Cucumber Chicken Salad Bites are a refreshing, high-protein, veggie-filled snack. Gluten-free and can be dairy-free or egg-free.
- About Chicken Salad Cucumber Bites
- How to Make Cucumber Chicken Salad Bites
- Recipe Tips
About Chicken Salad Cucumber Bites
These refreshing cucumber chicken salad bites are an excellent snack or light lunch. You can throw them together in under 10-15 minutes, and thanks to the cucumbers, you get a serving or two of veggies with your protein-packed chicken salad.
They are just slices of cucumbers filled with chicken salad, but their simplicity doesn't take away from their tastiness.
Whether you decide to use a classic deli-style chicken salad like this chicken salad without mayo, one with a little more pizzazz like the buffalo chicken salad, or an allergy-friendly hummus chicken salad, you'll love these little chicken salad appetizers.
And if you want to go extra cucumber bite love, you can also add some of these hummus cucumber bites too!
Cucumbers: Use any type of cucumber. English cucumber, also known as a seedless cucumber, European cucumber, or hothouse cucumber, works well because they have fewer seeds, so there is less to scoop out (and more room for the chicken salad). But a regular cucumber will be fine. One medium English cucumber makes about 8-10 slices.
Chicken Salad: The best chicken salad to use is the one you like the most or have on hand. This classic chicken salad without mayo is what you see in photos. These would also be delish with Buffalo Chicken Salad, Hummus Chicken Salad, and Curry Avocado Chicken Salad.
Cost of Recipe
- cucumbers 2: $3
- chicken salad 1 cup: $2.58 (using cost for chicken salad recipe)
TOTAL COST: $5.58 or $2.79/serving (Based on San Diego grocery stores 2022)
Note that this is not the recipe; it's simply to show the cost breakdown of ingredients. Be sure to scroll down to the full recipe to see the specific ingredients and directions.
How to Make Cucumber Chicken Salad Bites
Time needed: 10 minutes
Chicken salad bites are quick and easy. Here's how to make them:
- Slice the cucumbers into about ¼-inch thick slices.
- Scoop out most of the seeds.
Make sure to leave a small layer of cucumber at the bottom of the slice
- Fill each slice with about one tablespoon of chicken salad.
Save the scooped-out cucumber. Add to water to flavor it. Or you can freeze them and add to a smoothie or use them as ice cubes for flavored water.
Cucumbers: Regular cucumbers can be used instead of English cucumbers. In a pinch, zucchini is another option.
To change the flavor of these chicken salad bites, simply change the chicken salad.
They really will work with all chicken salads, and tuna salad could be substituted as well.
How to Make Allergy-Friendly
These are gluten-free as long as the chicken salad doesn't have it, which it generally does not. Your chicken salad could possibly have egg (if it's made with mayo), dairy (if it's made with cottage cheese or yogurt), or nuts (if they are included). Be sure to check the ingredients list.
How to Fix a Mistake
Scooping a hole into the cucumber slice: No worries. The chicken salad is thick enough that it shouldn't fall through the hole. Simply spoon the chicken salad on the cucumber slices and serve.
You can prepare these 24 hours ahead of time if you want. I recommend slicing the cucumbers and then scooping the chicken salad into the cucumber slices when you're ready to serve.
After about one day, the cucumber slices start to lose their crunch.
Store these chicken salad appetizers in an airtight container in the fridge. Do not freeze these because they do not freeze well.
Chicken salad differs in nutritional value, but it does provide a nice serving of protein.
Cucumbers are hydrating. They are high in antioxidants and Vitamin K which aids in blood clotting and bone building.
What to Serve with Chicken Salad Cucumber Bites
Because these chicken salad appetizers are low-carb, be sure to serve some chips, a slice of bread, or a bowl of fruit on the side. You can also serve them as an appetizer along with other apps like hummus stuffed peppers, bacon-wrapped tater tots, or sliders.
You can also sprinkle these with some fresh herbs like parsley, thyme, or rosemary.
Chicken salad on cucumber slices might not seem exciting, but they are a satisfying and refreshing snack.
If you're looking to eat more vegetables but not in the mood to eat lettuce, add these chicken salad bites to your day.
MORE VEGGIE-FILLED SNACK RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE:
- Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers
- Cucumber Hummus Cups
- Berry Green Smoothie
- Zucchini Pizza Bites
- Easy Homemade Salsa
Cucumber Chicken Salad Bites
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 cup chicken salad
- Slice the cucumbers into ¼-inch slices.
- Scoop most of the seeds out of each slice. But leave enough so there is still some cucumber on the bottom.
- Spoon about one tablespoon of chicken salad on each slice. Enjoy!
What to Use in This Recipe
This post was originally published on August 26, 2014. Text, recipe, and photos have been updated.
Cucumber Chicken Salad Bites Nutrition Facts
*Calculated using this no mayo chicken salad recipe
*One cucumber makes about 8-12 slices, so the serving size is approximate. The nutrition facts are based on eating half of the recipe.
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