Chicken Salad

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Chicken salad has earned its place as a beloved family favorite for lunch, and it's not just about the delightful taste; it's a versatile, nutritious, and time-saving option that appeals to various palates. 

I mean look at this amazingness!

At the heart of the appeal is its versatility. Chicken salad can be tailored to suit almost any taste preference or dietary requirement. Whether you're a fan of the classic mayonnaise-based dressing or prefer a lighter vinaigrette, chicken salad accommodates a spectrum of flavors. This adaptability makes it an excellent choice for family lunches where individual preferences may vary. Kids might enjoy a sweeter, fruit-infused version, while adults might savor the complexity of a Mediterranean-inspired blend.

Nutritionally, chicken salad strikes a balance between being satisfying and healthy. The lean protein from the chicken, combined with an array of fresh vegetables, offers a nutrient-rich meal that keeps energy levels stable throughout the day. Adding nuts, seeds, or a variety of greens boosts the nutritional profile, providing essential vitamins and minerals. Families can enjoy a guilt-free lunch that not only tastes good but also contributes to their overall well-being.

Time is often a precious commodity for families, and chicken salad emerges as a time-saving hero. With pre-cooked or rotisserie chicken, the preparation time is significantly reduced. Leftover chicken from a previous meal can also be repurposed, minimizing food waste. The assembly process is straightforward, making it an ideal option for busy households. A well-stocked pantry and fridge with staple ingredients ensure that a satisfying and wholesome chicken salad can be whipped up in no time, freeing up more moments for family bonding.

Ok mama, here is how I put this delicious Chicken Salad together.

Ingredients: Chicken Salad

  • 12.5 oz white chunk chicken
  • 1/3 cup celery chopped
  • 1 tbsp onion minced
  • 1/3 cup grapes red- sliced
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

Instructions: Chicken Salad

  • In a large bowl- drain chicken and place in bowl and break apart with fork. Need some cool bowls for this, while I did not used these for this recipe, they are by farm my favorite bowls I keep on hand. Check them out here
  • Chop up onion, (if using fresh), celery and slice grapes and set aside
  • Add mayonnaise to the chicken and mix well
  • Then add chopped ingredients and slivered almonds too
  • Mix all ingredients well and serve on crackers or bread – I love these flat every thing bagel pretzels so yummy!
Chicken Salad

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You can use fresh or minced onion in this recipe. I typically use minced because my husband has an extra sensitivity to fresh onion so I play it safe with the minced. Also, if you prefer chicken breasts over canned chicken you absolutely can grill up chicken, boil or bake in oven to use. The white chunk can is super convenient and honestly can't beat it. So totally up to you on what you decide.  Chicken Salad is great doubled and kept in refrigerator for up to 5 days for lunches. Love to enjoy this chicken salad with crackers too! Trying to keep it lower carb? Try this amazing chicken salad with pork rinds. 

So know you can see why Chicken Salad is so popular!

Beyond the practical aspects, chicken salad carries a certain nostalgia. Many families have their own cherished recipes passed down through generations. Whether it's a secret ingredient in the dressing or a unique combination of add-ins, the creation of chicken salad often becomes a tradition in itself. The ritual of preparing and sharing this dish can create lasting memories for family members, strengthening the emotional connection to the meal.

The appeal of chicken salad extends to its ability to cater to seasonal ingredients. In the warmer months, a light and refreshing chicken salad with citrusy notes or a burst of berries can be particularly appealing. In contrast, during the colder seasons, a heartier version with roasted vegetables or a warm, savory dressing might take center stage. This seasonal adaptability ensures that chicken salad remains a year-round favorite, evolving with the changing tastes and preferences of the family.

Moreover, the convenience of packing chicken salad into lunchboxes makes it an ideal option for both school and work lunches. Its versatility comes into play again, as it can be enjoyed in a sandwich, wrap, or simply as a salad bowl. The ease of transport and minimal mess factor make it a practical choice for families on the go, ensuring that a wholesome and satisfying lunch is always within arm's reach.

In conclusion, the enduring popularity of chicken salad as a family favorite for lunch can be attributed to its adaptability, nutritional benefits, time-saving nature, and the sentimental value attached to family recipes. As families continue to navigate the demands of daily life, the humble chicken salad remains a reliable and delicious option that brings everyone together around the table.

Video Tutorial: Chicken Salad

For those who love a step by step video tutorial, here is one for you!

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Chicken Salad

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 239 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12.5 oz white chunk chicken
  • 1/3 cup celery chopped
  • 1 tbsp onion minced
  • 1/3 cup grapes red- sliced
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl- drain chicken and place in bowl and break apart with fork
  • Chop up onion, (if using fresh), celery and slice grapes and set aside
  • Add mayonnaise to the chicken and mix well
  • Then add chopped ingredients and slivered almonds too
  • Mix all ingredients well and serve on crackers or bread

Video

Notes

You can use fresh or minced onion in this recipe. I typically use minced because my husband has an extra sensitivity to fresh onion so I play it safe with the minced. 
Also, if you prefer chicken breasts over canned chicken you absolutely can grill up chicken, boil or bake in oven to use. The white chunk can is super convenient and honestly can't beat it. So totally up to you on what you decide.  
Chicken Salad is great doubled and kept in refrigerator for up to 5 days for lunches. Love to enjoy this chicken salad with crackers too! 
Trying to keep it lower carb? Try this amazing chicken salad with pork rinds. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 14gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 454mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 58IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.4mg
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