Broccoli Chicken Salad


This high-protein salad contains a delicious blend of crunchy broccoli and bell pepper, mixed with chicken and tossed in a tangy lemon-garlic dressing made with Greek yogurt.

Time to elevate your salad game with this high-protein Broccoli Chicken Salad. Like all of the salad recipes I give you, the flavors are never boring and can be made with minimal effort and time. 

Looking down on a large bowl of chopped broccoli chicken salad with a serving spoon resting in the bowl.

Broccoli florets, bell pepper and red onion are chopped together with chicken and coated in a tangy, garlicky Greek yogurt based salad dressing. It’s this dressing, along with the shredded chicken breast, that gives this salad over 20 grams of protein in each serving.

Since it takes around 15 minutes to make, you betcha I have made this chicken salad for lunch on more than one occasion. It’s been my obsession over the Spring and early Summer months.

It’s easy to keep my fridge stocked with either a rotisserie chicken or pre-cooked, shredded chicken from the deli counter and a bag of broccoli florets. Sometimes I leave out the bell pepper, use a different color of bell pepper, or I’ll toss in chopped cucumber or grape tomatoes. The broccoli chicken base with tangy dressing is always the same since it makes each bite worthy of another. 

Broccoli Chicken Salad Recipe Video

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Broccoli Chicken Salad Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about ½ of medium-sized lemon)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound of chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 3 cups broccoli, chopped large stems removed
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

Broccoli Chicken Salad Directions

  • Broccoli Chicken Salad
  • A serving spoon digging into a big bowl of creamy broccoli chicken salad.

    Substitutions and additions

    I created this recipe using ingredients I readily have in my refrigerator and pantry; however, maybe you don’t like everything that I used or you want to add more. Here are some suggestions.

    Mayo swaps

    If you think mayonnaise is nasty or don’t want to consume it try using sour cream or cream cheese, softened to room temperature, as a substitute to make the creamy dressing for this salad. When substituting mayonnaise, consider the flavor profile you desire for your salad. Be mindful of the texture, and adjust the quantities of other ingredients accordingly to achieve the desired consistency.

    Add cheese

    For extra fat, flavor and calories, try adding cheese. Sharp white cheddar cheese, feta cheese or shredded Swiss cheese might add some additional flavor. For best flavor, purchase cheese in block form and shred it into the salad.

    Close up of chunks of broccoli florets and chicken tossed in a creamy dressing.

    Storage information

    This chicken salad is ideal for meal prep. You can make it ahead of time and store it in airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 day after mixing.

    Freezing is not recommended.

    Broccoli Chicken Salad: FAQS

    Can I use pre-packaged shredded chicken?

    Yes, you can use pre-packaged shredded chicken in this recipe. Sometimes there may be added seasonings that may or may not pair well with the rest of the salad ingredients, so keep that in mind.

    Can I use frozen broccoli if it's thawed?

    It is not recommended to use thawed frozen broccoli as it will cause the salad to become soggy, and add additional water to the dressing.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Broccoli Chicken Salad

    Servings: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 427
    Fat 35.6g
    Protein 21.8g
    Total Carbs 4.5g
    Net Carbs 3.4g

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