the chicken, cottage cheese, red onion, celery, mayonnaise, dijon, walnuts, ½ of the green onions and salt and pepper to taste to a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine well.
- Serve the chicken salad garnished with the remaining green onions and additional walnuts if desired.
Keto Salad Recipes
If you enjoyed making (and eating) keto cottage cheese chicken salad, here are some more easy keto salad recipes you and your kids will enjoy too.