Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad
Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad is one of my favorite dishes to throw together in a hurry and eat for the next few days. My kids and husband love this chicken salad and I love all the great flavors and vegetables it has. The best part? You can eat it however you see fit. I like to use mini bell peppers, celery, and cucumber to dip into the chicken salad. My kids liked it served on top of cracker, and my husband likes it on toasted whole grain bread with extra mayo on the bread. No matter how you eat it, it’s great.

This simple summer chicken salad salad is also a really great dish to take to friends and family who need a meal. Whether they have a new baby in the house or have a sick family member, this simple dish is sure to please. I love that it doesn’t need to be heated or cooked before eating. It’s the perfect thing to grab when you are hungry and need something now. Add some fruit, cut up veggies, and even a bag of your favorite potato chips and a loaf of bread and you’ll be sending a bag of cheer that is ready on demand with no effort on their part. Bonus points if you send along some of these chocolate chip cookies.

Today I’m thinking about my friend Ashley who blogs over at Center Cut Cook. I’ve mentioned her before and I’m going to again. Her little family has gone through so much in the last year. Her husband is a year into chemo for stage 4 colon cancer and their miracle baby needs both a liver and a kidney transplant (he’s on the liver list right now and could get it any time!). And the icing on the cake this week? They were in a car wreck and their car is totaled. Seriously.

Today bloggers all over the country are sharing Ashley’s story and asking you fine folks to donate in their name. Enough $1 donations can add up quick. We are doing a big push today and I can’t wait to see the results. The internet is full of amazing big-hearted people. If you are able, please thing about a donation. If that isn’t in the cards right now prayers are always needed as well as help spreading the word. Feel free to share their story on your own social media platforms (facebook, twitter, IG, anything).

Here’s another perk of today. I have links to all kinds of recipes that are perfect for taking to a friend. You can find all of them at the bottom of the post. Pin this for later because I know I’m not the only one needed meal ideas when the time to serve comes!

Here is more information:
Donation Page (this page has great social sharing buttons, so share away!)
Ashley’s first blog post about Ryan’s cancer
Ashley’s first blog post about Miley’s (cutest baby ever) diagnosis
Ashley’s facebook page that gives medical updates on both of her men

Thank you! I’m so glad to share this with you today.

Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad

If you try this summer chicken salad, let me know what you think! Leave a comment, pin it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #blessthismesseat on Instagram. I love to see your kitchen skills in action!


Summer Chicken Salad


  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 cup chopped grapes
  • 1/3 to ½ cups good mayonnaise (homemade wins!)
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ¾ cup chopped sweet bell peppers
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • Small handful of fresh spinach, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients and stir well. Add more mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste. Serve on bread, dip it on to crackers, eat it on celery and mini sweet bell peppers. Store any leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad

Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad

Here are all those links:
Sugar Dish Me made this Easy Chicken Broccoli Bake
That Skinny Chick Can Bake made Mexican Chicken Manicotti
Food faith & Fitness made a Paleo Casserole with Turkey, Peppers, Zucchini, and Tomato

Spend with Pennies made Chicken Noodle Casserole (from Scratch)

Wishes & Dishes made this Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini

Frugal Foodie Mama made Pizza Pierogi Casserole

Snappy Gourmet made Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole

Miss in the Kitchen made a Chicken and Mushroom Tortellini Bake

Life, Love, and Good Food made this Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Bless This Mess made Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad

Mandy’s Recipe Box collected 30 Freezer Meals

Hugs and Cookies made Baked Parmesan Meatball Casserole

Barbara Bakes made this Veal & Wild Mushroom Stew

A Cedar Spoon made Sausage, Roasted Red Pepper, & Gouda Macaroni & Cheese

It’s Yummi made an Easy Cheese & Sausage Pizza Bake

A Family Feast made these Easy Freezer Meatballs

Stuck on Sweet made Homemade Goulash

Two Healthy Kitchens made a 5-Ingredient Easy Pasta Bake

 It Bakes Me Happy made a Peach Skillet Galette

Mini confession – I forgot about this post when I told you I’d share that starwberry pie recipe today. Oops! I hope you can wait until Monday!

Summer Chicken Salad
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6 Responses
  1. Ummm can I just tell you how genius it is to chop up spinach and put it in a chicken salad? Why didn’t I think of that?! OMG I could definitely sneak some greens into my kids diets with that! Thanks! Great working with you on this project too. 🙂

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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