Great Chicken Salad
I am by no means a chicken salad kind of guy. But I just had a phenomenal version (from True Food in Nyack, NY), and I thought I'd offer the ingredients here, in case they're interesting to anyone. Nothing all that remarkable to my eye, but here goes:
red grapes (halved)
walnuts (chunky, but perhaps some crushed as well)
salt and pepper
The texture is more like baba gounoush than regular chicken salad. They really grind up the chicken (almost like the Turks do re: that pudding).
Love grapes or grilled pineapple in CS if eating it as a salad...on a sandwich I like it more plain and smooth. It's silly but "grapes + sandwich = does not compute."
Biggest improvement I've made to my CS is:
1. using grilled chicken breast (which I had marinated briefly in italian dressing), not boiled or poached. However, the char on the chicken gives it a darker look that some might not like. It almost looked like dark meat but was breasts only.
2. Using food processor to make it smoother. Chunks or strings of chicken do not get the dressing and frazzling by hand takes forever.
3. Mustard as someone else mentioned. Made the dressing taste like dressing and not just mayo.
Great topic - chicken salad is one of my favorite foods.
Found myself out of chicken broth which led to chicken salad today for lunch and I was cruising for a chicken salad recipe. Just thought I'd share mine. I love the grapes/cranberries/nuts type salads, but I am going with chunked up sun dried tomatoes, traditional pesto with pine nuts, and a little tart mayo.