When I’m not in the mood to cook dinner, David and I usually walk to Whole Foods to pick up a rotisserie chicken, some veggies, and some fresh fruit for a quick dinner. The other night, I was in the mood for having chicken with mayonnaise (maybe because I wanted to improve on the chicken salad I had at Fairway Cafe). I had most of the ingredients for a basic chicken salad (mayonnaise from my lobster roll party and celery from making chicken noodle soup when I was sick). Adding in some rotisserie chicken, some walnuts, and spreading it on my homemade focaccia made a really quick and delicious weeknight dinner. If I make it again, I’d add something sweet – maybe some dried cherries from Trader Joe’s or some fresh grapes (my mom loves adding grapes to chicken salad!)
Basic Chicken Salad
1 rotisserie chicken
1 cup walnuts, chopped
3-4 stalks celery, finely chopped
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon black pepper
First, finely chop your celery:
Add your black pepper:
Toss in some chicken:
Add your mayonnaise:
Add the walnuts and toss:
Serve with a side of bread or just eat it straight out of the bowl:
Next time, I’m going to combine the mayonnaise with the celery before I add in the chicken so the chunks can be preserved better. This is also great for preparing beforehand and saving for a picnic!
What do you add to your chicken salads?