Low Carb Southwestern Chicken Salad Recipe

This low-carb southwestern chicken salad is perfect for so many things!

This chicken salad is excellent by itself (for low-carb eaters) or used as a sandwich filling for regular eaters. It’s simple to put together and is packed with mouthwatering flavor.

Clean Eating Low Carb Southwestern Chicken Salad Recipe

This one came about from a desperate attempt to figure out what I could make for my mother for lunch. She may not be able to eat a lot, but what she eats needs flavor to keep things interesting. There is nothing worse than bland food when your diet is already restricted. It’s the flavor that keeps us interested in food and doesn’t change when we are sick.

So thankfully, I happened to have everything on hand for this. As is often the case, the ingredients told me what to make. I look in the fridge, see what I have, and hope I can make something good out of it. Usually, I do okay! Mom says this one is definitely a keeper.

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Clean Eating Low Carb Southwestern Chicken Salad Recipe

Low Carb Southwestern Chicken Salad

This delicious salad can be served by itself or used for making delicious chicken salad sandwiches!
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Course: Main Course, Salad, Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (store-bought, no sugar added or homemade – see recipe above)
  • 1 small red bell pepper (chopped fine)
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion (chopped fine)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (or more to taste)
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ medium avocado (for garnish – optional)


  • In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir thoroughly.
  • Serve as a salad or use for making sandwiches.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Note that the serving size is a lot for a sandwich, you might use less.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 194mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 18.6mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1.3mg

From the Gracious Pantry archives. Recipe originally posted 4/11/15.

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  1. I just tried this and it was awesome!

  2. I really want to try this! I was curious what clean eating mayo is. (Store bought) is it the one made with Olive oil?

    1. Miriam – I make mine, so I’m not sure of the brands. I know in the past I’ve seen some in health food stores. But basically you are looking for basic ingredients that you would buy separately to cook with in your own kitchen. It’s a general rule that works on many foods. I do know of this brand: https://chosenfoods.com/products/avocado-oil-mayo-12?_pos=2&_sid=12b30bbed&_ss=r (this is not an affiliate link. I do not make any money if you click on the link or buy the product. Just an honest recommendation.

  3. Dru Fentem says:

    This looks great! Will be trying it this week!

  4. Lots of protein and tasty. This is my new go-to sandwich or salad fix.