This delicious, creamy chicken mushroom salad is inspired by a Russian recipe called ‘Salat Sherlock’ and can be enjoyed over shredded lettuce and favourite veggies or as a filling in a wrap or a sandwich. This chicken salad recipe is gluten-free paleo, Whole30 and keto-friendly.
While going through a rabbit hole of YouTube recipe videos, I stumbled upon a Russian salad called Sherlock. It looked like a paleo and keto-friendly chicken salad, so I decided to try it out for the blog. The reason behind the name is that for a seemingly simple dish, this chicken salad has a somewhat unique flavour (delicious, by the way!) which takes the person eating it on a bit of detective journey trying to guess what is actually inside. Hence the name ‘Sherlock’.
Well, I will tell you what’s inside and show you how to make it below. I really enjoyed it myself and we had it both as chicken lettuce wraps and used leftovers in quesadillas. It’s super simple to make and keeps well for a few days, so you can enjoy it for lunches, dinner or as a quick snack.
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR THIS CREAMY CHICKEN SALAD
This paleo and keto chicken salad is made with the following simple ingredients:
- Pre-cooked chicken meat (you can use chicken breasts or thighs, I use roasted chicken you can pick up from the deli section of your supermarket)
- Marinated mushrooms – you know the ones you see in the pickles/gherkins section or sometimes in a can. They add a little acidity to the salad, which you won’t get from fresh mushrooms. If you do want to slice up some fresh button mushrooms, add a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to the salad.
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Onion – it’s diced and sauteed first.
- Crushed walnuts, which you could swap for almonds, hazelnuts or whatever you have in the pantry.
- Dressing of mayonnaise, salt, pepper and I add a little mustard and grated garlic (not pictured here).
HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN SALAD
Find the full recipe, ingredients and nutritional breakdown in the recipe card below. Here are some step-by-step photos to guide you along. Store the salad in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
This paleo and keto-friendly creamy chicken salad comes with sliced marinated mushrooms, eggs and walnuts in a mayonnaise dressing and is super simple to prepare. You can have it with shredded salad and veggies or as a filling in lettuce wraps. It’s gluten-free and Whole30 friendly as well.
3 hard-boiled eggs, diced
1.5–2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
110 g / 4 oz walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise
250 g / 8-9 oz cooked chicken meat, shredded or diced into cubes
160–200 g / 6-7 oz marinated mushrooms, sliced (see notes)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Dijon or yellow mustard
1 garlic clove, crushed or minced (optional)
1 spring onion, chopped for final garnish (optional)
Cos or gem lettuce leaves to serve with
- Cook the eggs to hard-boiled if you don’t have them ready ahead of time. Simply add 3 eggs to a pot of cold water, bring to a boil and cook for 8-9 minutes. Drain and leave in cold water for a few minutes before peeling.
- Heat olive oil in a medium frying pan and add the onions. Saute for 4-5 minutes until soft and golden.
- In the meantime, shred or dice the chicken and eggs and slice the mushrooms. Crush or chop the walnuts.
- Combine everything with the fried onions, salt, pepper, mayonnaise and mustard. I really like adding one clove of grated or minced garlic for a little sharpness but this is optional. Mix everything until well combined with mayo. Serve in a bowl with a few extra walnuts on top and some chopped spring onion or chives.
- Enjoy with lettuce wraps/cups, in a tortilla wrap, with a side of garden salad. You can also use this chicken salad to stuff baked potatoes or sweet potatoes or use it as a filling in a sandwich.
Using marinated or pickled mushrooms adds a little acidity to this salad. They usually come in a jar (like these) and can be found next to gherkins and sun-dried tomatoes in the supermarket. If using fresh button mushrooms, add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to the salad.
Keywords: Chicken, Chicken Salad, Salad, Mushrooms, Eggs, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30