This Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives, Celery, and Green Onion is not only low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and easy to make, but it's also beautifully red-and-green for a Christmas salad! The trick that makes this salad over-the-top good is adding a little green olive brine to the dressing. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
I first made this colorful Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives, Celery, and Green Onion when I had leftover rotisserie chicken, but since then I've made it three more times, adjusting the recipe a little bit each time to get a combination that's just right. The salad has just enough red and green that you could serve it as a Christmas salad, especially plated with dishes that bring out the red and green colors in the salad. And if you're getting tired of sweets and want a savory dish for a holiday pot-luck, this might be just the thing.
Shred apart the chicken, chop the celery, and slice the green olives and green onion. If you have large green olives, they'll look prettier in the salad.
Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Toss together the chicken, celery, and green onion and toss with the dressing. Then carefully stir in the sliced green olives and serve. This will keep in the fridge for several days, but you may not have any leftovers!
Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives, Celery, and Green Onion(Makes 6-8 small servings, recipe created by Kalyn)
2-3 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded into bite-sized pieces
(you can cook 2 chicken breasts following the instructions below)
1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks celery)
1 cup large green olives with pimento, sliced into crosswise slices
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (or less if you're not that fond of green onion)
1/3 cup mayo
1/3 cup light mayo
2 tsp. green olive brine (liquid from the jar)
2 tsp. fresh or frozen lemon juice
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. celery seed (optional, but good)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (I didn't use much salt because the olives are salty)
If you're cooking chicken breasts to make this salad, trim all fat and tendons from two chicken breasts, put them in a small pan with enough water to cover, bring to a low simmer and cook about 15 minutes, or until chicken feels firm to the touch. Let chicken cool in the water, then drain.
Use your fingers to shred enough cooked chicken breast to make 2-3 cups. (I like to cut the chicken breasts into long strips and then shred the strips apart.) Slice olives and green onions and chop celery.
Combine mayo, light mayo, green olive brine, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, celery seed, salt and pepper and use a whisk to mix together.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine chicken pieces, diced celery and sliced green onions. Stir in enough dressing to moisten all the ingredients. (You may not need all the dressing, especially if you only have 2 cups of chicken pieces.) Then gently fold in green olives, mixing just enough to distribute them among the other ingredients. Serve immediately or chill slightly.
This will keep in the fridge for a few days, although you might not have any leftovers!
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything here is a low-carb ingredient, and green olives have much less fat than black ones, so this salad may be more healthful than it seems at first glance. I used a combination of regular and light mayo, which would be best for the South Beach Diet, but for other low-carb diets you can use any mayo you prefer.
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More Tasty Salad Ideas with Chicken:
Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Layered Salad ~ Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen
Low-Carb Rotisserie Chicken Christmas Salad with Red Pepper, Avocado, and Lime ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Southwestern Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado ~ I Breathe I'm Hungry
Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Buffalo Rotisserie Chicken Salad ~ Aggie's Kitchen