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Pistachio Chicken Salad

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Looking for a salad that is not just easy to prepare, but it’s also super delicious? The Pistachio Chicken Salad to the rescue! A family favorite!


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I’ll be honest! I’m grabbing a fork and scarfing down tons of this stuff! It’s soooo yummy!

 It’s packed full of nutrients but also full of so many yummy flavors! Just wait until you try it!

It’s a delicious combo of both texture and taste: crunchy pistachios, juicy chicken, and sweet grapes. Yum!

This chicken pistachio salad is perfect for a light lunch, a picnic, or as an impressive side dish.

And with all the protein and fruits and veggies, it’s not just tasty but healthy too.

Chicken salad with pistachios is quick and easy to prepare, especially if you’re using pre-cooked chicken (I highly recommend!)

And the surprise ingredient of this salad is the hint of Tabasco sauce! Trust me! You’ll love it!


All ingredients in a bowl ready to mix together


What Ingredients are in Pistachio Chicken Salad

Grab your large bowl and these simple ingredients to get a great tasting chicken salad recipe:

  • Chicken: You can use rotisserie chicken, turkey, or chopped chicken breasts.
  • Celery: Adds a nice crunch and refreshing flavor to the salad.
  • Grapes: Gives a sweet contrast to the savory elements of the salad.
  • Pistachios: Adds a nice crunch and a nutty flavor.
  • Mayonnaise: This is the creamy base for the dressing. Greek Yogurt works well too!
  • Salt and Black Pepper: A pinch of pepper and salt season the salad and enhance the flavor.
  • Tabasco Sauce: Gives a subtle kick to the dressing.
  • Romaine Lettuce: Used as a fresh and crunchy bed for the salad.

Pro tip: 

  • If you want to experiment, you can switch out pistachio nuts for other nuts like almonds or walnuts.
  • Make it your own: red onion, parmesan cheese, goat cheese, fresh basil leaves or hot pepper sauce. Mix it up!

How to Make Pistachio Chicken Salad

This pistachio salad is great for making golden brown chicken salad sandwiches! Here’s how to make it:

  1. Start by preparing the bed of lettuce.
  2. Mix together the chicken, celery, grapes, and dressing ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Place the chicken salad mixture on top of the lettuce.
  4. Top it off with the pistachios.

Pro tip: Don’t add the cup pistachios until you’re ready to serve, to keep them crunchy.


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Can You Freeze Pistachio Chicken Salad

While you technically can freeze this salad, I wouldn’t recommend it. 

The mayonnaise-based dressing tends to separate when frozen and thawed, resulting in a less appealing texture.

While the salad would still taste great, it just isn’t the texture you’d want.

Is Pistachio Chicken Salad Healthy

Absolutely! This salad is packed with protein from the chicken and healthy fats from the pistachios. 

It’s also full of fresh, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.

So if you’re a busy person trying to pack in some healthy food? Meal prep this salad and walla!

Healthy eating has never been easier!

How Long is Pistachio Chicken Salad Good for

When properly stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this chicken salad can last for up to 3 to 5 days.

If you notice any weird or funky smells or textures, it’s probably gone bad and it’s time to toss it.

But honestly it’s really good! You’ll probably eat it up well before you need to worry about it going bad.


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Can You Make Pistachio Chicken Salad with Turkey

Yes, you can! Just swap out the chicken for an equal amount of cooked turkey. 

This is a great way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey! Perfect for the time of year when you are most busy!

Actually my chicken is almost always leftovers too. Or a rotisserie chicken! Those are my favorite!

Can You Eat Pistachio Chicken Salad While Pregnant

It is generally safe to eat chicken salad during pregnancy as long as the chicken is well-cooked. 

However, it is always best to talk to your doctor if you have any questions.

In my opinion, all the protein, veggies, and fruits can’t be anything but good for you and your growing baby!

What to Serve with Pistachio Chicken Salad

This salad pairs well with Butter Swim Biscuits or a bowl of Onion Cheese Soup for a light lunch. 

It also goes well with grilled vegetables for a wholesome dinner.

Here are some links to get you going:


top view looking down at chicken salad with grapes and pistachios


How to Store Pistachio Chicken Salad

Store this good chicken salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

To maintain the crunchiness of the pistachios, add them just before serving.

Don’t let the salad sit in the sun for a long time if you’re serving it at a BBQ or picnic.

The cup mayonnaise in particular will go bad really quickly if you do.

Is Pistachio Chicken Salad Gluten-Free

Yes, this pistachio chicken salad is gluten-free. 

However, always check the labels of store-bought ingredients like mayonnaise and Tabasco sauce to ensure they don’t contain any hidden gluten.

While most of the time I don’t think they do, you can never be too careful with checking!


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Pistachio Chicken Salad is a delightfully balanced dish with a harmony of flavors and textures. It’s healthy, simple, and delicious, making it the perfect choice for any meal. Happy eating!


Yield: 6 servings

Pistachio Chicken Salad

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Enjoy the crunch of pistachios in this refreshing chicken salad. Perfect for any meal, easy to make and delightfully tasty!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  1. Wash and dry Romaine Lettuce.
  2. In a bowl, combine turkey, celery, grapes, mayonnaise, salt, pepper and Tobasco sauce.
  3. Spoon out 1 cup of chicken salad mixture on top of bed of romaine lettuce.
  4. Top with pistachios.
  5. Serve immediately

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 572Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 245mgSodium: 749mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 64g
Originally Posted: August 5, 2014

Photos & Text Updated: July 21, 2023

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Beverly Davis

Monday 8th of May 2023

I made mine with fresh pineapple and added small amount of onion and garlic powder.

It was really good!

Liz Heath

Wednesday 13th of August 2014

One of my favorite Summer salads.


Wednesday 6th of August 2014

Looks amazing! I can usually find something good to eat when browsing through South Beach recipes. Thanks for sharing :)

Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

Tuesday 5th of August 2014

That looks really good! I love trying different variations of chicken salad...never tried putting pistachios in! Pinning!

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