Good chicken salad is meaty, fresh and satisfying. Easy to make, you can enjoy it in sandwiches at home or on the go.
A favorite lunch spot in our city has chicken salad that everyone raves over. Another spot, which has since closed, used to make theirs special by including dried fruit in it. From curried versions to classics, there are so many ways to make this classic salad.
This chicken salad is the best, in my very subjective opinion.
This version is robust and fresh, filled with grapes, apple, pecans, celery and more. And, like any chicken salad recipe, it’s flexible. Serve it on bread or croissants. Or, if you prefer, make lettuce wraps with it.
You could even scoop some onto a salad for lighter fare.
However you make it, just do.
How to Make Chicken Salad
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, it’s time to begin making the salad. Start by dicing your chicken, celery, apples, nuts and grapes. You’ll want them all cut into uniformly small pieces.
Next, you’ll need to make the dressing. It’s a simple combination of mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Just stir it together and voila! All set to bring together the flavors of this chicken salad.
Now comes the mixing. (Have I mentioned how easy this recipe is to make?) Combine the chicken, fruits, nuts and celery. Then drizzle with the dressing.
Mix it on up. You want to give this chicken salad a good stir to ensure all the bits and pieces get fully coated with the dressing.
See how pretty the salad is stirred together? It’s almost time to enjoy it.
Finally, pile the salad onto slices bread, croissant, lettuce, salad or whatever vehicle you want to use to enjoy this. You can use as much or as little as you want to get just the right sandwich experience.
Now, you’re ready. If you are packing this in a lunchbox, do make sure you follow lunch box safety practices to ensure this can be enjoyed safely after transport.
Happy eating! As with any sandwich, the bread matters so take care to choose bread you love.
- 4 cups chicken, cooked and diced
- 1 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half or quartered
- 1 cup red apple, diced, optional
- 2 celery ribs (1 cup), chopped
- 1 cup pecans, walnuts or almonds, chopped or sliced
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Bread or Croissants
- Cut chicken and add to large bowl
- Cut grapes, apple, celery and pecans, add to bowl
- Add mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper
- Stir together until well combined
- Cover and refrigerate at least one hour before serving
- Serve on bread or croissants with lettuce, or whatever you prefer
- Store leftovers in airtight container in refrigerator