9 Great Chicken Salad Ideas

We love roasted chicken at our house. LOVE it. Doesn’t hurt that it goes on sale every Monday, so I can buy an organic chicken already roasted for cheaper than I could make it, should I so choose (although it’s yummier when we make it, so that happens pretty often too). There are plenty of ways to serve a roast chicken, but whipping up a quick chicken salad is one of the easiest things to do. A whole chicken turned into chicken salad can feed us for so many days! However…I just can’t get on board with eating the same thing four days in a row. Some people can do that, but I prefer a little more variety. Toss in a little of this and a little of that and you have an entirely new lunch! Here are some ideas for riffing on chicken salad.

The root of it all. The mother of all chicken salads. The staple of your Great-Aunt Nellie’s lunch diet for approximately 79.5 years.
Dressing: mayonnaise, salt, pepper, maybe a dollop of mustard
Add: shredded/chopped chicken, chopped pickles and celery, hard-boiled eggs if you’re feeling fancy

This tastes so much more fancy than the time required really merits.
Make the dressing first so the flavors have some time to ooze together: mayo, olive oil, juice of half a lemon, chopped tarragon, a very well endowed chopped clove of garlic (or three), and salt and pepper.
Add: chopped chicken.
Enjoy: quickly if you want to get any at all. This one’s a crowd-pleaser.

My riff on the British staple. Not as good as when eaten in England, but I’ll take what I can get.
Dressing: one part mayo, one part plain yogurt, good shakes of both curry and cumin, juice of half a lemon
Add: chicken, halved grapes (or raisins, if you must), slivered almonds
Enjoy: on whole grain bread while listening to the angels sing around you. In British accents.

Inspired by a delicious version I had at a local diner.
Dressing: olive oil, a dollop of mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, bit of mustard, salt, pepper, and chopped rosemary and/or sage
Add: chicken and chopped pistachios
Enjoy: over lettuce. Or make with leftover Thanksgiving turkey and serve on one of Mom’s rolls.

Rough recipe from an old friend.
Dressing: mostly just your favorite peanut sauce
Add: chicken, chopped bell peppers, cole slaw cabbage, peanuts, and chopped cilantro
Enjoy: when it’s really warm out, you don’t want to generate heat by cooking, and you would like Thai takeout but it’s not in the budget or is too much effort to pick up. BOOM.

Fresh Mex
Dressing: one part sour cream or plain yogurt, one part your favorite salsa
Add: chicken, roasted corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and ¼-inch cubes of pepper jack
Enjoy: on Taco Tuesday

Dressing: olive oil, red wine vinegar, dollop of mustard, salt, pepper, chopped basil and oregano
Add: chicken, diced marinated artichoke hearts, and garbanzo beans
Enjoy: alongside homemade foccacia

Dressing: mayo or plain yogurt, olive oil, juice of half a lemon, salt and pepper, chopped mint
Add: chicken, peas
Enjoy: if you like mint

Honey Almond
Inspired by a favourite at a local deli bar.
Dressing: dollop of mayo, olive oil, squirt of mustard, a bit of honey, salt, pepper, and chopped sage if you have it
Add: chicken, slivered almonds
Enjoy: whenever the mood strikes…you’ll probably have all this on hand

Any great chicken salad recipes at your house? Do share!


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