By Carl Hanson
June 02, 2016

Join us, as we travel the world one delicious grilled chicken salad at a time.

The world's best grilled chicken salads!

This 5-star recipe pairs grilled chicken with a light, bright, clean-tasting Vietnamese slaw. "My Vietnamese mother-in-law makes it just like this, and it's delicious," says rumtum05. "She always adds mint, and I would definitely not go without it. Don't be afraid of the fish sauce."

Vietnamese Chicken Salad
Vietnamese Chicken Salad | Photo by Meredith

Here's another satisfying Vietnamese approach to summer salads. Say it with rice noodles! If you haven't cooked with rice noodles before, watch Chef John make this spicy noodle salad with grilled chicken. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to prep the noodles. In the video, Chef John also unveils his patented "chiffonwad" technique for chopping fresh herbs.

Add grilled chicken to a bed of spinach and you've punched its passport to Florence, Italy -- because culinary tradition decrees that spinach makes almost anything "à la Florentine." Add orzo and sun-dried tomatoes to the mix, and you've trebled this salad's Italian cred. And if you've ever wondered which came first, the Chicken Florentine or the Eggs Florentine -- we'll never tell.

Chicken Florentine Salad
Chicken Florentine Salad | Photo by Marianne

Wait, Spinach and orzo? Aren't they traditional ingredients in Greek cuisine? True. So just for kicks, let's call this salad "à la Grecque." The name works even better if you dress it with olive oil, lemon juice, and Greek seasonings -- which is the actual culinary definition of "à la Grecque." By the way, this recipe doesn't actually call for grilled chicken, but it's always a tasty addition. Try topping it with slices of Greek Style Garlic Chicken Breast.

a square white bowl filled with spinach pasta salad
Spinach and Orzo Salad | Photo by Dianne
| Credit: Dianne

Before we set sail for India, let's spend just a little more time on the sunny, sandy shores of Greece! "This is a great Greek inspired salad with chicken souvlaki, romaine, bell pepper, cucumber, and tomatoes served with tzatziki dressing," says Bren. "Sprinkle with feta cheese if desired."

Chicken Souvlaki Salad
Photo by Bren

6. Tandoori Chicken Salad

This "tandoori" chicken is marinated in mango yogurt, garam masala spices, and lemon juice, then grilled and served with a tangy honey mustard and curry dressing.

"Tandoori chicken gets its name from the clay oven it is traditionally cooked in, the tandoor," explains Chef John. "The chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices, and then roasted in the extremely hot tandoor oven. Don't worry if you don't have a tandoor clay oven sitting in the backyard; a grill will work just fine."

Here's how to make an easy grilled version of tandoori-style chicken:

Chef John's Tandoori Chicken

7. Grilled Wonton Chicken Salad

You know what's terrific in a salad? A crunchy textural counterpoint, like croutons. This salad does it with crispy fried wonton strips. Julie Fegler substituted crispy chow mein noodles for the fried wontons: "Mostly because it makes it simpler," she said. "The salad was wonderfully flavorful and a hit with the whole family."

Grilled Wonton Chicken Salad
Grilled Wonton Chicken Salad | Photo by Molly

8. Caribbean Chicken Salad

Welcome to the islands. We're relaxing grillside with a rum punch and some marinated grilled chicken served on mixed greens with spicy jalapeño peppers, sweet pineapple chunks, and a snappy cider vinegar-based dressing. If you like, try it with Jay's Jerk Chicken

Caribbean Chicken Salad
Caribbean Chicken Salad | Photo by Caroline C

You might also like Cuban Grilled Chicken Salad.

9. Grilled Chicken Taco Salad

OK, we've steamed our way across Asia and through the Caribbean and have pulled into port along the coast of Texas. Time for a Tex-Mexy taco salad. This recipe calls for frying strips of corn tortillas. Edible tostada bowls are an option, too -- what's more fun and efficient than eating the dishes?

Grilled Chicken Taco Salad
Grilled Chicken Taco Salad | Photo by Stirring up Trouble

And finally, some top-rated grilled chicken recipes to add international flair to your favorite summer salads:

Check out our collection of BBQ & Grilled Chicken Salad Recipes.