***Amounts are all up to your own taste and how many you're feeding. You probably won't want to use ALL of these ingredients in one batch, I've just included all the ideas I could think of so you can mix and match depending on what you have on-hand and what sounds good. Be sure to let me know if I've forgotten anything YOU like in chicken salad
Dressing — play with this to see what you like, but I'll give you the approximate amounts for one batch:
3/4cupHomemade mayo — click that link for my simple 5-minute mayobut for a variation, especially if you're trying to eat meals with no added sugars (like I was last month), then instead of the sugar and lemon juice or ACV that that recipe calls for, replace it with a good balsamic vinegar! This gives the chicken salad a dreamy flavor.
1/2cupsour creamyou could use more mayo and leave this out, or vice-versa
Or instead of mayotry mixing it up with one of my tasty dressings: It would be yummy mixed with my Homemade Poppyseed Dressing and lots of onions and celery mixed in, or maybe add in a spoonful of my Tangy Herb Salad Dressing to the mayo to give your chicken salad a real flavor punch.
A small squirt of mustard depending on the taste you're going for
2-3stalks of organic celeryalso chopped fairly small
Make the dressing first and mix well – taste test to see what it needs. There is no right or wrong in chicken salad. Be adventurous and try all sorts of things to change it up. Add in the rest and stir it all together. Taste test more, isn't that gooood? Reserve the nuts for the top as you serve it so they don't get soggy as leftovers.
Serve with a sourdough, sprouted or fermented bun. (Try my homemade buns.) Or if you make your own pita bread or can find some at the store without scary ingredients, those are good, too!
Tip: spread some butter on the buns and toast them before assembling – it gives the sandwich an extra tasty crunch.
Or just serve on a bed of greens or in a crispy romaine lettuce wrap for a filling and satisfying grain-free dish!
This makes a medium sized bowl or so of chicken salad, or more if you use a lot of fruit, so you may want to make extra if you're planning on leftovers!