It’s good to have an easy chicken salad recipe handy. With the tang of lemon, sweetness of honey, crunch of celery, and creaminess of mayo, this one is tasty and nutritious.
Chicken salad is a menu basic. This is an easy chicken salad recipe without grapes. Spread it between slices of gluten free bread for a great sandwich. Scoop it onto a leafy salad. Dress it up with grapes and apples. Serve it on a gluten free pita, or wrap it up in a tortilla or a couple nice, big leaves of bibb or butter lettuce. Use your imagination. The sky is the limit!
How do you make chicken salad from scratch?
This chicken salad couldn’t be easier to make. Simply stir six ingredients together in a bowl. Taste for salt and pepper, adding what’s needed. And there you have it! Your chicken salad is ready for your next culinary adventure!
Can you freeze chicken salad with mayonnaise?
I would not recommend freezing chicken salad. You can freeze chopped, leftover chicken or turkey on its own. Then thaw it when you’re ready for chicken salad. It’s so easy to combine the ingredients for the salad that there’s really no need to make it much ahead of serving.
Your chicken salad will keep nicely in the refrigerator for a day or two.
Ingredients for the Best Chicken Salad
For the best tasting, healthy chicken salad, be sure to use quality ingredients. While there will probably be different varieties of each item on the list, be careful to choose the best you can. That’s what makes the difference between a mediocre salad and an excellent, delicious one.
- Chicken – A farm-fresh chicken or turkey cooked till moist but not dried out will always be best. If you don’t happen to have leftover, cooked poultry to use for your chicken salad, a rotisserie chicken from the store will work here, too.
- Mayonnaise – You can use store-bought mayonnaise if you want to, but I tested this recipe with my own homemade mayonnaise. It has very simple ingredients. You can avoid unnecessary additives by making your own. It’s probably a lot easier to make than you think!
- Lemon juice – Use freshly-squeezed lemon juice. It’s much better than the stuff in the bottle.
- Honey – I like to use local, raw honey. Source some local honey where you live. Raw honey has some great health benefits.
- Celery – Of course, you’ll want your celery to be fresh and crisp rather than old and limp. Organic is best, if it’s available to you.
- Sweet Onion – The same goes for the onion. Fresh and organic is always better. Be sure to choose a sweet onion. Anything hotter will really throw the flavour off.
- Salt – There are health benefits to natural sea salt. It is important to taste the salad, add a little salt and taste again. With practice, you’ll learn to recognize when there’s enough.
- Pepper – Freshly ground pepper has the best flavour. Again, use taste as your guide to the amount of pepper your salad needs.
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- Combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, and honey in the bottom of a bowl.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.