Not your average chicken salad recipe, this savory hearty recipe is made with bright, lemony chicken, red bell pepper, chopped black olives, and seasoned with a sprinkle of celery seed.  Delicious on a sandwich, with crackers or just by the forkful, this is one easy recipe that will soon become a family tradition!

A bowl of lemon chicken salad with a chicken salad sandwich in the background.

What You Need To Make Lemon Chicken Salad

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • red bellpepper
  • chopped black olives
  • lemon juice
  • mayonnaise
  • celery seed
  • salt and pepper

Ingredients for Lemon chicken Salad.

There are tons of chicken salad recipes out there.  You can make it with pineapple, grapes, cranberries-all with fruit, all just a little bit sweet.  And I love them all.  But this recipe…  This recipe is a horse of a completely different color.  It’s savory.  It’s hearty without being heavy.  It’s absolutely addictingly delicious.  And my family asks for it all the time.

Lemon chicken salad prepared and ready to make sandwiches.

This chicken salad recipe waltzed into our family’s life about 25 years ago.  Around that time, my mom managed a little tea house down in Texas, and I waited tables there one summer.  The chef would whip up this salad every morning and serve it all day on huge slices of homemade bread.  The smell of that bread alone was enough to strike weakness in the knees.  But loaded up with this salad… I counted the minutes until we would close and I could get my hands on some of it. 

It didn’t take long for my mom to learn to make it, and from that time on, this lemon chicken salad became our summer traveling staple.  Going camping?  We had chicken salad.  Road trip in the works?  Better make some chicken salad.  And of course, the all-time best reason, a day at the lake?  Definitely need some chicken salad.

Lemon Chicken Salad with Chicken Salad in a bowl in the background.

Now, when the months grow warm, I make this chicken salad for my own family. The word spreads pretty quickly when I start whipping up batch.  “Mom’s making chicken salad!”  “Hey!  Are you making chicken salad?”  “Whoa, is that chicken salad?”

Yep, it sure is.  And even though it’s gone pretty much as soon as I put it on the table, the sweet memories that come along with making it tend to stick around.

Tasty Lemon Chicken Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Not your average chicken salad recipe, this tasty and hearty recipe is made with bright lemon chicken, red bell pepper, chopped black olives, and celery seed.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, Easy Recipe, sandwich
Servings: 4
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, boiled, diced/shredded
  • 1 medium- large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 4.25 oz can chopped olives
  • 1 C real mayonnaise (generous)
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Serve immediately or chilled.

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