Easy Chicken Salad

Chicken salad has a certain glamour about it. Like the little black dress, it is chic and adaptable anywhere.
~ Laurie Colwin

(I bet you thought I’d never find a quote for chicken salad, did you? HA! Someone always has something to say about everything.)

Do you ever buy rotisserie chickens? Our local grocery sells the leftover cold chickens from the day before for around $3.00, and I probably buy at least one per week because I use them for everything but dinner (usually).  I’ll make chicken tacos or quesadillas, white chicken chili, chicken soup, rice with chicken and broccoli, and more. Since I’m not wild about lunchmeats, I’ll also use the chicken for sandwiches either sliced or in chicken salad.

Truth be told, though, I am not a fan of chicken salad. For one thing, I do not like mayonnaise, and if that were not bad enough, I don’t like celery all that much, and I am allergic to onions. “So,” you might ask, “how do you make chicken salad?” Thank you for asking.

When I make chicken salad, I make two kinds—one for Mike (with mayonnaise) and one for me (without). IMG_0400

Ingredients for Mike’s Chicken Salad:

(This makes enough for one person.)
1 cup chicken chopped
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (more or less to taste)
1/4 cup chopped fruit (grapes, apples, peaches)
Sliced almonds or chopped walnuts
Salt
Pepper
NOTE: You can add bacon, onions, celery, tarragon, or any other herbs you like.IMG_0399

In a bowl, mix the chicken and mayonnaise together.  Add the additional ingredients, and mix everything together.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  You can add more mayonnaise if you like a wetter salad.IMG_0394

You can use this in sandwiches or eat it as is.

Ingredients for Chris’s Chicken Salad:

(This makes enough for one person.)
1 cup chicken chopped
1/3 cup chopped avocado
1/4 cup chopped tomato
Shredded pecorino romano (or parmigiana) cheese
Vinaigrette (optional)
Salt
Pepper
NOTE: You can add onions, celery, tarragon, or any other herbs you like.IMG_0398

Mix all dry ingredients together in a small bowl.  Add the vinaigrette to taste and mix thoroughly.  I’ve even skipped the vinaigrette when the avocados are soft enough.IMG_0397

I don’t use this in sandwiches, although I suppose you could.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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