Curry Cashew Chicken Salad (Quick and SO Flavorful!)

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Some days you just need a lunch that’s hassle-free, flavorful and will keep you satisfied all afternoon long. Hungry Lady Salad Episode 47 – my Curry Cashew Chicken Salad – ticks all of those boxes! It’s high in protein thanks to both the yogurt base and chicken; it’s salty, sweet, chewy and has just the right amount of crunch with raw vegetables like celery and red onion, plus the cashews of course! This salad is ideal for meal prepping on a Sunday because, like so many of my salads, you can make it on the weekend and enjoy it all week long. I also love that I can grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store making it super-fast to put together. It can be enjoyed in so many different ways, but some of my personal favorites include in lettuce leaf cups, tucked into a sandwich, scooped up with crackers, or on its own with a spoon!

How To Make My Curry Cashew Chicken Salad

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Step 1. In a large bowl, whisk the curry powder, yogurt, mayonnaise, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, apricot preserves, and salt.  

Step 2. To the bowl of dressing, add the shredded chicken.

Step 3. Add the onion and celery and toss to combine. 

Step 4. Arrange the lettuce leaves on plates and scoop the chicken salad onto each one.  Top with the cilantro and cashews and serve. 

Step 5. Enjoy!

What Else Can I Use?

  • You can use any curry powder you like, or even curry paste.  Be mindful that curry powders range from mild to very spicy in heat so choose according to your tastes.
  • If you don’t have apricot or orange preserves and don’t want to buy some, a tablespoon or two of honey will serve a similar purpose.
  • The cilantro and cashews act as a garnish component, so if you’re not a fan of cilantro just replace with parsley or leave it out.
  • If you have a nut allergy, just omit the cashew garnish.

This Curry Cashew Chicken Salad is special because:

It’s salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy – lots of flavor and texture going on here!
It’s fast and easy to put together, especially if you grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store!
It can be enjoyed in so many different ways: in lettuce leaf cups, tucked into a sandwich, scooped up with crackers, or on its own with a spoon!

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5 from 3 votes

Curry Cashew Chicken Salad (Quick & So Flavorful!)

This high-protein salad is salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy and perfect for meal prepping on a Sunday for the week ahead!
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apricot or orange preserves
  • ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • ½ medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped

To serve:

  • 2 heads of Little Gem lettuce or romaine hearts, leaves separated
  • cup finely chopped cilantro
  • cup roasted cashews, roughly chopped

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, whisk the curry paste, yogurt, mayonnaise, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, apricot preserves, and salt.
  • To the bowl of dressing, add the shredded chicken.
  • Add the onion and celery and toss to combine.

To serve:

  • Arrange the lettuce leaves on plates and scoop the chicken salad onto each one. Top with the cilantro and cashews and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 1166mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5075IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Kat Ashmore
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 550
Keyword: cashew, chicken, Curry, high protein, Hungry Lady Salads
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7 Comments

    1. With the chicken, I wouldn’t recommend keeping it much longer than 3 days just to be safe!
      Let me know if you give it a try!
      Kat.

    1. I love that you loved this, Sarah! It’s such a great grab-and-go salad for the week!
      Enjoy,
      Kat.

  1. 5 stars
    This chicken salad is so delicious! I almost never buy rotisserie chicken but I did today. I saved a lot of the meat for this salad and am I ever glad I did! I am so excited to eat this salad for dinner tomorrow in lettuce cups and for lunch at the office the next day. I am trying hard to increase my protein and this salad really does it!! I didn’t have apricot preserves, So I finely chopped up about a dozen dried apricots. for the salad.
    It turned out awesome!