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Easy, Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad lettuce cups with a hint of honey is a perfectly delicious, light lunch that is perfect for spring and summer!

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad lettuce cups

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Lunch Dilemma

I’m always on the lookout for new, easy, delicious lunch recipes. I work from home and I get bored of leftovers every day. This recipe started out as a marinade for chicken a few months ago. I always love making dressings to marinade chicken in and this Cilantro Lime Honey dressing is phenomenal. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work well as a marinade. The delicacy of flavors was lost in the cooking process, so I decided to switch it up.

You can always drizzle the Cilantro Lime Honey dressing over a salad, it’s delicious, but tossing it with some mayo and the dressing? Divine. In lettuce cups, it’s the perfect light lunch.

Cilantro Lime Honey Dressing

Cilantro Lime Honey Dressing

I love homemade dressings. My best friend and I used to make a basil honey dressing (I NEED to find that recipe), that was so good, but my husband is allergic to basil, so I started making this version with cilantro. It’s so good. The perfect balance of sweet and tangy. I like to add a bit of chili powder for heat, but you could also add a little bit of jalapeno instead.

The dressing is simple, just through it all in a magic bullet and its ready. It will store for quite a bit of time in the refrigerator.

If you are one of those people who thinks cilantro tastes like soap, try this recipe using this Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette from A Dash of Megnut!

Lettuce cups with cilantro lime dressing overhead shot

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

After you’ve blended up this amazing dressing, it’s as easy as mixing a few tablespoons of cilantro lime honey dressing with mayo (you could even make this Homemade Mayo from Everyday Maven), chicken, and I like to add some pecans or walnuts.

This salad is perfect to serve in butter lettuce cups with some fresh tomato. If it strikes your fancy, you can always put it on some gluten free bread or just eat it by itself. I’ve been known to keep a container in the fridge to snack on.

So tell me, what’s your favorite way to eat chicken salad? Lettuce cups or on a gluten free sandwich?

If you’re looking for more great lunch ideas, check out this 10-minute hummus wrap from Meaningful Eats! This Strawberry, Beet and Carrot Juice from Perchance to Cook will also pair perfectly with this for a light summer lunch.

If you love cilantro as much as I do, be sure to check out these other great cilantro recipes- Peruvian Arroz Con Pollo, Seco de Res, and Crispy Tacos with Cilantro Aioli.

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups on serving plate
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4.62 from 18 votes

Easy, Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad Cups

Prep Time15 minutes


Cilantro Lime Honey Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

  • 2 cups chopped chicken breasts
  • 3 Tablespoons Cilantro Honey Lime Dressing
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Mayo
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • butter lettuce
  • chopped tomato


Cilantro Lime Honey Dressing

  • Place all ingredients in a blender.
  • Blend until well combined.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

  • Toss cilantro lime honey dressing, mayo, and chicken together.
  • Fold in chopped nuts, if using.
  • Serve in lettuce cups with chopped tomato.

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    Patti Walsdorf
    March 10, 2020 at 9:37 am

    I am looking for the directions. How are you cooking the chicken?

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      April 27, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      I just cook it with salt and pepper, or sometimes if I have leftover rotisserie chicken, that works well also!

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    alyssa | everydaymaven
    September 12, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for linking to my homemade mayo! I am obsessed with cilantro so need to make this ASAP!

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      September 15, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      I need to try making homemade mayo! Everyone says it’s so easy, but I’ve just never tried.

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    March 26, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Yum! I love the combo of cilantro and lime. And putting it in lettuce cups is a nice refreshing touch!

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      March 26, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      I love cilantro and lime as well!

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    Deborah Hunter Kells
    March 21, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Wasnt sure if my comment went through with a bad connection. Just wanted to say how much I like the combo of lime, honey and chilli – oh and garlic – can’t forget that!

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      March 26, 2018 at 10:03 am

      It’s so good! I really need to make some for lunch today!

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    Amanda Martin
    March 21, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Great lunch idea! I love lettuce wraps because they are so low carb – leaves more room for snacks later 😉

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    March 21, 2018 at 9:46 am

    This is a lovely lunch idea! I am used to filling lettuce cups with Asian flavors…not sure why I haven’t put this flavor twist on it yet. Yum!

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      March 26, 2018 at 10:06 am

      It’s really good, I love the sweet with the cilantro!

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    Aditi Wardhan Singh
    March 21, 2018 at 8:42 am

    This is soooooooooooo delicious. I just love it. So yummy. I love letttuce wraps. And this is so easy to do too. And a great take on it.

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      March 26, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Thanks! We really enjoyed it!

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    Kate Andrews
    March 21, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I don’t eat chicken but could easily do these with fish or shrimp and they sound delicious! Adding this to my recipe file. Thanks!

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      March 26, 2018 at 10:07 am

      This would be great with shrimp! I actually have another shrimp salad recipe that I did in avocados. Amazing!

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