This is the staple for lunches in our house. We tend to buy a ton of chicken when it goes on sale and then boil it up and make chicken salad for an army. Not really an army, just enough to bring to lunch, a lot.
I think everyone has a generic chicken salad, egg salad, and tuna salad (yuck) recipe, but I feel that this one gets better every time I make it. You can vary the recipe by putting whatever fruit, nut, or dressing you like. Sorry for the lack of pictures, all I had on me was my iPhone!
Fruit and Walnut Chicken Salad
4 cups chicken, cooked and cubed (or turkey)
1 cup walnuts (or pecans, almonds...)
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced fruit (apples, grapes, cranberries, raisins...)
2/3 cup mayonnaise
3 tbsp creamy vinaigrette
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Combine all ingredients, except diced fruit, until well combined. Next add in fruit and stir gently as to not crush fruit, especially when using grapes. Serve over a bed of spring lettuce, in a pita, on toast, on a bun, or just eat it with a fork!
Off topic, to all you food bloggers, do you ever struggle with deciding what to make?
I have a list in my head, on my google reader, in my email, and on a pad of paper at my desk of all the things that I want to make and blog about. I am so excited about everything that I have a hard time deciding what to make next, so I am thinking of starting a top 100 list. That way I can start crossing items off my checklist. Do any of you have a mental checklist of things you want to accomplish? I would love to hear what's on them and your plan of attack!