Chicken Salad

So, I had never really liked chicken salad. At least, I thought that I didn’t. I still remember trying to order a salad with chicken on it once, when I was younger, and they gave me the chicken salad instead, and it was awful and I was miserable. For some reason I was out with my mom and a bunch of people that she knew (I’m thinking it was almost ladies who lunch, even though my mom is not one of that crowd), and so I had to pretend to be happy even though the food was not what I wanted.

Since then, I decided that I didn’t like chicken salad.

Until I was in Texas in March. There, we went to this one cafe for lunch, and it had very limited menu options, and the only one that was at all appealing was the chicken salad, so I tried it. And it was delicious! And I was like, woah, chicken salad is GREAT!

So since then, I have loved chicken salad, and I make it a lot. Usually, I just do canned chicken, mayo, chopped apple, craisins, and tomatoes. It’s basic, and the apple and craisins provide a nice sweetness and crunch. The apple really makes the salad.

Lately though, when I went to the store to buy groceries, I was feeling very lazy. I didn’t want to have to buy mayonnaise and apples, and I knew that I hate having to chop up the apples, because it takes forever, but I really wanted chicken salad. So then I had a genius idea! I’d just make chicken salad with applesauce. (As a side note, I would like to point out how annoying it is that the font changes from a serif font to a non-serif font when you put it in italics. Note the difference: a or a.)

So I tried making my chicken salad, mixing it up with applesauce instead of mayonnaise, and still putting craisins in it. It was pretty awful. It was very obviously applesauce, and I don’t actually like applesauce (so why I thought to do this, I have no idea). But then I tried putting curry powder in it. And then it was awesome! It is so good, who would have thought?

Next time I make it I will take a photo.

Recently, my sister sent me link to another chicken salad, with pineapple and mandarin oranges in it. It looks super good, too. But the photo is too big, and so it won’t really fit into this post … The only problem with this recipe is that it’s clearly one of those “bring to a party and feed a million people” type of salads, so I’ll need to either find an excuse to make it, or find a way to scale it down to make only a couple of meals.


Published in: on August 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm  Comments (8)  

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  1. Since this is my recipe I can happily tell you that you can simply make 1/2 or 1/3 or even 1/4 of the recipe and it will still taste very very good. :)It’s very much the technique and the ingredients that make the salad…not the quantities!

    • Alright, thank you very much! I’m looking forward to trying it out!! 🙂

  2. I know for blogger when you upload a photo, if you have it set to the “edit html” setting, you can see all the html that puts that photo there. <img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 309px;"

    ^ that should be a section in the middle, and see how it says width" 400 pixels; height: 309 pixels? you can adjust that to make it fit. 450 I think is the max that I can fit width wise, and you're going to want to make sure that the ratio is correct when you adjust it (i.e., don't just adjust one number 'cause it'll look stupid).

    Hopefully the comment will allow that html to stay… I know blogger eats it.

  3. Also, I want to say that I love how much of a geek you are when you went on about the italics.

    • It’s really freaking annoying. It’s been bothering me ever since I started this blog, because the a is so very obviously different, and I always seem to use that letter in my italics.

  4. Oh, and nothing like leaving three comments… there are sites online that can automagically scale down recipes for you. I don’t know of any off the top of my head, but that should be an easy google search.


    • Shawn Spencer disagrees.

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