Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe – This chicken salad recipe makes a delicious, quick meal. Made with chicken, grapes, and roasted nuts, it is always a favorite!

This chickens salad recipe makes a delicious, quick meal. Made with chicken, grapes, and roasted nuts, it is always a favorite!

My husband loves chicken salad. I mean looooovvveeeessss chicken salad. From the poppy seed chicken salad that makes a regular appearance to a grilled chicken salad, he loves it all. And since I llllooooovvvveeee him, I make it for him as much as possible.

But one of his favorite versions involves fruit and tons of chicken. I’m always playing around with different versions of a chicken salad with fruit for him and realized that you might like this recipe, too.


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Full of tender chicken, fresh sliced red grapes, celery, roasted pecans, and dried cherries, I’m not sure what wouldn’t be right with this chicken salad recipe.

If the fact that there was none left over was any indication, my sweet husband didn’t think there was anything wrong with it either.

This makes a great salad for lunch, a light supper, and takes hardly any time to mix all together.

And while Bart prefers his chicken salad made with mayonnaise, I love to lighten it with Greek yogurt as well. That option is completely up to you!

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Here’s my recipe for Chicken Salad with Grapes that I think you’ll love.

Yield: 8
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword best chicken salad, chicken salad, chicken salad recipe, chicken salad with grapes, easy chicken salad

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

Total Time 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe - This chicken salad recipe makes a delicious, quick meal. Made with chicken, grapes, and roasted nuts, it is always a favorite!

4.86 from 57 votes
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  • 1 pound boiled chicken cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup red grapes halved
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecans chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • celery leaves chopped (optional)


  1. Add chopped chicken to a large bowl along with celery, grapes, dried cherries, chopped pecans, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. If using chopped celery leaves, add these as well. Stir together until just combined.


Lighten Up!
To lighten up the recipe, you can use Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 374mg 16%
Potassium 207mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 8.7%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 5.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Robyn xo
Chicken Salad Recipe - This chickens salad recipe makes a delicious, quick meal. Made with chicken, grapes, and roasted nuts, it is always a favorite! //

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2013.

236 comments on “Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe”

  1. Well of course I made this after tasting it at the girls weekend!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! AND I got Dukes mayonnaise ? .. which made me smile also! BEST
    CHICKEN salad ever!!

  2. Wonderful.

  3. When we do our chicken salad, we use half mayonnaise and half sour cream. The sour cream cuts the mayonnaise and is delicious.
    Love your cookbook!

  4. Looks delish!

  5. I would have to leave out the celery because I dislike it intensely. Perhaps some finely chopped jicama would do the trick – it would add crunch without the celery flavor. Apart from the celery, this does sound very good, and I like the idea of mixing the mayo with Greek yogurt.

  6. I have made this salad for years but use cut up apples instead of the cherries, but that sounds like a great addition, and I use much less mayonnaise. I serve it on romaine lettuce along with sliced cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, sliced cheddar cheese and crescent rolls.

    • Hi Karen,
      Thanks so much for sharing this! It is delicious with apples – I make it that way sometimes as well. Some people enjoy more or less mayo, and it is delicious made to either particular taste.
      Thank you!

  7. Hi Robyn,

    I love all that you do and look forward to your posts always. My only problem is I dislike mayo. What can I substitute for mayo and most likeoy other recipes. Thank you.


    • Hi Joanne,
      Thank you – I’m so glad you enjoy the recipes! You can use Greek yogurt to replace the mayo in this recipe. I make this Chicken Salad often (it’s one of my husband’s very favorites) – I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
      Thanks so much, Joanne! xo

  8. Absolutely the BEST!!!

  9. I love grapes in my chicken salad! This looks delicious.

  10. This is a wonderful basic chicken salad recipe. I add a tsp. curry, 1 Tbs. soy sauce to the mayo.
    I also substitute macadamia nuts or slivered almonds for additional crunch. I also substitute apples
    For the cherries . Served on a butter lettuce leaf or half a papaya it is fabulous.

