Chicken Salad with Grapes + Pecans

The very first time I had this chicken salad with grapes I was at my good friend Heidi’s wedding shower. Back then I wasn’t a big fan of fruit in a savory salad, like totally hated it… but when I was served this salad, I pulled up my big girl pants, grabbed a forkful… and… I actually liked it, more like loved it!

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Several months later, I was having family over, I remembered that salad and how she had told me it was from Costco. So now I was on a hunt! I bee lined through the store to where I thought it should be and…. they DIDN’T HAVE IT!! WHAT??? How can it be? Well I guess it’s “seasonal” and “I guess” in the winter they stop carrying it. I cried for like 5 minutes. BUT! That was when the light bulb went off and I thought to myself… I could make it from scratch {this was so before my blogging days}… and I did… with a little help from the internet and a little tweak of my own!

So, if you are still making the traditional chicken salad recipe of chicken, celery, red onion {blah blah}… STOP! This recipe puts that old one to shame! It’s super quick to throw together, and it makes enough for a gathering of 6-8! Or, like me you could eat this everyday for lunch for a week!

It’s sooo good… that I’m not sure what I love most, if it’s the grapes, toasted pecans or the fact that I can eat it on a big fat croissant!

The Dressing:

Start by measuring out the dressing ingredients.

To the 1 cup mayo add your honey and vinegar.

Measure…

…And add your poppy seeds.

Season with salt and pepper then stir until creamy. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Now let’s make…

The Salad:

This is all you need for the salad. Well this and the dressing.

Wash and pat dry a cluster of grapes, like maybe a cup.

Then I toast the pecans in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant. Once all toasty and smelling awesome I instantly remove and coarsely chop. Don’t skip this step… the toasty nuts really help to make this salad!

I slice the two celery stalks in half lengthwise then dice.

In a large bowl; add the chicken, chopped toasted pecans, diced celery (you can totally use the celery leaves too!!), and add the red grapes. If the grapes are on the large side then cut them in half.

Pour in the dressing.

Stir until everything is dressed evenly. I recommend chilling it for at least an hour. And that is it!

This is hands down my favorite salad! I have made it a zillion times and it’s my go to chicken salad recipe.

I prefer mine, either on a bed of romaine or on a sinfully soft and buttery croissant. But if I’m feeling lazy I just spoon a mound into a bowl and I’m perfectly happy! Either ways are totally fabulous and equally satisfying!

Enjoy!

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Chicken Salad with Grapes + Pecans

An elegant spin on chicken salad... with grapes, toasted pecans and homemade poppyseed dressing.

Yield: 6-8 people

Prep Time: 20-30 minutes

Total Time: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Dressing:

1 cup Mayo

4 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar

6 teaspoons Honey

1 teaspoon Poppy Seeds

Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

For the Salad:

1 small Rotisserie Chicken, shredded in to bite size pieces {approx. 4 cups}

2 oz Pecans, lightly toasted then coarsely chopped

1 cup small Red Grapes {halved if large}

2 Celery Stalks {with leaves}, chopped small

Directions:

Measure and mix dressing ingredients, taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Set aside.

Combine salad ingredients, then pour the dressing over top. Toss and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Serve this salad on a buttery croissant or on a bed of romaine lettuce leaves!

*To toast pecans; place in a dry pan over medium heat, tossing occasionally until fragrant.

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4 Responses to “Chicken Salad with Grapes + Pecans”

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    shelley — July 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I am def makIng this! Thanks for all your amazing and easy to follow recipes! My husband actually loves it now when I say,”I”ll cook tonight!”..(as he is a chef):)

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    peggy — January 20, 2014 at 11:39 am

    i love this salad! i get compliments each and every time i make it!

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    Misfit Mom — September 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    My 12 year-old daughter said it’s ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! It’s her request for her birthday lunch!

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    Jennifer — June 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I made this one, it was divine. Just looked it up again, hopefully to make it again soon.

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