Traditional Chicken Salad is a tried and true favorite for almost any kind of gathering. It’s easy to make and tasty by itself, atop lettuce, or served on sandwiches.
We love chicken salad and I love making it for parties and get-togethers–it’s sweet, savory and satisfying. This recipe is always sure to please and goes great with almost any other kind of food: soups, salads, fruit, and hors d’oeuvres. Chicken salad is also flexible. You can choose which mix-ins you like and what kind of flavor you want. You can make it tangier with dill and pickles, or keep the simple, garden flavors of celery and grapes. Serve it up on lettuce or a croissant roll for a fancy touch. You can make it for a luncheon, a shower, a barbecue or for a lighter dinner when something else is just too much.
Can I use something other than grapes to add to my chicken salad?
Yes. I prefer grapes, but this is definitely your salad, so pick something you like best. You can get creative and change up the nuts as well. Some variations I like are: apples, mandarin oranges, pineapple, dried cranberries, and dried figs. Walnuts and pecans are also excellent nuts for chicken salad.
What kind of chicken should I use to make chicken salad?
Chicken salad is typically made using leftover chicken, canned chicken, or shredded rotisserie chicken. You can use either dark meat, white meat, or a combination. If you don’t have any pre-cooked chicken on hand, you can also cook chicken just for making chicken salad. Simply boil 2 chicken breasts (about 12 ounces) in either water or chicken broth (for more flavor) for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain and shred chicken with a fork.
Can I use miracle whip instead of mayonnaise?
Yes, you can swap this ingredient out if you prefer the taste of Miracle Whip. I recommend mayonnaise, because it isn’t as strong, so won’t interfere with the other flavors in the salad.
If you like this recipe, you may also be interested in these other delicious salads:
- The Best Macaroni Salad
- Creamy Potato Salad
- Tuna Macaroni Salad
- Old Fashioned German Potato Salad
- Italian Pasta Salad
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Traditional Chicken Salad
- 12 ounces cooked chicken chopped
- 1 rib of celery minced
- 2 tablespoons minced sweet onion
- 1/4 cup halved red grapes
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Pinch garlic powder
- In a large bowl, toss together shredded chicken, celery, onion, grapes, and almonds.
- Add in mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Stir until well combined.
- Serve atop lettuce, tomatoes, or avocados or serve on sandwiches.