No doubt you already have a tried-and-true recipe for chicken salad. I know I do. I love chicken salad, whether it's served on a salad, on crackers, in a sandwich, or in a wrap. Like most of my recipes, my chicken salad recipe is vague on measurements. I don't bother with the measuring cups and teaspoons, I just mix it up to taste.
My base chicken salad recipe calls for:
- Diced cooked chicken (leftover roasted chicken is best; I'll use canned chicken in a pinch but nobody really likes it)
- Finely diced celery (The Pea doesn't like celery, so when I'm feeling kind I leave it out, but mostly she has to pick it out)
- Salt and pepper
Note, I said "base" instead of "basic", because while that recipe is yummy, it gets boring. It makes a good chicken salad, it doesn't make a great one. If you really want to give your chicken salad a kick, try adding any of these ingredients:
- Add sliced apples and walnuts.
- Add halved grapes and almonds.
- Add crushed pineapples and pecans.
- Add curry powder and mango chutney.
- Add red pepper flakes and pesto.
- Add sliced kalamata olives and paprika.
- Add finely sliced spring onions and lemon juice.
- Add rosemary and smoked almonds
- Substitute a portion of the regular mayonnaise with wasabi mayonnaise. How much wasabi mayo you use depends on how much heat you can stand!
- Substitute a portion of the regular mayonnaise (or all of it!) with hummus.