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velochic Oct 25, 2011 01:40 PM

There is a restaurant near me that serves nothing but cold sandwiches and salads. They make this chicken salad that has a creamy dressing that is quite nice. The dressing tastes a little bit sweeter than the usual chicken salad dressings I've tasted. I know it has mayonnaise and sour cream... and I've been told it has cream cheese in it, as well. That would make sense because it does have a nice balance of sweet. However, they use both grapes and apples in the "salad", so the sweetness may be coming from those components as well.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone here has run across a recipe for this dressing or has an idea of how it might be assembled. I have searched the web extensively and have not found anything that resembles this. TIA!

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    ellabee Oct 26, 2011 03:01 PM

    Velochic, possibly this later post of yours would have been a better start:

    :: I'm looking for the proportions for the dressing only [of a nice chicken salad sold at a restaurant near me]. The rest, I have figured out. I'm just wondering if anyone has a recipe for a dressing that calls for nothing more than mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese. That's it. It will save me time and money if someone already has it, but if not, I'll spend a couple of hours and the money to figure it out myself. The dressing, along with the salad ingredients really are very delicious:

    - Oven roasted chicken rubbed with mild curry
    - Roasted pecans
    - Halved grapes
    - Chopped apple

    That's it. Very simple, but very delicious. The dressing gets a little yellowish from the curry and I was told is is only mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese. Nothing more. It's really quite nice. ::

    Thank you for the inspiration that's given me. I'm always up for experimenting with chicken salad, so other posters, thank you for your ideas, too.

    1. greygarious Oct 26, 2011 09:37 AM

      Your initial post made it sound like the cream cheese was a possibility but not a certainty, and you did not clarify that the three fats are the sole ingredients. You should have specified that all you are looking for is proportions. It's hardly a waste of money or ingredients for you to start out with a tsp of each and adjusting from there until you replicate what you are looking for.

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        velochic Oct 26, 2011 09:14 AM

        Well, according to the woman I talked to, she said that the dressing is only those 3 ingredients. No vinegar, no honey, no spices or herbs. Not even salt. Just mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese. I was sure someone along the way someone here had encountered something of this sort, but perhaps not. I've finagled the ingredients out of them, but they won't give me the proportions.

        Goodhealthgourmet - of course I can mess around with it and will figure it out. I posted here, though, to save the time and money it will cost to get to the solution. Why spend the time if someone here already knows it and will pass along the info? Isn't that the point of this place?

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          escondido123 Oct 26, 2011 09:46 AM

          Any chance it is Miracle Whip rather than mayo? That would give you the sweetness. Then again, the person could be leaving out ingredients so you have to come there for the "famous" chicken salad.

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            goodhealthgourmet Oct 26, 2011 02:09 PM

            Why spend the time if someone here already knows it and will pass along the info? Isn't that the point of this place?
            ~~~~~~~~
            well sure, *if* someone has the recipe or has been to the restaurant and eaten the dish...but you didn't post the name & location of the place so we're all flying blind here. my suggestion was based on your response earlier this morning that those of us who tried to help were missing the mark. once you said that you did actually know the ingredients, just not the proportions, i figured you were more than halfway there and better suited to cobbling it together than those of us who don't know what the original dressing tastes like.

            try posting a query with the name of the restaurant on your regional board. that's really the best/only way i can think of to find someone who might have the exact recipe you seek.

          2. michele cindy Oct 26, 2011 07:24 AM

            I make a honey mustard mayo sauce and mix my leftover chicken in it. I just use, a bit of honey a dark mustard, and a good mayo together, taste it until you have proportions to your liking. Toss with the shredded or cubed chicken. Chill a bit and serve.
            Update - I just read what the op asked, and see this doesn't answer the question... To answer the OP could they be using something like miracle whip instead of traditional mayo? This would add a sweetness to the dressing.

            1. monavano Oct 26, 2011 06:26 AM

              The balance that you taste is probably red wine (or other) vinegar and honey. You can also use agave.

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                velochic Oct 26, 2011 05:51 AM

                Thanks for the responses. None of these are what I'm looking for, though. Really, I'm not looking for a new chicken salad recipe... I'm looking for the proportions for the dressing only. The rest, I have figured out. I'm just wondering if anyone has a recipe for a dressing that calls for nothing more than mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese. That's it. It will save me time and money if someone already has it, but if not, I'll spend a couple of hours and the money to figure it out myself. The dressing, along with the salad ingredients really are very delicious:

                - Oven roasted chicken rubbed with mild curry
                - Roasted pecans
                - Halved grapes
                - Chopped apple

                That's it. Very simple, but very delicious. The dressing gets a little yellowish from the curry and I was told is is only mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese. Nothing more. It's really quite nice.

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                  coll Oct 26, 2011 05:58 AM

                  I always add honey to mine, it's what the German delis always did. Just a drizzle, not too much. Put it over the chicken and mix in before you put your preferred dressing.

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                    goodhealthgourmet Oct 26, 2011 06:34 AM

                    since none of us know what it tastes like but you do, AND you seem to know all the ingredients, why don't you just play around with the proportions yourself until it tastes right to you?

                  2. goodhealthgourmet Oct 25, 2011 02:01 PM

                    scroll down to "Cardinal Chicken Salad" (2nd recipe on the page):
                    http://www.food.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?...

                    1. Veggo Oct 25, 2011 01:59 PM

                      Ask them next time? Sometimes when I make the "fruited' version of chicken salad, with grapes, apples, golden raisins, or pineapple, I sometimes add a little orange juice if my chicken looks a little dry. I usually use a grocery rotisserie chicken, sometimes the day old, dollar off ones, and they can be a bit dry. But I wouldn't use citrus if I were making a savory version like curry or chipotle or sun-dried tomato.

                      1. greygarious Oct 25, 2011 01:56 PM

                        I wrote this down years ago, from a magazine. I think the recipe is southern.

                        5 lbs chicken breasts

                        2 qts water

                        1 t seasoned salt

                        parsley

                        l large onion, quartered

                        2 chicken bouillon cubes

                        Bring all except meat to boil, add meat, simmer until cooked through., about 40 min. Cool, shred, reserve.

                        Dressing:
                        1/2 c Italian dressing

                        1 c mayo

                        2 T sugar

                        1 T white vinegar

                        1-1/2 t celery seed

                        1/2 t salt

                        paprika

                        Mix above together. To the chicken, add 1/2 c sour cream, 1 T honey, some chopped water chestnuts, almonds, or pecans, and as much of the dressing as suits your taste. (I never made this, just wrote it down and it seems like there was a direction about reserving some of the dressing to go over the final composed salad, which included greens, but I didn't write down that amount).

                        No cream cheese or fruit here, but it does have the sweet element and the sour cream.

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