Chicken salad is a delicious, cool and healthy treat. Great for a quick dinner, a buffet or a picnic. Learn the basics to create your own chicken salads.
Chicken Salad Basic Recipe
Chicken salad is a great treat for lunch, dinner or to take to a potluck. There are many variations of chicken salad you can make, but present here the basic recipe.
- Diced, cooked chicken chunks
- Chopped celery
- Chopped onion
- Seedless grapes, white or purple
We didn't suggest any measurements here because you can determine the amounts you need for your family or size of dish you are taking for a potluck.
- Place the cooled chicken chunks in a bowl. Mix the other ingredients together and pour over the chicken chunks and blend together.
You can add almond slices or pecans for a crunchy treat, hard boiled sliced egg or lemon juice to the mixture for added flavor. Also, use low fat mayonnaise for a healthier treat.
Make it personal, add your own flavors and other ingredients to adapt the dish to your personal taste as in this tropical fruit and chicken salad.
Chicken salad can be served with bread for sandwiches, on a leaf of lettuce for a nice summertime treat or as a side dish with dinner or at a potluck. I've never seen a chicken salad that didn't get demolished at a potluck or graduation party.
If you are looking for a recipe for a party, find also ideas for chicken pasta salads.
The Good About a Chicken Salad
Chicken salad can also be economical. Who couldn't use a little economical help these days? Grocery stores often have chicken on sale, so when it is, purchase a large amount of it. Then have a cooking day and make a large batch of Chicken Salad. Place a big bowl in your fridge for easy access. Your family will grab it for a quick lunch and when you need a last minute side dish, it will be there. You can also divide it up into smaller portions for a quick lunch on the go.
Another great way to serve chicken salad is to put it in a tortilla wrap, in pita bread or over crackers as a yummy appetizer. Oh and don't forget about serving it in a croissant for a beautiful and tasty lunch.
Chicken salad is better for you than potato salad, different and I think it's "prettier". It's great for picnics, graduation parties, and open houses, 4th of July celebrations, taking to the beach in a cooler, potlucks or any time you want to serve a nice, cool dish. In a clear serving dish, it also makes a pretty presentation, especially if you add purple grapes.
So, remember, when thinking about a nice, healthy, delicious meal, think Chicken salad instead of potato salad. Your guests will appreciate it and you won't have to cart home any leftovers. Be sure to set some aside at home for yourself and your family.