This bright and fresh Lemon Dill Chicken Salad is the perfect choice for a tasty summer meal.
This simple recipe has just 8 ingredients yet tastes like a dish you’d enjoy at a fancy restaurant brunch!
Make a big batch of this simple lemon dill chicken salad recipe and enjoy it all week long for delicious and quick weekday lunches.
This tasty chicken salad with lemon and dill is my family’s favorite summer picnic dish. Pack a cooler and serve it sandwich style on slices of bread with this delicious southwest pasta salad on the side for a spectacular spring or summer picnic.
Lemon Dill Chicken Salad Recipe Tips
- make this chicken salad healthier by switching out some or all of the mayonnaise for your favorite plain yogurt
- if you love onion, switch out the sweet onion for red onion
How long will Lemon Dill Chicken Salad last?
Store your lemon dill chicken salad in the refrigerator and enjoy for up to four days.
How to serve Chicken Salad
- sandwich – Enjoy it on your favorite sandwich bread with a bit of lettuce, or get creative and serve it in a croissant.
- wrap – You can’t go wrong with a bed of crispy lettuce and lemon dill chicken salad in a wrap.
- crackers – Serve your lemon chicken salad with crackers for a fabulous summer appetizer.
- all by itself – This lemon dill chicken salad is so delicious, you really don’t need any bread or crackers with it! Make it pretty by serving it on top of a bed of lettuce.
How to make super simple, yet delicious Lemon Dill Chicken Salad
Chicken – You’ll need precooked and shredded chicken for your lemon chicken salad with dill. I prefer chicken salad made with both light and dark meat, but it’s also delicious simply using a few leftover chicken breasts. The simplest way to make this chicken salad is to use a grocery store rotisserie chicken. I also often make this recipe using whole chickens I’ve prepared the day before in my instapot.
Mayonnaise– I recommend using your favorite, tried and true mayo here. My mom swears by Dukes and would never use anything else. I prefer a mayo with olive oil to make the chicken salad a bit lighter. As I mentioned above, you can also switch out some (or all) of the mayonnaise for plain yogurt or even sour cream if you prefer. I prefer wetter chicken salad, if you like a drier chicken salad you might want to reduce the mayonnaise to 1/2 a cup.
Sugar– You’ll want a little sugar to tone down the tartness of the lemon in this chicken salad recipe. You can add more or less according to your taste.
Dijon mustard– A little dijon really brings out the flavors in the lemon dill chicken salad!
Lemon- You’ll need the zest of one lemon and some juice for your chicken salad.
Dill– Fresh dill is what really makes this recipe shine. I don’t recommend switching it out for dried dill.
Celery– Chopped celery adds a nice crunch to this chicken salad. Feel free to increase or decrease the amount for your own tastes.
Sweet onion – I think a tiny bit of sweet onion really takes this chicken salad recipe up a notch. You can omit the onion all together if you prefer.
Mix the mayonnaise, dijon mustard, and sugar in a medium bowl.
Mix the lemon juice and lemon zest into the mayonnaise mixture.
Add the chopped dill.
Stir in the celery and onion.
Finally add the chicken, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
- 4 cups shredded chicken
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise (reduce to 1/2 for a drier chicken salad)
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- zest of one lemon (about 1 teaspoon)
- 2 teaspoons fresh chopped dill
- 1/2 cup celery
- 1/8 cup sweet onion
- Mix mayonnaise, dijon mustard, and sugar in a medium bowl
- Add lemon juice and lemon zest, mixing well
- Stir in the chopped dill
- Mix in celery and onion.
- Stir the shredded chicken into the mixture.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.