Quick and easy Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad, this healthy chicken salad only calls for 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make. Paleo, dairy free, and Whole30 compliant.

Check out the video to see how easy it comes together!

A bowl of cilantro lime chicken salad on top of some greens garnished with lime wedges and sliced radishes. Next to it are two plates of carrots on one and lettuce leaves on the other.

One thing I did not like growing up was chicken salad. To be honest, we never really had it so I guess that is why I didn’t like it, but I’ve never been a huge fan of mayo heavy dishes. Enter this cilantro lime chicken salad that uses coconut yogurt instead of mayo, along with a few other ingredients, and I’m hooked.

It wasn’t until the past couple years that I rediscovered chicken salad and I can say my mind had been changed. They are full of protein, have some healthy fats, and you can customize them however you want. It’s a quick and easy protein that’s perfect for meal prep, on top of salad, or just in a straight up sandwich.

Glass bowl of shredded chicken, yogurt, chopped cilantro, and red pepper flakes.

This paleo chicken salad was created on a whim one day for lunch. We usually always have some shredded chicken prepped and I usually add it to a big salad with whatever veggies we have on hand for a throw together meal.

I wanted to spice up the chicken and had some fresh limes and cilantro so I figured why not. I mean you can’t really go wrong with the cilantro lime flavor, unless you are one of those people that thinks cilantro tastes like soap haha. To bind it all together I used my favorite local non-dairy yogurt, Culina. It was so simple, but so good, I figured I had to share it.

Plate with chicken salad lettuce wraps with avocados and sliced radishes. Next to them are more sliced radishes and carrot and celery sticks.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

5 ingredients and 5 minutes is all it takes to whip up the cilantro lime chicken salad. It’s quick and easy, light and refreshing, packed with protein, and super easy to make. Here is what you need:

  • shredded chicken
  • coconut yogurt – I love Culina
  • lime juice
  • cilantro
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

It’s as easy and adding all your ingredients into a large bowl and mixing it up. The yogurt adds a nice creaminess and I love using it as a substitute instead of mayo. If you are wondering about the coconut flavor, it is pretty mild and not too strong or overpowering. It goes great with the cilantro and lime flavors too.

I find the longer chicken salad sits, the better it gets. The flavors have a chance to come together and you get the tang from the yogurt and lime, a little sweetness from the coconut, and some spice from the red pepper flakes.

Make a big batch for meal prep and serve it however you like during the week! I love it on a bed of greens with some veggies, in collard wraps, on top of a rice cake for a snack, in tacos, and just plain with some carbs and veggies.

Counter with shredded chicken, coconut yogurt, cilantro, and lime wedges on it.

Substitutions Coconut Yogurt

I know not everyone has access to coconut yogurt. I just discovered it a few years ago and I credit that to living in a very health conscious city. While I love the flavor it adds to this chicken salad – a little sweet with some tang – there are a few things you can use instead:

  • mayo
  • plain/greek yogurt – it will no longer be paleo, but will still be delicious
  • any kind of dairy free yogurt – use check your labels if you want to keep it paleo

Fun fact – I used to work for Culina (the coconut yogurt used in this recipe)! A few years ago when I was working 5-6 jobs hustling to make money while trying growing my business, I helped them sell their yogurt at the farmer’s market. Back then it was called Kokonut and everyone always asked how you can have dairy free yogurt lol.

It was really fun helping them spread the word and now look at them – they are in Sprouts and Whole Foods! The owners are the company are awesome people and the product speaks for itself. Highly recommend if you can get your hands on it!

Bowl paleo cilantro lime chicken salad on top of some greens garnished with lime wedges and sliced radishes. Next to it a plate of carrots and celery and a plate lettuce leaves.

Additions for Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

While I like this recipe as is, there are lots of things you can add to it change it up. Here are a few suggestions:

  • avocado – I love adding avocado to the cilantro and lime flavor combo. Chop some up and mix it up with the yogurt.
  • green onions – A great addition to add a little bite
  • spices – add some garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, or similar Mexican spices to take this healthy chicken up a notch
  • nuts/seeds – sunflower seeds or chopped almonds would be a great addition to add some crunch, along with some healthy fats
  • veggies – I love adding veggies where ever I can. Adding some chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, or jalapeños would be great for this.

More Paleo Chicken Salad

Chicken Cabbage Salad

Harvest Chicken & Sweet Potato Salad

Paleo Buffalo Ranch Chicken Salad (Whole30)

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad (Paleo/Whole30)

Plate of lettuce cups with chicken salad and veggies sticks. Behind it is plate of carrot and celery sticks.

Make sure to check out the video at the top of the page to see how easy this recipe comes together!

A bowl of cilantro lime chicken salad on top of some greens garnished with lime wedges and sliced radishes. Next to it are two plates of carrots on one and lettuce leaves on the other.
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Paleo Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

Quick and easy Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad, this healthy chicken salad calls for only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make. Paleo, dairy free, and Whole30 compliant.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad, Mayo Free Chicken Salad, Paleo Chicken Salad, Whole30 Chicken Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 290kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups shredded chicken (400 grams)
  • 5 ounces coconut yogurt (1/2 heaping cup)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well to combine
  • Serve in lettuce wraps, on salads, in tacos, or as a snack with veggies. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

If coconut yogurt is a food with no breaks for you and you are doing the Whole30, then I would suggest not using it and using mayo!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Potassium 361mg10%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 0.5g1%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 6.6mg8%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A handful of simple ingredients make this Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad, an easy protein for meal prep that is paleo, dairy free, and Whole30 compliant - Eat the Gains