Chicken salad recipes can be eaten as side dishes or full meals. Chicken is such a versatile meat that it can be used in many salad types such as noodle salads, salad sandwiches, or even a fruit dish like waldorf salad.
You can get really creative when making a salad with chicken. It goes well with any variety of nuts, seeds, fruits and cheeses.
Another thing you can do is add leftover chicken from dinner the night before to any salad and make a nice filling meal for lunch or even the next nights supper.
These salads can also be made with leftover turkey. This is a great way to use up those holiday leftovers when you get tired of turkey sandwiches. Don't forget to add the leftover cranberry sauce too!
Here are a couple of basic recipes to get you started:
This version is similar to making a chicken salad sandwich filling.
Instead of putting it between 2 slices of bread you are putting it in a bed of bite-sized salad greens, of which you can use any type(lettuce, spinach, argula etc).
A bag of pre-washed mixed greens is a great option as well.
1 cup cooked chicken meat(1 medium chicken breast)
2 tbsp. Mayonnaise
Chop cooked chicken into 1/2 inch pieces and set aside.
Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until smooth and creamy.
In a large bowl mix the chopped vegetables, chicken and dressing together and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Just before serving, wash & dry salad greens, break it up into bite size pieces and lay in the bottom of a small salad bowl.
Stir the chicken salad mix again and scoop into the lettuce lined bowl. Serve immediately.
Makes 2 side servings or 1 meal serving. Just double up the ingredients for each 1 or 2 servings you need to make.
2-Oil & Vinegar
If you're looking for an easy chicken salad recipe this one is a basic green & vegetable salad with chicken added. You can make the dressing recipe below or use your favorite bottled variety(it can be a creamy or oil/vinegar type).
2 tbsp. Salad oil
Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze out the seeds. If they are the larger grape type cut them into quarters. For the smaller cherry tomatoes just leave them cut in half.
Chop remaining vegetables and add them to a salad bowl with the tomatoes.
Cut the cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces and add to salad. Cover and refrigerate if not serving right away.
Add the salad greens and dressing when serving.
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