My Favorite Chicken Salad – A little sweetness from the grapes, a little crunch from the nuts, and the perfect blend of flavors. Serve it on lettuce leaves, apple slices, bread, croissants, or crackers. Yum!
Oh, chicken salad. Official food of ladies’ get togethers, baby and bridal showers, luncheons, and hot summer days…I love you. Seriously, I loooove chicken salad. Michael does too. And every time we eat it, we wonder why we only have it 1-2 times a year.
There are more variations of chicken salad than I can count, and, truthfully, I like most of them. This, however, is my very favorite, and pretty much the only one I make. It’s my favorite combination of crunchy, salty, sweet, and even a little creamy (not too much mayo please!). To me, it’s one of those occasions where the end result seems far better than the ingredients. Accordingly, use the best you can. Find some great-looking crisp grapes, use fresh celery, and use high-quality mayonnaise (I prefer olive oil mayonnaise).
As I said, this is my favorite version, though it’s incredibly customizable. Whether you make your own rotisserie-style chicken at home or buy one pre-made at the store, you basically just combine the chicken with a few different fruits, vegetables, and nuts in a bowl, put it between two slices of bread (or, better, a croissant) and call it a day. Use dried cranberries or apples (or both!) instead of the grapes, switch to pecans or toasted almonds instead of cashews, or stir in a pinch of curry powder or fresh herbs. Make it your own!
The amounts listed below are totally approximate measurements. You’ll have to decide what proportions look good to you, so please know there aren’t any hard and fast rules.Print