This is the BEST chicken salad recipe I’ve ever tried. It has sweetness from grapes, tanginess from the mayonnaise, zest from the onion and crunch from the almonds. Not only are there lot of different options for ingredients, but there’s also many ways to substitute ingredients as well.
This chicken salad goes well on sandwiches, scoops easy on top of lettuce to make a salad or you can eat it with saltine crackers. As a versatile dish, it’s easy to store and great to make for a large family or bring to a potluck.
Making Homemade Chicken Salad
This best chicken salad recipe is chopping intensive. After chopping, just add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix together.
It’s best to do all of your similar activities at once. Get everything you need out of the fridge together, wash it together, then chop it together.
For example, you’ll want to get your celery and grapes out of the fridge at the same time, then you can wash them in the same colander and then chop them on the same cutting board.
After chopping, add everything to a large bowl and mix together well. Don’t worry too much about putting everything together in a particular order. As long as it’s mixed thoroughly, just throw everything in one large bowl as you chop it up.
Chicken Salad Ingredients
- Mayonnaise: Who doesn’t love a creamy chicken salad? I know I do. But there is so much saturated fat and calories in it. One way to replace some of the fat with protein is to substitute it with greek yogurt.
- Grapes: The grapes add a nice sweetness and an unexpected texture to the salad.
- Rotisserie Chicken: While you can poach chicken to use in this recipe, this is also a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken.
- Nuts: I enjoy adding almonds to this dish but any toasted nut will work. Walnuts, pecans, etc.
- Celery: While it doesn’t add much flavor, celery adds a nice crunch and a freshness to the dish.
- Red onion: The onion will not only add color to the dish but some zestiness to the plate as well. Add as much, or as little, red onion, as you would like.
- Fresh lemon juice: A squeeze of fresh lemon goes a long way. It will brighten the dish and add a pop that it might be missing. Add as much, or as little, as you would like.
Mix the ingredients together and serve. If you have time, stick it in the fridge so it has time to chill before serving.