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air fryer salad

Air Fryer Salad Recipe (Healthy Chicken Salad in Air Fryer!)

Summer Yule
Can you air fry salad? Absolutely! There are a variety of air fryer salad recipes you can make, including this air fryer salad!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 499 kcal


  • 1 lb. marinated chicken in air fryer (454 grams)
  • 1 lb. fennel 454 grams; about 11 ounces (312 grams) after trimming and coring
  • 20 ounces mandarin oranges, packed in juice (567 grams; canned)
  • 10 ounces baby arugula (284 grams; also known as rocket)
  • ½ cup kalamata olives, sliced
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds, toasted
  • ¼ cup pistachios, toasted and chopped
  • 2-4 tablespoons fennel fronds, chopped (for garnish)

For the air fryer salad dressing:

  • 6 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (use sugar-free syrup to keep it added sugar free)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Make the marinated chicken in air fryer recipe, chill it, and chop into bite-sized pieces.
  • Prepare your fennel bulb by removing the stalks and core. Slice the fennel into very thin half moons using either the slicing blade of a food processor, a mandoline, or a good knife.
  • Drain the canned mandarin oranges.
  • Divide the baby arugula between four salad containers or serving bowls.
  • Top each bowl of lettuce with an even amount of sliced fennel bulb, oranges, cooked chicken, olives, pistachios, and sunflower seeds. Garnish with the fennel fronds.

To make the air fryer salad dressing:

  • Put all the salad dressing ingredients in a jar, place a lid on the jar, and shake well.
  • Drizzle the salad with the dressing right before serving. Enjoy!


This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). Air fryer salads are a great way to make low calorie, high volume meals to help support your weight loss goals.
This salad is under 500 calories per serving, provides ample protein, as well as an abundance of high-volume, non-starchy veggies. I’d consider this recipe ideal for those who have a fat loss goal. 
For those with higher energy needs, add a side of whole grain bread or crackers. You could also make this higher calorie with more low carb ingredients like nuts, seeds, olives, and olive oil.
This salad offers a lot of nutrition and is perfect as a summer or winter salad. The fennel is so refreshing, and using the air fryer means you won’t heat the house with the oven. The canned fruit in this recipe is great at any time of the year.
Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipe. The exact nutrition information for your air fryer salad will depend on the ingredients you use and your portion size.


Calories: 499kcalCarbohydrates: 45.3gProtein: 30gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gPotassium: 797.9mgFiber: 6.3gVitamin A: 48.5% DVVitamin C: 80.7% DVCalcium: 16.3% DVIron: 19.9% DV
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