Quick and Easy Chicken Salad Recipes
By: Barbara | Posted: Sep 02, 2009
As a kid, I loved tuna salad. Because I was so picky, it was one of few foods that
I ate. My mom used to go so far as to pack me a tuna sandwich when she and
my brother went out for pizza (as that was not one of my accepted foods at the
time). As I got older, I started to experiment with different foods, and one day
while at a friend’s house, I tried chicken salad for the first time. Up until that
point, I had never thought of creating a mayo-based sandwich filling with cut
up chicken, one of my favorite foods.
My friend cooked a few chicken breasts (which I marveled at since I was young
and had no experience cooking my own meat) and then the two of us mixed in
some mayo, chopped celery, raisins, salt and pepper. I was blown away by how
delicious it was. Every time I hung out with that friend after school, I would
request that we make chicken salad, and I even asked my mom to show me how
to cook my own chicken so I could make it at home and pack chicken salad
sandwiches for lunch.
To this day, I enjoy creating chicken salad variations with nuts, dried fruit and
fresh herbs. My favorite is still the classic mayo, celery, salt, pepper and
raisins combination, but I’m always looking for new variations. I found a great
selection of recipes on RecipeLion.com; they have everything from classic
chicken salad and fruit-filled chicken salad to baked chicken salad recipes and
even a low-fat version. I loved the unique idea of adding artichokes and
sundried tomatoes, two items that I love but never would have thought to
include in my chicken salad.
One thing I’ve found is that many people are turned off of chicken salad
because of an often overwhelming amount of mayonnaise. Believe it or not,
there are many ways to make a delicious chicken salad sandwich without mayo.
You can replace mayo with your favorite salad dressing – vinaigrettes work well
– and add the rest of the ingredients in the same way. This is a great variation
of classic chicken salad a