Hawaiian Chicken Salad is a delicious taste of the tropics. You can't go wrong with chicken, coconut, pineapple, macadamia nuts blended with creamy coconut curry dressing. The perfect make-ahead salad that's great for parties, brunches, and leftover lunches!
Chicken Salad Hawaiian Style
"Chicken salad hawaiian style is a tasty tropical spin on traditional chicken salad. So delish, everyone will love it! If you really want to get fancy, channel your inner Martha, and serve it in a hollowed-out pineapple for a dramatic presentation!" 🙂 -Kori
Taste of The Tropics
Aloha! I think you'll love this Hawaiian Chicken Salad. It has the most wonderful tropical taste! Between the grapes, pineapple, and coconut flakes with the creamy coconut and curry dressing. Good stuff!
Quick and Easy Make-Ahead Recipe
This quite literally tastes best if you make it the day before and let the flavors blend.
Fix and forget about it - the perfect salad if you have company over or heading out the next day to a party or cookout. It couldn't be easier. Love it!
Chicken Salad for a Crowd
This salad serves from 10 to 12 people, so it is a great salad for a crowd.
This salad is ideal for parties, brunches, and showers. You can make it ahead of time in bulk, and it goes great with croissants and Hawaiian rolls, or just over lettuce.
A Low Carb Salad
With 31.8 grams of fat, 7.4 g net carbs, and 16.2g protein, it fits nicely with a low-carb eating plan. Yay!
Pineapple and grapes contribute to some of the carbs and natural sugar content, but it is manageable depending upon your daily allowance on a serving, by serving basis.
You can certainly reduce the number of grapes and pineapples if needed. Remember, this is a meal in one and makes a perfect lunch to pack!
Want another easy make-ahead salad recipe? Check out this Layered Salad.
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How To Serve Hawaiian Chicken Salad
Here's how to serve chicken Hawaiian salad. There are several really great options!
- On its own, on a bed of lettuce (low carb).
- Serve in lettuce wraps or on a croissant.
- Why not serve chicken salad on Hawaiian rolls? 🙂
- Slice a pineapple lenghtwise and remove the pineapple. Use it in the salad then serve this salad inside the pineapple for a dramatic presentation.
- Stuff half an avocado. Make a Hawaiian Chicken Salad stuffed avocado - yum! This is a low carb option.
Here are some different variations and ways you can customize your chicken Hawaiian salad recipe:
- If you don't love water chestnuts substitute additional celery.
- Add some chopped bell peppers.
- Use sliced or slivered almonds in place of macadamia nuts. Walnuts would also be a tasty option.
- Use pineapple tidbits instead of chunks.
Here are the ingredients you'll need to make this chicken salad Hawaiian! 🙂
- Chicken Breast - you'll need around 3 cups cooked chicken
- Water Chestnuts
- Seedless Grapes
- Macadamia nuts - almonds are also a great option!
- Pineapple chunks - or tidbits (no added sugar)
- Toasted Unsweetened Coconut Flakes - reserve 1 tablespoon for garnish
Coconut Curry Dressing
- Curry Powder - you can increase or decrease the amount of curry powder according to your tastes.
- Soy Sauce - you can also use tamari, or coconut aminos. Coconut aminos is a gluten free alternative to soy sauce.
- Lemon Juice - fresh squeezed lemon juice is the best tasting
- Coconut Milk - for the most coconut flavor I used the canned variety.
Here are the steps to make this amazingly delicious Chicken Hawaiian Salad. For a full printable recipe, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Prep and Assemble Your Ingredients
Cook your chicken, cool, cut into 1/2" pieces.
Wash your celery, and chop.
Wash the grapes and drain.
Drain the pineapple and water chestnuts.
In a small skillet, toast the coconut until golden brown. Allow it to cool before adding to the salad. Be careful; it burns easily.
Combine Salad Ingredients
Add chicken, celery, pineapple, grapes, water chestnuts, and macadamia nuts in a large mixing bowl.
Stir mayonnaise, soy sauce, curry, lemon, and coconut milk together.
Combine Salad and Dressing
Pour the salad dressing over salad ingredients and mix it all together.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. The flavors will blend nicely after it's had time to sit in the refrigerator.
Give it a stir and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer to a pretty serving bowl, and dress it up by sprinkling some toasted coconut flakes and nuts on top. Enjoy!
- This chicken salad tastes best the next day after the flavors and juices have blended together.
- Buy pre-cooked diced chicken to make this recipe even quicker.
How do I store chicken Hawaiian salad?
Store this chicken salad in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Can I use pre-cooked chicken breast?
Yes, absolutely! It makes this recipe go fast! You can use pre-cooked chicken breast.
Is this salad keto?
While chicken salad Hawaiian style is low carb and high in healthy fats, the grapes and pineapple add more sugar than is typically allowed when following a keto plan.
Here is how you can adapt this recipe and make it a keto chicken salad:
Reduce the number of grapes and pineapple (or eliminate altogether), add bell pepper, and increase the celery and chicken.
If serving right away, you could also add some diced avocado as well. Make sure to also use coconut aminos instead of regular soy sauce.
Is soy sauce gluten free?
No, regular soy sauce is not gluten-free. This recipe is only gluten-free if you use tamari sauce or coconut aminos. Both are terrific soy sauce substitutes.
More Salad Recipes
Here are some more salad recipes I think you'll really enjoy!
- Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad (Keto Low Carb)
- Zesty Italian Pasta Salad (with Pasta or Cauliflower)
- Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad with Pomegranate and Pecans
- Italian Antipasto Salad Recipe
- Thai Peanut Salad Recipe (Low Carb Keto Salad)
- Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Recipe (Keto Salad)
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