Lemon Chicken Salad with Apples is an easy homemade chicken salad recipe with a light, creamy dressing. Serve over fresh greens, in a sandwich or in wraps.
Lemon chicken salad with apples is our favorite chicken salad recipe. It's made with baked chicken breasts and apples in a creamy dressing with a touch of lemon for extra flavor. If you want a change from traditional chicken salad, this easy recipe is for you!
I've been making this lemon chicken apple salad for awhile now. It started out as a way to use up leftover lemon chicken, but it changed over the years.
Now, I use my favorite oven baked chicken recipe whenever I need cooked chicken for chicken salad. I also started making the dressing lighter by using Greek yogurt.
It's super simple, and the prep is minimal. There's no celery, nuts or onions, so you don't have a lot of chopping to do -- just the apples.
Sometimes, I make this chicken salad with cranberries. And since the kids love grapes, I make this chicken salad recipe with grapes just for them.
How to make lemon chicken salad with apples
Start out by mixing the dressing ingredients in a large mixing bowl. It's super simple -- just a mix of Greek yogurt, mayo, a little bit of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
Then, throw in some chopped apples, lemon juice and zest. I used Granny Smith this time, but you can use any apple. Sometimes, I even do a combo of different apples.
The lemon juice adds flavor and keeps the apples from turning brown. The zest isn't totally necessary, so if you don't have a zester, it's fine.
Mix in your chopped cooked chicken, and that's it! You can also zest some lemon peel over the top and add fresh parsley for even more flavor.
What do you serve with chicken salad
This recipe makes the best chicken salad sandwiches, especially on a croissant! You can also serve chicken salad over fresh greens or make wraps using tortillas. My aunt once served chicken salad stuffed in tomatoes at a ladies' lunch!
How long does chicken salad last in the fridge
Since this chicken salad has apples, it's best to eat it within a day or two. Otherwise, the apples start to brown. Without the apples, chicken salad should last 3 days.
Easy lemon chicken salad recipe with apples
Lemon Chicken Salad with Apples
- ½ cup yogurt
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 diced Granny Smith apples washed, cored and diced
- 3 small cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest optional
- Add yogurt, mayo and mustard to a large bowl, and mix until well combined
- Stir in the sea salt and pepper
- Add the chicken, apples, lemon juice and zest (if using) and mix well. Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to eat
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
I hope you enjoy this easy lemon chicken salad with apples as much as we do!
Sandra | A Dash of Sanity says
Such an amazing meal any night of the week!
Jacquelyn Hastert says
This is perfect for a lighter lunch. I love that you have added lemon and apples to this.
Melanie Bauer says
Looks fabulous! This is indeed one of our favorite, definitely having this on our table!
Thanks, Melanie! It's a favorite here, too. 🙂
Love adding apples to my chicken salad. Haven't tried lemon before. Super intrigued. Will have to give it a go : )
I hope you get a chance to try it, Paula! 🙂
Chrissie Baker says
It’s big-time hard for me to resist a lemon chicken salad. Chicken salad is a favorite of mine!
Such a great way to use up leftovers! I love lemon and this sounds amazing.
Thanks so much! It's our favorite chicken salad. 🙂
This is my husband's favorite for lunch on the weekends. It has so much flavor without making you feel too full.
This is exactly why we love this salad! 🙂
Miz Helen says
Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
Dee, so glad you stopped by to add to the collection. If you would like me to send you a reminder about each new Food on Friday, just drop me a line on [email protected] . Cheers from Carole's Chatter
PS this is on my shortlist for a feature too!
Dee M says
Hi Carol. I would love to stop by for a visit! 🙂
Dee M says
Thanks for the invite, Jebbica. I'll be sure to check it out! 🙂
Dee M says
Thanks, Tina. The potato salad is one of my husband's faves. 🙂
Dee M says
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you like it as much as we did. 🙂
Hi Dee, I do hope you'll come over to Food on Friday: Lemons & Limes to bring this to the party! Cheers from Carole's Chatter
Jebbica @Jebbica's World says
Love your blog title! That is too cute. Thanks for posting this recipe...I love chicken salad so much, but I am always looking for different variations!
I found you on Miz Helen's link party and wanted to invite you to my link party as well. It's called Food & Fitness Friday and happens every Friday! I hope you will stop by and share one of these yummy food posts!
[email protected] says
I'll be adding this version to my summer meals. I love adding pecans and grapes, too. I'm headed off to see the potato salad next. 😉
The adventures of Jolly and Happy says
I love this twist on a classic! I will definitely try this!!
Dee M says
If it were just me, I would go for grapes and pecans, but the kids aren't fans of nuts. I love the idea of adding pickles and onions too! 🙂
Dee M says
Thanks! It's one of our favorite warm-weather meals. 🙂