Chicken & Brussels Sprouts Salad

I rely on this Paleo chicken salad recipe for an easy way to use up leftover roasted chicken from my weekly meal prep!

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1/2 pound of brussels sprouts (2-ish cups once sliced)
1/2 Granny Smith apple
1/2 cup quartered green grapes
1/2 cup chopped almonds
2 chicken breasts, chopped
1/2 white onion, finely diced

2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
1 TBSP quality brown mustard
1 TBSP avocado oil
1 TBSP raw local honey
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
few grinds of black pepper

Cut the brussels sprouts in half and thinly slice. Do the same with the Granny Smith apple, slicing into matchsticks. The peel doesn’t bother me, so I keep it on. Grab a handful of grapes and quarter them, you should end up with about a half cup. Chop the half cup of almonds. Finely dice the white onion. Scallions would work too if you prefer a more mild onion flavor… though the white did not overpower.

I picked up a rotisserie chicken this week and used the thigh and leg meat in my Garden-Topped Portobellos.  I was hoping to make a chicken salad with the breasts, getting two meals from one $5 pre-cooked chicken. Remove the breasts and chop into bite-sized pieces. Combine all of these ingredients into a large bowl and gently toss the Brussels sprouts salad.

Whipping up the vinaigrette takes seconds.  Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over the Brussels sprouts salad and toss to bring together.

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Clean, fresh and flavorful… and won’t get nasty if it sits in your fridge for a day. Great to-go lunch material!

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  1. Emily says

    I made this for a picnic this weekend, and it got rave reviews! I actually took a shortcut from the grocery store and used the pre-chopped broccoli slaw mix instead of shredding the Brussels, since I was on a time crunch. It was SO good!!

  2. Tracy says

    Are you supposed to cook the brussel sprouts? I have never had brussel sprouts raw and I don’t think my IBS gut would do well with them raw as I cannot overdo it on the brussel sprouts anyway as they make me gasy if I load up on them.



    • says

      Nope! You know how coleslaw is made out of raw cabbage? Well, think of Brussels sprouts as mini cabbages. That’s why they are uncooked in this salad. They give it a crisp, crunchy texture that goes great with the other ingredients. If you are concerned they won’t digest comfortably then I would not recommend that you eat this recipe.

  3. Donna says

    Made this wonder just last evening…marvelous!
    Question…should the vinaigrette “marry” with the other ingredients several hours or overnight?..I mixed everything up just minutes before sitting down to dinner…and it seemed as if there wasn’t quite enough “sauce”…so I doubled the vinaigrette….Was this just “wrong”?!…It was delicious. I used a balsamic grainy mustard and sliced almonds (in the pantry!)…Thank you for such Paleo with the umami factor…

    • says

      As long as you’re enjoying it, then nothing is wrong! :-) One of the best things about this salad is that it is better the next day. I usually make a double batch so that I can have it the next day too.

  4. Alexa says

    I made this tonight using one bag of Trader Joes shredded Brussels sprouts and 1 bag of Trader Joes Cruciferious crunch (Brussels, kale, red cabbage and broccoli shredded). It cut down on the prep time and made this super easy. Delicious!

    • popularpaleo says

      Nope! If I remember right, it fed three adults lunch-sized servings, plus a little to spare. And it saves great in case you needed good to-go lunch material.

  5. Lindsey says

    Hi, this looks delicious! I was just wondering, are the brussels sprouts raw in this recipe? I didn’t realize you could eat raw brussels sprouts. Thanks!!

    • says

      Absolutely–think coleslaw! They have the same texture as regular cabbage with a slightly milder taste. This salad is solid for leftovers too. It’s one of my favorite recipes!

    • says

      I’m not sure… I gave up counting calories a long time ago. I believe there are online calorie counters that will tally everything up for you based on the ingredients provided. Hopefully you can find something along those lines to help you out.

  6. says

    This is a great recipe to have at the ready for packing a quick lunch. We featured this recipe today in our Paleo Recipes Worth Sharing segment on our facebook page. You take such great pictures of your food. Do you have a photography background?

    • says

      Thank you for sharing this on your page! I really do love this recipe and make it often. Good for leftovers too!

      You’re gonna laugh — I take ALL my pictures with my iPhone 4S!!! No photography background either… just having fun :-) I gotta say, it has become one of my favorite parts of blogging.

  7. Elisa says

    Thank you, your recipe is fast and super tasty – Even my daughter who’s not a big salad fan liked it:) Last weekend me and my family finished the whole 8 weeks of the Paleo meal plan ( and we’re now celebrating our success with browsing and trying new paleo recipes 😀


  1. […] 13. Chicken & Brussels Sprouts Salad This is a Paleo chicken salad that your mother would approve of because you’re finally eating your Brussels sprouts. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying it. Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable and are definitely one of the veggies you’ll want to add to your regular menu. They contain plenty of fiber to help your digestion and keep things moving. To help flavor things up they’re bringing out the big dogs in the form of apples and grapes, so you’re getting some sweet from the fruit, savory from the chicken, and crunchy goodness from the Brussels sprouts. […]

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