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Organic Chicken Salad Recipe

***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
Author: Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Ingredients

Dressing — play with this to see what you like, but I'll give  you the approximate amounts for one batch:

  • 3/4 cup Homemade mayo — click that link for my simple 5-minute mayo but 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.
  • 1/2 cup sour cream you could use more mayo and leave this out, or vice-versa
  • A few cloves of fresh garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • A splash 1-2 Tablespoons organic Tamari (fermented soy sauce)
  • Add a little milk if it seems dry
  • Or instead of mayo try 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

Vegetable options:

  • Onion chopped small
  • 2-3 stalks of organic celery also chopped fairly small
  • Finely diced radishes
  • Diced cucumbers
  • Chopped pickles or relish
  • Diced jalapenos for a real zip

Seasoning options — experiment!

  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • A dash of curry
  • A dash of tarragon
  • Sea salt and plenty of pepper to your taste
  • Maybe a splash of sriracha

Fruit options:

  • Organic raisins
  • Sliced or chopped dried apricots
  • Organic cranberries
  • Organic grapes cut in half
  • Pineapple bits or chunks maybe with a little of the pineapple juice!
  • Organic apples chopped up small these probably won't be as good the next day and may get brown, so you may not want to use this fruit if you're expecting there to be leftovers
  • Organic oranges or mandarin oranges/clementines, cut into halves or thirds

Nut options:

Instructions

  • 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!
  • These sandwiches would be tasty with my Homemade Potato Chips.  In a hurry? These potato chips are really good, without all the nasty ingredients in grocery store chips.