Saturday, November 7, 2009

Best-Ever Chicken Salad

Now, here's the thing. I'm not so much in love with chicken salad that tastes like chicken with mayonnaise. I don't really like mayonnaise by itself. So, my two favorite chicken salads are 1) Aunt Steph's Lemony Chicken Salad with the whipped cream and the almonds (So springy and fantastic), and 2) Sara's Famous Chicken Salad (written below). They both have mayonnaise, but they don't taste like mayonnaise, so they're just creamy and perfect. Mmmmmm.

Sara's Famous Chicken Salad
2 large chicken breasts, cooked and diced
3/4 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped
2 cup grapes, halved
3 stalks celery, diced

1 cup mayonnaise (I used Hellman's with Olive Oil--does it make a difference?)
4 tsp. apple cider vinegar
5 tsp. honey
2 tsp. poppy seeds

Mix salad ingredients. Mix dressing ingredients separately, and combine right before serving. (Although, it stays delicious for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.)

I served it on ciabatta rolls, but it's amazing on croissants (just a little more naughty), and it also perfect on regular old wheat toast. (Or eaten straight from a bowl, right, Kasey?)


  1. I agree on the mayonnaise plus chicken thing, not the best but this looks delicious! The Barefoot Contessa only uses Hellmanns mayonnaise. Which I think is called Best Foods on the West Coast. It has now just occurred to me you were probably talking about the Olive Oil health factor for which I am clueless. Wikipedia?

  2. Oh yes, this chicken salad is SOOO delicious! I need to start making it so I can take it to work with me. Mmm.