Your best chicken salad & salmon salad recipes,
and any cool salad for this warm weather. I want variety and can't use anything with seeds. Thanks very much.
I made a great spicy chicken salad the other day and people loved it.
I never measure so just try it to your taste
Poached chicken breast diced
fresh grilled red bells chopped
fresh grilled corn on cob cut off cob
fresh minced Jalapenos
fresh chopped celery
I mixed this all together then added a little cumin kosher salt and black pepper. I then took mayo and added the sauce from a can of chipotle chiles. It was really good,
I do chicken salad with bacon, pancetta, radishes, good mustard, a little mayo, sage, tarragon, thyme, s&p, and sometimes capers.
Curried chicken salad is a nice change from the usual. Chopped cooked chicken, finely diced celery, finely chopped scallion, toasted slivered or sliced almonds, golden raisins, salt and pepper. Bind all together with curried mayonnaise: heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over med-low heat, add 2 tablespoons quality curry powder and cook, stirring, to a paste until the curry powder is fragrant (just two minutes or so). Let cool to room temperature then combine with a half cup of mayonnaise. (must cook curry powder to bring out the flavor.)
I made one similar to that recently, and also added some toasted coconut that I had around. I think I used pecans instead of almonds, since that's what I had on hand. I didn't bother to cook the curry powder - that's a good tip. I also doctored up the curry powder a bit with cayenne pepper and cumin.
I normally don't eat chicken salad, but the heat was really making me crave my mother's chicken salad with macaroni and pineapple, which really hit the spot. I may try my hand at her chicken salad with beets and apple if the warm weather comes back.
I recently made salmon rilletes (link in profile), which isn't too far at all from a salmon salad. I'd highly recommend it if it's something you'd like to use more as a spread for crackers or toast, but I'm not sure you would want to make a whole sandwich out of it. It's a great picnic food and you can't beat the taste!