Chicken Salad with Walnuts and Grapes

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Springtime is here, and it is so nice to start making salads and sandwiches! The great thing about chicken salad is that you can  put whatever you want in it. If you don’t like celery, then don’t add it. If you really like grapes, then add a bunch. My family doesn’t like mayonnaise, so I substitute olive oil and mustard for it. I have the original recipe is first. Then I have my modified recipe with the changes that my family likes.

Original Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • Finely grated zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped chives
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon
  • 3 lb roasted chicken, bones removed and meat roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
  • Crusty bread

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, salt, and pepper. Add the chives, parsley, and tarragon and mix gently.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, onion, celery, grapes, and walnuts. Add the mayonnaise mixture and fold together to combine. Season to taste. If desired, serve with crusty bread.

My Modified Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 3 lb cooked chicken, bones removed and meat roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery (if I have celery on hand)
  • 1 cup halved red grapes (or any other fruit that you like)
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • Cheezy Garlic Rolls, without the garlic topping (I think that I used deli flats for the picture.)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add the chives, parsley, and tarragon and mix gently.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, onion, celery, grapes, and walnuts. Add the olive oil and mustard mixture and fold together to combine. Season to taste. If desired, serve on rolls.
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