Chicken Salad with Grapes
Chicken Salad with Grapes is a sweet twist on a classic chicken salad. This simple chicken salad is a creamy, salty, sweet, and oh, so tasty way to enjoy leftover chicken!
Ever had a leftovers recipe that tastes better than the original? Yes, this Chicken Salad is THAT RECIPE. It takes mere minutes to whip up, is made from a few simple ingredients, and tastes absolutely fantastic. What’s more, it makes a wonderful summer lunch when paired with a tall, cool glass of Strawberry Pineapple Lemonade.
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If you have cooked chicken in the fridge, you have the start of something great for lunch, dinner, or a picnic in the park. There’s no need to turn on the stove, just chop and mix your way to the perfect no-fuss meal.
How To Serve Chicken Salad with Grapes
For the most decadent lunch, this chicken salad is outstanding on croissants. However, it is also delicious on your favorite sandwich bread, buns, wraps, pitas, and in crisp lettuce cups (try using Iceberg, Butter or Bibb lettuce). Nothing beats a simple chicken salad sandwich!
Hello again, it’s Bernice from Dishnthekitchen.com. Today I’m so pleased to share this tasty recipe for Chicken Salad with you. It’s one I have been making for YEARS whenever I have leftover Roast Chicken in the fridge.
I love how the red grapes add a bit of sweetness and visual appeal to the chicken salad. They are one of my favorite sweet ingredients to use in savory cooking. Try roasting them with pork tenderloin or in a sweet and spicy fruit salsa.
How to Make Chicken Salad with Grapes
It’s your lucky day! This salad is so easy to whip up and it takes mere minutes. Take the leftover chicken from your fridge and chop it up (removing any skin or bones) into 1/2 inch pieces. Previously shredded chicken would also work in this recipe. To make 6 servings, use the equivalent of four chicken thighs or two small chicken breasts.
Next, finely dice a red onion until you have enough to fill 1/4 cup. Keep on dicing, and this time use celery. If you prefer a larger cut, feel free to go for it.
Lastly, halve the grapes and toss all the chopped ingredients into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add a generous 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. With one quick mix, the chicken salad is done!
Other Ways to Update Chicken Salad
Though this salad seems quite simple, there are almost countless ways to enjoy it. Try these additions/substitutions to find a chicken salad that works for you.
Grapes – Use red or green grapes or go all out and reach for raisins. Not everyone is a fan of grapes in savoury applications so feel free to leave them out.
Dried Fruit – Again, raisins make a wonderful addition to this salad as do dried cranberries. They add a wonderful tart flavour that complements the mayonnaise.
Chicken – Use dark or white meat and if you are feeling really fancy, use smoked chicken. The smoky flavour really works well with the creamy mayonnaise and sweet grapes.
Fresh Fruit or Vegetables – Use chopped apples or pears in place of the grapes. Go tropical and add chopped pineapple. Avocado or finely chopped carrots would be great too.
Nuts – Add chopped pecans or walnuts for textural crunch. Grapes, pecans, and celery make a great trio of flavors.
Herbs – So many herbs would work well in this chicken salad. Try adding parsley, dill, mint, rosemary, or thyme for an extra savory flavor. Also, don’t throw away those celery leaves…add them in if you have them.
Onions – In addition to the red onions, chopped green onions or chives are a great way to finish off this salad.
Mayonnaise – If you are watching your saturated fats, feel free to substitute Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream for half or all of the mayonnaise in this recipe.
Spices – This salad is as plain as it gets but if you’d like to spice things up a bit, consider a touch of smoky paprika or chili powder. Adding curry powder and lemon juice makes it ‘Coronation Salad’ and you will love that bright yellow color it turns, very British!
How to Store Chicken Salad
Once refrigerated, this chicken and grape salad will only last for a day or two. As it contains mayonnaise (and leftover chicken) it must not be left out at room temperature (or higher) for extended periods of time. To be safe, two hours at room temperature is the limit of food safety in this case.
For picnics or barbecues, be sure to store the chicken salad with plenty of ice and toss any leftovers. This recipe does not freeze well. It is best to make it, refrigerate it, and then serve and eat.
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- 2 cups cooked chicken; cubed
- 1 cup grapes; halved
- 1/4 cup celery; finely diced
- 1/4 cup red onion; very finely diced
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- salt and pepper
- 6 croissants, buns, or bread
- 6 lettuce leaves
- chopped fresh chives for garnish
- Place first five ingredients in a large bowl and season. Stir to combine.
- Split croissants or buns and add a lettuce leaf for each.
- Spoon 1/6 of chicken salad on top of each lettuce. Scatter chives over all.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 505Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 562mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 13g