Sick of “regular” chicken salad? Try this Paleo Tarragon Chicken Salad with toasted pine nuts, apples and a classic egg-free vinaigrette (no mayonnaise!)

Tarragon Chicken Salad Paleo


This gluten-free and dairy-free Tarragon Chicken Salad recipe is one of those (hallelujah) two-step MIX and EAT, utilizing leftover shredded (or chopped) chicken. It brings together tart, sweet, crunchy, creamy, nutty and bright all in one satisfying healthy meal.⁣

I served it over some beautiful local organic sunflower microgreens, but arugula, romaine, kale, or spring mix works too. And if you’re low on greens, serve as a topping for gluten-free crackers, tostones or eat it on it’s own.


To make this an egg-free recipe without using any mayo, I created a classic vinaigrette to toss the salad with that has a nice oil-acid balance. One of the biggest mistakes I see home cooks make is not adding enough acid to their food. Examples of acid include vinegar, citrus juice, fresh garlic, and mustard.


What you need for Paleo Tarragon Chicken Salad:

  • Pre-cooked chicken, diced or shredded

  • Organic apple*

  • Organic celery*

  • Pine nuts

  • Fresh tarragon

  • Raisins

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • White wine vinegar

  • Plain yogurt of choice: dairy, almond, cashew, coconut, etc – the creamier the better

  • Dijon Mustard

  • Lemon Zest

  • Salt and Pepper

* High on the EWG Dirty Dozen list for pesticides and herbicides, so I recommend purchasing organic.



Paleo Tarragon Chicken Salad



If you need to make any substitutions, here are a few examples: 

  • Jicama for apples

  • Cashews or pecans for pine nuts

  • Canned light tuna for chicken

  • Dried cranberries for raisins

  • Apple cider vinegar for white wine vinegar

  • Egg-free or egg mayo for yogurt


Lastly, if you’re looking for any other easy gluten-free make ahead lunch recipes:

Paleo Pineapple Chicken and Broccoli

Balsamic Chicken Veggie Bowl

Turkey Stir Fry with Ginger Sauce



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Tarragon Chicken Salad with Pine Nuts and Apples

  • Author: Alaena Haber
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 3 min
  • Total Time: 13 minutes



2 cups pre-cooked shredded plain chicken, cold or room temperature⁣
1 cup diced celery⁣
1 cup diced gala apple⁣
¼ cup toasted pine nuts*⁣
3 tablespoons raisins⁣
2 tablespoons chopped tarragon, tightly packed⁣ ⁣

Egg Free Vinaigrette

3 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil⁣
2 tablespoons plain yogurt of choice (almond, coconut, cashew etc)⁣
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar⁣
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard⁣
1 teaspoon sea salt⁣
½ teaspoon grated lemon zest⁣
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper⁣ ⁣


1. In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients.⁣

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Toss with the chicken salad until well combined. Serve over greens of choice.⁣ ⁣

*toast pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant and lightly golden – about 3 minutes – watching carefully not to burn.⁣



Tarragon Chicken Salad Paleo