  11. A really great chicken salad that I will be using all summer! I followed the recipe except that I sheet pan roasted the chicken breast with some pork and poultry seasoning we get up in Michigan. The resulting salad was delicious but I then added a hefty squeeze of fresh lemon juice which took it over the top in my book! I imagine it would be slightly similar to using the Greek yogurt….a bit more tang for all the mayo. Thanks! A great recipe!

  12. I made this with leftover rotisserie chicken. Instead of grapes, I had fresh cherries to use up, so I seeded and halved them. Also added the kernels from one ear of fresh summer corn!

    • Sounds delicious! It’s great with rotisserie chicken – and with cherries. I love the idea of the fresh corn…sounds tasty! Thanks so much, Becky! Glad you enjoy the chicken salad! xo

  13. My chicken salad recipe calls for green grapes, and their sweet-tartness really wake up the chicken! Add lots of chopped celery (1/4″ bits) and slivered almonds, and you have a meal fit for a queen. (The king wants steak!)

    With red grapes, I would give this recipe 4 stars, but with a change to green grapes, PERFECTION!

    • Hi –
      Chicken salad is such a favorite dish – yours sounds delicious as well!
      We all definitely have our favorites and varying tastes, don’t we?! I’m sure green grapes are very tasty as well! We like red grapes in this particular chicken salad recipe, but you can definitely use either one you prefer!
      Thanks so much!

  14. I used can chicken mmmm

  15. The recipe AS IS sounds scrumptious, don’t know why people don’t try it the way you offered it without tweaking it! Try it first, then tweak it if you want to, but leave your original recipe alone.

  16. OMG!! I have made your recipe at least 40 times. The toasted nuts add a wonderful texture and flavor. I use Costco’s rotisserie chicken (breast meat) and replaced the dried cherries with craisons. The grapes and dried fruit along with the celery makes for a pretty presentation. Make it for parties, lady’s lunches and of course for my family. Thanks!

  17. I added chopped baby spinach to add some greens! (Didn’t have celery on hand) Came out great. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Sounds delicious! I just happen to have some leftover rotisserie chicken, grapes, and celery that all need to be used up before they go bad. Low on mayo, but I’ve got Greek yogurt! No dried cherries, but a couple apples that need to get eaten, as well. This recipe couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! And who doesn’t love chicken salad? Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  19. I made your recipe several times – it is excellent for a brown bagging lunch! A friend “stole” the idea and added thinly sliced raw jalapeno to her version. So, not to be outdone, I made a huge bowl, kept the original ingredients, added her jalalpeno (small) and some Chayote in matchstick pieces. I lined the bowl with spinach leaves. This mountain of chicken salad went to an office luncheon with a side of Pita chips for dipping. 38 officee staff rate this recipe double thumbs up! Thanks for the inspiration. When I have the gift of extra fish, I plan to try a small scale version subbing the free protein for chicken

  20. I made this recipe last night for my friend and two roommates and it was a hit! I used an olive-oil based mayo to cut down a bit on calories. Also could not find plain or roasted pecans at my grocery store, but used candied ones, still super yummy! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be having great leftovers this afternoon.

  21. This was light refreshing great flavor and love the different texture.

  22. Also good with chopped granny smith apple too! and walnuts instead of pecans. Called Brandywine Chicken Salad here in Delaware. Yummy.

  23. Do you think this could be frozen for later?

  24. It was so easy and delish. My hubby loved it. I will be making it more often for sure.

  25. You can use plain yogurt to cut back on the calories instead of all mayo. 

    • Hi Chris, you can use yogurt – I mention using Greek yogurt in the recipe instructions instead of mayo if you want. Thanks for mentioning again. Hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

  26. Your site has come to me in perfect timing. I roasted a chicken for our Saturday dinner, reserving the breast to make chicken salad. I have red grapes and pineapple I wanted to use. I’m feeling a bit lost with cooking for 2. My son bought his first house on Tuesday, moved the pets and a bed on Wednesday.. We just enjoyed your Easy chicken chili as a family, it served 5 and there is just enough leftover for me for lunch.

