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AIP Chicken Salad Lunch (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

Author: Michele
Servings: 1 serving
This basic AIP chicken salad recipe plus several variations is an easy, last-minute, portable lunch option that will keep you full and is great for picnics! (Also Paleo, egg-free, Whole30)
NOTE: this serves 1 person with a large serving or 2 people with smaller servings.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins


The basic recipe:

  • 1 can of pre-cooked Chicken, Tuna, or Salmon ((make sure to check the ingredients and get ones that are only the meat/seafood, water, and salt))
  • 1/2 Avocado (**don't have an avocado? See notes)
  • 1/8 –1/4 cup Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 1.5 tsp Lime Juice (I used jarred, but you can use fresh too – this would be about 1/2 lime)
  • Pinch Sea Salt

Variations – “The Summer”:

  • 1 batch of the basic recipe above
  • 1 handful Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 handful Cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 Radishes (sliced)
  • 1 Sweet Potato (diced and roasted at 425 F for 30 min (optional))

“The Harvest”

  • 1 batch of the basic recipe above
  • 2 stalks Celery (sliced thinly)
  • 1 handful dried Cranberries or Raisins (no sunflower oil *see notes on how to make your own dried cranberries)
  • 1 Apple or Pear (diced)
  • 1 Sweet Potato (diced and roasted at 425 F for 30 min (optional))
  • 1 handful sliced Tigernuts (optional)

“The Curry”

  • 1 batch of the basic recipe above
  • 2 stalks Celery (sliced thinly)
  • 1 handful Raisins
  • 3 dried Apricots (diced)
  • 1 tbsp AIP Curry Powder (I like this recipe or if not on AIP, use 1 tbsp Curry Powder)
  • 1 handful sliced Tigernuts (optional)


  • In a bowl, wide-mouthed glass jar, or blender place the flesh of the avocado, the oil, lime juice, and sea salt. Use an immersion stick blender or regular blender to mix until creamy.
  • Mix with the chicken, tuna, or salmon.
  • Add other ingredients if using one of the variations. (Or make up your own!)
  • Serve over a bed of mixed greens and possibly with some sweet potato chips, cassava chips, or plantain chips.


** Don't have an avocado? This AIP Mayo by Bon AIPPETIT is great too!
Make your own dried cranberries - see how here.
More AIP-compliant possibilities to add to your chicken,tuna, or salmon salad:
  • Diced Roasted Sweet Potato
  • Raisins
  • Dried Cranberries (fruit-sweetened, no sunflower oil)
  • Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
  • Diced Radishes
  • Cilantro or Parsley
  • Diced or Sliced Celery
  • Sliced Tigernuts
  • Diced Apples or Pears
  • Shredded or Diced Carrots
  • Pomegranate Arils
  • Crumbled Banana Chips
  • Sliced Fennel Mint
  • Diced roasted Beets
  • Toasted Coconut Flakes
  • Diced Pineapple
  • Diced Mango 
  • Crumbled Cooked Bacon
  • Sliced Olives
  • Diced Dried Dates
  • Diced Dried Apricots (or other dried fruits – check ingredients though!)
  • Sliced Red Onions
  • Diced Fresh Figs
  • Sliced Oranges
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword: AIP, Autoimmune Paleo, easy, Paleo, portable, quick, Whole30
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