Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Sandwiches


Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing day because it comes just once a year. Let everyone else make you breakfast, scratch your back and get you drinks and stuff :). I’m already using it on Saturday saying to my kids “it’s almost Mother’s Day so could you get me some snacks please.” My 5 year old did it. She got me some cupcake flavored goldfish crackers and some water. Kids are the best, really! I’m so grateful to be a mom! Now if your kids are old enough maybe you could get them to make you some of this delicious chicken salad. 

Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Sandwiches | Cooking Classy

Summer is practically here so that means you’ll need to be ready with plenty of chicken salad recipes, right? I love chicken salad for lunch on a hot summer day because it’s served cold, I also love it because it’s perfect for picnics and get togethers plus it’s something my whole family loves. Another thing about it is that always leaves me craving more with all the different flavors and textures. You get the nutty, crunchy goodness from the almonds, the creaminess of the dressing (which has a wonderful blend of sweet, salty and tangy), a juicy sweet bite from the grapes, and of course the delicious hearty flavor from the tender chicken breasts. This time around I decided to do an Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad and we had ours as sandwiches (actually I did one sandwich, one lettuce wrap. Everyone else went with sandwiches). I served it on croissants but if you want to keep things healthy go the lettuce wrap or whole grain bread route. Try it soon, this stuff is delicious! I’m already thinking I need to make it again for lunch this week.

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Almond Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Sandwiches

5 from 2 votes

Yield: About 5 - 6 servings


Chicken Salad

  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts , cooked, chilled and diced into small cubes*
  • 1 1/3 cups red grapes , halved
  • 3/4 cup small diced celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds , toasted
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions (green portion only)


  • 2/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt (I used Fage for this since it has a thicker consistency)
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp salt , or to taste


  1. For the dressing:
  2. Mix all dressing ingredients together in a medium bowl until well combined.
  3. For the salad:
  4. Add all chicken salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl or a salad bowl. Add dressing and toss to evenly coat. Store in refrigerator. Serve within 1 - 2 hours for best results (it's still good for another day but the almonds soften a little and the grapes juices run into the dressing).
  5. *To cook the chicken, I lined a rimmed baking sheet with foil. I pounded chicken to an even thickness and brushed both sides of the chicken lightly with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper and roasted in a preheated 425 degree oven until center registered 165 (this will take anywhere from 15 - 25 minutes depending on thickness of chicken breasts). Then let chill through in the fridge.
  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy


  • Tina: Oh my my … this is one of the nicest post I have ever read about a salad.. I love to include it in my catering services in Mumbai. May 13, 2016 at 6:24am Reply

  • Kathy C.: I have made this salad many times and always a hit. I use “Marie’s” poppy seed dressing and it is delicious…trust me!!! I do some catering and this salad is always requested for wedding and baby showers! (I do not use the green onion but will try it next time) May 12, 2016 at 6:54am Reply

  • Medeja: This salad looks so good! Definitely worth trying May 10, 2016 at 7:03am Reply

  • Kelly: These look and sound insanely delicious, I have just Pinned them for this weekend to make then! Thank you for the recommendation!

    xx Kelly May 9, 2016 at 9:12pm Reply

  • Shari Kelley: This looks like amazing chicken salad, Jaclyn! It is so pretty, too. We have a family chicken salad recipe that I love, but I like that this one has grapes and almonds in it, plus the dressing sounds really good. Can’t wait to try it! May 9, 2016 at 6:18pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: This chicken salad sounds incredible! I need to make it for our picnic next weekend! May 9, 2016 at 9:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you do and I hope you love it Anna :)! May 9, 2016 at 5:33pm Reply

  • Hafsa: Delicious salad recipe I am going to try this soon :) May 9, 2016 at 9:01am Reply

  • Carol Urban: That is the best chicken salad recipe I’ve ever seen. Wish I was there to take a bite! Looks awesome! May 8, 2016 at 2:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Carol! I hope you get a chance to make it soon :)! May 9, 2016 at 1:27am Reply

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