Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  421
  • Protein  30 g
  • Carbohydrates  10 g
  • Fat  29 g
  • Cholesterol  80 mg
  • Sodium  256 mg
  • Potassium  670 mg
  • Phosphorus  270 mg
  • Calcium  66 mg
  • Fiber  2.2 g

Italian Chicken Salad

DaVita renal dietitian Anne from Pennsylvania shares an easy way to use leftover chicken and summer squash to make a quick, tasty lunch or dinner with her kidney-friendly Italian Chicken Salad recipe.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Anne from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 4     Serving size: Approximately 1-1/4 cups, plus 1/2 cup arugula or romaine lettuce


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 sprigs Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked 
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion
  • 2 cups grilled summer squash
  • 2 cups baby arugula


  1. Snip 2 parsley sprigs into small pieces. Chop bell pepper; finely chop onion. Slice grilled squash into half moons.
  2. Mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, snipped parsley and cayenne pepper (optional) in a mixing bowl.
  3. Chop chicken into 1/2-inch cubes.
  4. Add chopped chicken, pepper, onion and squash to the mayonnaise and toss to coat.
  5. Chill at least one hour to allow flavors to blend.
  6. Serve over 1/2 cup of baby arugula or baby romaine lettuce. Garnish with remaining 4 parsley sprigs.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 4 meat
  • 2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Feel free to experiment with different combinations of herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, savory, oregano, etc., depending upon your personal tastes and availability and costs.
  • If you are following a lower protein diet reduce chicken portion to half or to the amount recommended by your dietitian.
  • Please see Chicken in Rosemary-Garlic Sauce and Grilled Summer Squash recipes to use this for a cook once, eat twice recipe.
  • Substitute cooked, diced chicken breast for the Chicken in Rosemary-Garlic Sauce if you did not prepare the recipe. 
  • Replace arugula with baby romaine lettuce if preferred.

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