Harvest Chicken Salad.
Before I really cooked much of anything, I put together a lot of chicken salad. I would go to the store, buy a squirt bottle of mayonnaise, an onion, and one of those sad-looking, glossy-skinned, shriveled little rotisserie chickens (which are, for the record, delicious despite any and all of their shortcomings). At home, I would cut up the chicken, mix with a squirt of mayonnaise, toss in a few rough chops of onion, and, if I was feeling fancy, doctor it up with whatever dried green herb happened to be smelling nice to me that day.
Times have changed.
There are two things I love about this Harvest Chicken Salad. The first thing is that I am using ingredients that I made myself — I whipped this mayo up by hand (AKA, with an immersion blender) and the chicken is not some spooky mystery meat that’s been sitting under a heat lamp for 72 hours. The second thing that I love about this chicken salad is how wonderfully all the little accoutrements work together. The crackle from the almonds, the small punch of sweetness from the perfect little raisins, the small crunch from the chops of red onion. Of course, you could mix this up any which way you like. Pecans would be a great substitute here. And a pear might work well in place of the Granny Smith apple. Have your way with it.
This Harvest Chicken Salad is like Chicken Salad 2.0. It is a chicken salad with life-changing properties (or, at the very least, lunch-changing). And if you’re gluten-free or Paleo or Whole30-ing or you just happened to have run out of bread, it’s no sweat — there is no rule that you must eat chicken salad in a sandwich. Have it on top of some greens, scoop it up with some celery sticks, or put it on top of a baked sweet potato. Do whatever you must do in order to properly celebrate the greatness that is chicken salad.
Harvest Chicken Salad.
- 2 cups Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken (recipe here)*
- 3/4 cup finely chopped Granny Smith apple (about a half of a large apple)
- 1/4 finely diced red onion
- 1/4 slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup no sugar added raisins
- 1/2 cup Homemade Mayo (recipe here)*
- 1-1/2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- Salt + pepper (as needed)
*If you’re pressed for time, go ahead and use whatever chicken or mayonnaise you’d like!
Mix ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Season as needed.
Good news! This recipe is Whole30 compliant!