No I will not stop with all these chicken salad recipes! This Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad brings two of my all-time favorites together. Cilantro Lime with avocado is perfection. This dish is great for lunch, dinner and meal prep. It is Paleo, Whole30, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free and so, so tasty!
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Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad (Paleo, Whole30)
It is no secret that I am Team Cilantro 100%!!! I could just eat cilantro all by itself . . . and I do when I’m using it in a recipe. As far as I’m concerned cilantro, lime and avocado are the ultimate combo 💚
I know, I know. It is in the genes for some people to despise cilantro. My mom is one of them. She can’t even pick cilantro off of a dish . . . at that point it is contaminated with the flavor.
So why do some people hate cilantro with every fiber of their being? Aparently there are similar chemical components in cilantro and soap. This is why many cilantro haters say it tastes like soap. Their genes allow them to pick up that flavor while folks like me just taste absolute deliciousness.
I’m sorry. I wish you all could LOVE cilantro as much as I do. I’ve had the cilantro haters say that their taste buds are just more refined and correct. I’m just over here chowing down on chips and Pico de Gallo like, umm huh, yeah, okay 😆
Too bad the cilantro haters can’t fully appreciate this Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad recipe. Of course, you can always just omit the cilantro and make Lime Chicken Salad.
Here’s a few more recipes for the cilantro lovers out there →
Cilantro Lime Spicy Baked Shrimp
Mango Cilantro Grilled Chicken by Fifteen Spatulas
Cilantro Lime Quinoa
Cilantro Honey Lime Drumsticks by Tastes Lovely
Cilantro Lime Roasted Potatoes by Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Grilled Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
How should you cook the chicken?
Check out this tutorial for OVEN BAKED CHICKEN BREAST, my preferred method.
You can cook the chicken however you prefer: grilled, pan fried or even use a rotisserie chicken.
How should you serve this Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad?
If limiting carbs (like me) serve this chicken salad over a bed of lettuce or arugula. Or make into chicken salad lettuce wraps.
If carbs aren’t an issue, this chicken salad is great in tortilla wraps, sandwiches or over rice.
What if you HATE cilantro?
Well, you can just omit the cilantro and go for a lime chicken salad. I’ve heard the suggestion to swap parsley for the cilantro but I personally do not think that is an even trade.Parsley and cilantro taste nothing alike. Unless of course, you want a parsley lime chicken salad. Then go for it!
What else can you put in this chicken salad?
Optional Add-Ins: Lime Zest (for extra lime flavor), chopped celery, cumin and/or chili powder.
What tools do you need for this recipe?
You’ll need a good Baking Dish, Meat Thermometer and Citrus Juicer. For meal prep, I use these Glass Meal Prep Containers with Lids. Quality, sharp knives are always good to have in your kitchen. I use these Chef’s Foundry Ceramic Knives and LOVE them!
- 1 Lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast*, (cooked & chopped)
- 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
- Juice of 1 Small Lime, (approx 2 TB)
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
- 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Red Onion
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- Salt/Pepper To Taste
- Mix all ingredients until fully combined.
- Serve over salad or rice. Also makes great wraps and sandwiches.
*My preferred method: Preheat oven to 450ºF. Coat chicken breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper then transfer to a roasting dish. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until 165ºF internal temperature. (time will vary depending on thickness of chicken) Let cool then chop or shred chicken.
**Optional Add-Ins: Lime Zest (for extra lime flavor), chopped celery, cumin and/or chili powder.
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