    • I can’t imagine that empty nest feeling, Mara! Hang in there! I do hope you enjoy this – and glad you liked the chili! Thanks! xo

    • Served this chicken salad on romaine lettuce and mango on the side. I used half mayo and greek yogurt. I didn’t add the cherries, thus needing a bit of honey to sweeten. It has a bit more dressing then I usually like but overall was pleasing. Thank you for the wonderful meal ideas.

  27. I make my chicken salad like this, but bake chicken breasts the night before then chill overnight so they’re super easy to shred by hand the next morning. Baking the chicken instead of boiling gives so much more flavor.

  28. This chicken salad was great! Instead of dried cherries, I added a small bunch of cilantro, chopped, and uses 1/2 & 1/2 mayo(Best foods) and plain Greek yogurt. Delish!!!

  29. Bah, this look so good!

  30. Excellent recipe! I left out the nuts due to allergies in the family, but followed the recipe exactly, other than that. Very good chicken salad. Everyone loved it! Will definitely make it again.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  31. Chicken salad with grapes is always delicious and healthy!
    I just made the same recipe a couple weeks ago xD
    But you add more mayonnaise than me 😉

  32. How many servings does the recipe make? I would like to make this for on sandwich bread or croissants but I’m not sure how many sandwiches this would make?

  33. Turned out great! Grilling the chicken, gives it an awesome flavor. I substituted dried cherries, with Dates, red grapes with white grapes and Dukes Mayo is a must. The funny face that my daughter made while I prepared it, quickly turned into a big smile once she sampled it.

  34. Absolutely wonderful! I made this for and everyone loved it. Super easy and light for summer.

  35. I tried putting yogurt in my salad and it never turned out vary well. But this is 5x better thanks.

  36. Delicious. Simple and satisfying. A perfect lunch pairing for this sweltering Oklahoma summer heat! I did add 1/3 cup of red onion and found it quite complementary!
    Thank you for posting!

  37. Best chicken salad recipe ever!!

  38. Basically the same recipe but I add chopped granny smith apple to give it a zippy taste.

  39. Never boil chicken for your recipes, season the chicken breasts,put them in a frying pan on medium heat COVERED,for 20 to 25 minutes let it cool, maybe 5-10 minutes then cut your cubes,etc. Trust me, my parents were Chefs.

  40. Best chicken salad ever! I chopped some praline pecans to use in place of the toasted pecans. Also added a bit of chopped red onion.I will make this often! Thank you!

  41. Me and my family loved it

  42. Yum loved this chicken salad. I served it with fresh fruit and little mini muffin muffins. I also learned how to toast pecans haven’t ever done that. A wonderful summer meal. Will add it to our rotation. 

  43. Delish receipe…I added cotton candy grapes and splash of lime juice..!!!

  44. I made this recipe for guests with just a few minor changes, and it got rave reviews. I’ll definitely make it again! First, I poached the chicken breasts (skin on, bone in) for 20 mnutes in vermouth and chicken broth. I let it cool and took off the skin and deboned it, then cut it into chunks.
    I left out the dried cherries as I didn’t like the texture with the fresh chicken and grapes, and I wasn’t able to use the pecans because my guest has a nut allergy. I’m looking forward to using them next time though. I also used less mayo. What a great recipe this is!

  45. How much is 1 serving size?

  46. Just found your website and tried your recipe for Chicken salad earlier today. My wife and I loved it. What I used rather than yogurt or mayonnaise is a product called just mayo. It is egg free and made from the yellow pea and other natural ingredients. Your recipes are just what we needed. They are fresh and very good. Thank you for your website. I am making the chocolate cake you list for my wife’s birthday cake. You have 2 new fans!

    • I’m so happy to hear this, David! Glad to know you loved the Chicken Salad. It’s one of my husband’s absolute favorites! Can’t wait for you both to try the Best Chocolate Cake! Please wish your wife a very happy birthday from me! I’m glad to have you here! Thanks!

  47. Could this be made with turkey breast?

  48. Can you substitute canned chicken for the fresh chicken?

  49. Making this for our “Girlfriend’s Pajama Party” at my church this Friday night. Can’t wait! So grateful I found this recipe! NEVER made chicken salad in my life and have been so nervous about it. Your recipe has eliminated my fear. Its reviews are what caught my attention. Wish me luck!

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