Chicken salad is a delicious salad made with chicken, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, and salad dressing and sauce. 

But how long is chicken salad good for? Whether you make a chick salad at home or order one from a restaurant, it is advisable to eat it immediately. However, if you have ordered or cooked more than required and want to store it; here are a few facts that you need to know.

How Long Is Chicken Salad Good For?


Generally, refrigerated chicken salad in an airtight container can last between 3 to 5 days, which greatly depends upon the ingredients used to make it. Here are a few things to consider based on different ingredients added to the chicken salad.

  • Mayonnaise goes bad quickly; hence be considerate if its added to your salad.
  • Oil-based (e.g; Vinaigrette) dressing containing salads may loose its taste and quality in 3 to 4 days.
  • If you have added too much sauces or moist ingredients in salads; do not store it for more than a day. As it will lose its crispiness.
  • If you want to take salad with you and travel, try to use a portable refrigerator or eat it within 2 hours of making it.


Freezing salads is generally not a good idea. Although it’s safe to consume it, the thawed salad will not be as fresh and tasty. Here’s are a few reasons why freezing salads is not a good idea;

  • Salads containing mayonnaise or dairy products usually get separated
  • Egg whites will turn rubbery
  • Most vegetables and fruits will start releasing extra water; making the salad soggy

How Can You Tell if a Chicken Salad Has Gone Bad? 

Look for the below signs to know if your salad has gone bad.

Discoloration: The original color alters and goes darker, usually dark gray. At times, a dark green fungus might form on the salad’s surface. 

Moisture: It gets moister. Because of the sauces, the salad is inherently moist, and an extra moist might be a sign of your salad gone bad.

Rotten Smell: You’ll detect a foul, unpleasant odor from a rotten salad.  

Bad Taste: It is recommended that if you find any of the above signs in your salad “DO NOT EAT IT”. However, if you are confused you can always taste a bit of it.  

How to Make Chicken Salad; Recipe


  • 12 cups Almonds. blanched, slivered
  • 2 cups Chicken meat. chopped, cooked
  • 1 Stalk Celery.
  • 1 tbsp Mayonnaise.
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice.
  • 14 tbsp Black pepper. crushed


  • In a frying pan, toast the nuts.
  • Stir regularly while toasting over medium-high heat. They’re easy to burn, so keep an eye on them.
  • Combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, and pepper in a medium mixing basin.
  • Combine the chicken, almonds, and celery in a mixing bowl.
  • Serve it fresh.


What are the calories in a chicken salad? 

779 calories per serving; 44.3 grams of protein; 8.4 grams of carbs; 63.1 grams of fat; 125.9 milligrams of cholesterol; 403 milligrams of sodium.

What happens if you eat a chicken salad that has been sitting around for a while? 

If ruined, a healthy chicken salad can turn into a gastronomic disaster. If you notice any bad smell, taste, or texture; do not eat.

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