Chicken Salad Your Way

Five small white bowls on a wooden board of different chicken salads.

A delicious basic chicken salad recipe with lots of optional ingredients to suit your taste.



Basic Chicken Salad Ingredients

4 cups cooked chicken, cubed

3/4 cup celery, chopped

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon lemon juice

zest from half of a lemon

2 tablespoons grated onion

1/4 cup sweet pickle relish

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Optional Ingredients To ADD-IN

1 cup nuts, chopped

1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded

11 1/2 cups fruit, any single or combination of sliced grapes, mandarin orange segments, blueberries, pineapple chunks, diced apple, avocado, and/or dried cranberries


Combine chicken and celery in a large bowl.

Combine the next 8 ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well to make the dressing.

Toss the chicken and celery with the dressing.

Add the combination of optional ingredients to suit your taste or leave as is then refrigerate.

Serve cold by itself or on bread as a sandwich.

Salad Combinations

Pecans, pepper jack cheese, and grapes

Mandarin oranges and blueberries

Pepper Jack cheese, avocado, and a sprinkle of choppedĀ cilantro

Apples, dried cranberries, and nuts


Process the basic recipe in the food processor for a spreadable chicken salad.

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