We adore this dill pickle chicken salad. It’s wonderful to make ahead of time and an excellent lunch for the warmer months. Serve with toast or crackers, on sandwiches, in lettuce cups, wraps or on salad!

Lunch is on me today!!

dill pickle chicken salad on a croissant

I’m still on a mission to bring us lots of delicious lunch ideas this year, and right here I’ve got a new favorite! This dill pickle chicken salad is modeled after my summer chicken salad and lemon almond roast chicken salad, but loaded with all the flavor of dill pickles. 

It’s chunky and satisfying with the perfect base of pickle-y yogurt and mayo. 

And it’s classic enough to enjoy in just about any way! Ideal for make-ahead meals as well as summer lunch plates.

plain greek yogurt and sweet relish

I like to do croissants. Or sandwiches. Open-faced on toast, with crackers, in lettuce cups or even on salad. Also scooped up with chips because that is one of the best things ever.

I’m instantly transported to when I was a kid and used to dip my potato chips in the pickle juice that remained on my plate at a summer BBQ. 

Seriously it does not get any better than that. 

dill pickle chicken salad ingredients

One of my longest love affairs is with the dill pickle!

I have loved pickles for as long as I can remember. My mom still talks about how I loved olives and pickles as a baby and that’s never left. I used to eat pickles as a snack after school and I put them on just about anything. Nothing has changed. 

dill pickle chicken salad

Chicken salad is a different story. It’s always been just “meh” for me, except for my mom’s. And only when she would make it without celery. I swear I am not picky – ha! 

But I’ve rambled before about how traditional deli salads are usually too wet and mayo-based for me, so I’ve taken to making my own at home that I feel has the perfect ratio of everything! This is one of those.

dill pickle chicken salad on a croissant

The key to making this extra delicious is to use dill pickle and sweet relish. A mix of both. You could use a mix of both chopped pickles too! I find that makes it extra special. 

To make it, I combine some shredded chicken, diced red onion and chopped pickles in a bowl.

Then I whisk together some plain greek yogurt, a little mayo, the sweet relish, mustard, some fresh and dried herbs and lots of salt and pepper.

Then I combine them! I mix until there is an excellent little chicken salad happening in this bowl and then I go.to.town.

OH YES.

dill pickle chicken salad on a croissant

I adore this and am so excited to have another lunchtime option! It reminds me of my chopped cheeseburger salad that has a dill pickle vinaigrette – I can never get enough of that. It’s drinkable.

So this salad hits the spot and really makes a huge impact as far as my pickle fascination goes.

LIVING for it.

dill pickle chicken salad on a croissant

Dill Pickle Chicken Salad

Dill Pickle Chicken Salad

We adore this dill pickle chicken salad. It's wonderful to make ahead of time and an excellent lunch for the warmer months. Serve with toast or crackers, on sandwiches, in lettuce cups, wraps or on salad!
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • cup chopped dill pickles
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • croissants, toast or crackers for serving

Instructions 

  • Place the chicken, onions and chopped pickles in a large bowl. In another bowl whisk together the yogurt, mayo, relish, mustard, chives, dill and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Add the mixture to the chicken and pickles and toss well. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve with toast, on sandwiches, with crackers, in lettuce cups, on salad and more.
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dill pickle chicken salad on a croissant

Taking a little fluffy croissant nap!