Classic Chicken Salad

Normally, these posts go something  sorta like…

I share random events, occurrences and/or complaints concerning my life for a while, and then throw in a snippet about the actual recipe at the very end.

Not what’s going down today.

Today, it’s all chicken salad, all the time.

As it should be.

Because chicken salad…is yummily.

Besides just being a delightful warm-weather dish that inspires people to eat lunch somewhere outdoors, chicken salad is particularly special to me because it’s the first non-dessert food I can recall making.

And I still use the very same recipe as that very first time…     Why?

Because it’s simple, straightforward and undeniably scrumptious.                    Don’t question my humdrum chicken salading.

The balance of textures and flavors present in classic chicken salad is truly rather fantastic.

You’ve got your sweet, your savory, some crunch and some creamy. If anything could ever taste like early summer, chicken salad is all over it.

It’s a fuss-free recipe that utilizes ingredients you more-than-likely already have on hand.

Ya know… like tear up the leftover chicken boobs from last night’s grill-out, grab a few staples from the fridge, and Woah… lookee there, we’re over halfway to an absolutely charming lunch.   Kudos to us.

Not that it’s the only way ((duh)) but I do really enjoy my own version of chicken salad.

Obviously, I’m sitting here telling you to make the junk.

However, I’m totally and completely open to other folks’ renditions, just so long as they don’t fall prey to the ultimate chicken salad no- no. I’m telling you this simply to bring your attention to it, enrich you as a human being and beg you to avoid doing it…

Please, never ever be that person who brings ultra-chunky chicken-N-mayo soup to a Sunday potluck.

We’ve all seen it…may have even eaten it a time or two, that chicken salad consisting of honking hunks of chicken & celery gently floating in a pool of flavorless lard. Seriously, don’t show up with a tupperware of that in arm… no one will want to put it on their crackers, I will laugh at you, you will be mortified.

Just an all-around nasty situation yo.

Such a tragic scene is completely avoidable with a few simple precautions:

  1. My personal #1 tip for the best chicken salad… forget mayonnaise. Just drop it, never look back. Pick up a tub of Miracle Whip. It makes all the difference.    Mmmmm zesty.
  2.  Find a happy textural medium for your ingredients. As in, try not to puree them, but avoid leaving them as chunks libel to choke someone.
  3. Use a light hand even with the Miracle Whip. Spoon in just enough to coat & combine. The chicken is already dead…there’s no need to drown it.

Classic Chicken Salad

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 3/4 cups red grapes, quartered
  • 3/4 cup chopped cashews
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Add Miracle Whip moistening to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.


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