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Creamy Chicken Salad with Grapes is filled with texture and flavor. It’s chunky, filling, and mixes up in a snap!

Chicken Salad with Grapes is perfect for picnics and is delicious with Fruit Kabobs and a fresh glass of Homemade Lemonade. It’s a perfect summer lunch!

Chicken salad with grapes served up in a white bowl.

Summer salad

In the summer, we are all about salad at our house! They are quick, refreshing, and with so many variations I never get tired of them.

This creamy and chunky Chicken Salad with Grapes is one of my faves. It’s delicious, filling, and SO good. It’s perfectly hearty all on it’s own, or is a great filling for a sandwich or on a bed of lettuce.

Chicken Salad Recipe with Grapes is perfect for picnics, just make sure to keep it chilled. Check out below for some great tips!

Chopped ingredients for chicken salad with grapes.

Easy chicken salad with grapes

PREP. Chop cooked chicken into small cubes. Also chop celery and put aside.

DRESSING. Make dressing by whipping heavy whipping cream. Add lemon juice, mayo, salt and pepper and mix together.

COMBINE + SERVE. Add chicken, celery, parsley, almonds and halved grapes. Stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Dressing for chicken salad with grapes and other ingredients.

Chicken Tips

This recipe calls for chopped chicken, but will also work with shredded chicken. It all depends on your preference.

CROCK POT CHICKEN. Either way I like to cook large portions of chicken in my crock pot using this Shredded Chicken Recipe. After the chicken is cooked and has cooled a little I’ll shred or chop it, then divide it into 1 cup portions. From there I like to store them in the freezer. This way I always have some on hand. 

OVEN BAKED CHICKEN. If you don’t have time to use a slow cooker you can easily make Oven Baked Chicken. You can also buy pre-packaged chopped chicken in the refrigerator section at the grocery store. Another idea is to use rotisserie chicken or even canned chicken.

Mixing up chicken salad recipe  with grapes in a glass bowl.

Variations + Serving Ideas

Not only can you change up some of the ingredients that you mix into this salad you can easily change up the way it is served making this recipe one that you won’t tire of very easily. 

  • Fruit: Mix in dried Cranberries, raisins, or diced apples for some extra crunch.
  • Onions: Add chopped green onions or red onions.
  • Nuts: Use other sliced nuts such as pecans or walnuts.
  • Turkey: Replace the chicken with turkey.
  • Mayo Sub: Substitute the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt or light sour cream (it will have a slightly different taste).

You can eat the salad plain, or you can make it into a sandwich. Here are all the serving ideas:

  • Wrap the salad in a tortilla or Bibb lettuce.
  • Serve on a Croissant. It’s especially delicious if you cut and toast the  croissant before filling it. 
  • It works well on regular sandwich bread, in pita bread or simply eaten out of a bowl with a fork.
  • Spread it on crackers.
Chicken salad with grapes served as aa sandwich on a white plate.

Storing + Serving Tips

Make ahead of time: This recipe keeps in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. This makes it a great recipe to whip up for a party or even to have ready made for some quick and easy lunches. 

STORE leftovers in the fridge for 3 days as long as it has not been sitting out for too long. 

Keeping it Cold: Chicken salad is famous for making an appearance at any type of party from baby showers to barbeques. You do have to be careful not to leave it setting out for too long.

If it’s left out at room temperature it can keep for 2 hours, but if it is 90 degrees or higher it can only last for 60 minutes. 

  • If you need to transport the salad, it is best to do so in a cold cooler with ice.
  • Only set out as much as can be eaten within 30 minutes. 
  • If the chicken salad is being served in a bowl. I suggest nestling the bowl of salad inside of a bigger bowl with ice (This will help keep it cool, but you still need to follow the temperature guidelines).
Chicken salad with grapes in a white bowl.

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5 from 7 votes

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Creamy Chicken Salad with Grapes is filled with texture and flavor. It's chunky, filling, and mixes up in a snap!
Servings: 10
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 4 cups chicken chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds sliced
  • 1/2 cup green grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup red grapes, cut in half


  • Chop chicken into small cubes. Also chop celery and put aside.
  • Make dressing by whipping heavy whipping cream. Add lemon juice, mayo, salt and pepper and mix together.
  • Add chicken, celery, parsley, almonds and halved grapes. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


Calories: 317kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 461mg, Potassium: 359mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 288IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Exactly how my great aunt made it! Just what I wanted. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I’m a sucker for a good chicken salad sandwich, and these were pure perfection! These are now part of our summer rotation. I love having it on hand to eat throughout the week with the kids being home all day.

  3. What a delicious recipe. I usually mix mayo chicken grapes and almonds, but this recipe really brings it up a notch .

  4. 5 stars
    My hubby always says, “it’s not chicken salad without grapes!” Love the burst of flavor you get, when you bite into a grape. We love this chicken salad!

  5. 5 stars
    We love chicken salad for any meal. It’s quick and simple to put together. Never have to heat up the kitchen.