These no mayo cherry chicken salad lettuce wraps are the perfect Whole30 “sandwich”! This quick and easy weekend prep recipe lasts all week, and gets better the longer it marinates. Elevate your packed lunch with this crunchy, tangy, sweet, and savory Whole30 chicken salad recipe.
Hey, hey, hey Whole30 friends! Guess what day it is? No, it’s not cheat day. No…it’s not the end of the challenge. It’s Whole30 hump day! That’s right, today is the start of the second half of your January Whole30 journey. Huzzah!
The halfway point is critical. By now you’ve probably kissed the carb flu buh-bye (so real, so brutal). You may have dropped a few pounds, and your skin is probably dewey AF. You’re likely sleeping like a teenager, and waking up feeling all bright and shiny. And it only gets better from here.
All that being said, you might still be feeling out some organizational strategies to make mealtimes less hectic. Two weeks is hardly habit-forming, so if you’re not really into a groove yet, that’s totally fine – and in fact pretty close to completely normal. Most experts say it takes up to six weeks to form new habits, so be patient with yourself and focus on getting a little bit better every day.
Enter the practice of lunch prep. Setting aside a couple hours over the weekend to cook and prepare your lunches for the work week will make a huge difference in how you approach your midday meal:
- You won’t fuss about what to pack for lunch each day. Say yes to less stress and more calm.
- You’ll feel a sense of control and power over your midday meal choices.
- You’ll save time and moolah during the week. No extra modifications to your take-out, no hodge-podging a compliant meal at the convenience or grocery store.
These simple benefits are actually huge, and completely worth the effort.
This dried cherry chicken salad is one of my favorite lunch prep recipes for January Whole30. It’s fast, easy on the eyes (and on the prep!), gets better as it marinates, and makes a super duper portable packed lunch. This no mayo chicken salad is loaded with vegetables (hello nutrients!) and the perfect balance of sweet, savory, crunchy and tangy.