Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Best Chicken Salad- My Secret

The Lentz family are big fans of chicken salad.  What's funny is that I just started eating it about a couple years ago!  My mom stumbled across a very important chicken salad secret and I have using it ever since...... here it is.... 
drum roll..........
 Marie's Cole Slaw Dressing!
My mom discovered this a couple years ago.  I think maybe Paula Deen uses it in hers.  I should probably look into that.  I get compliments on this chicken salad anytime I've brought it places or made it for anyone.  Honestly, the Marie's does the trick!

You also need the following:
1/2 cup mayonaise
1/4 cup Marie's
salt & pepper to taste
2-3 cooked, shredded (or chopped if that's your thing) chicken breasts
1 cup grapes
2-3 green onions chopped
1 stalk celery chopped/sliced thinly
1/2 apple chopped into small chunks
*cranberries would be good, I toyed with putting in craisins- they are shown below, however- they did NOT make the cut into my chicken salad.

Sorry craisins, nothing personal.  Just not feelin' it.

And I wish I would have had some walnuts.  Maybe next time.  Of course, if I buy walnuts I think I'd rather put them into cookies... 

Anyway, back to the point-  mix all ingredients to your liking.  Add more or less of whatever you want.  If you like yours creamier, add more mayo or Marie's.  If you are into curry, add a bit, I know lots of people who love curry chicken salad.  Just not this momma.

You can eat this on a fresh roll or just plain bread too.  I always just eat it with Ritz crackers.  Such a light and fresh meal.  

And I'll check into that Paula Deen thing, wouldn't want to not give credit where it's due!  
I'll let you know!


  1. That looks really yummy, Kristie! My chicken salad also has celery & grapes but I use mayo, sour cream, curry, & lemon juice.
    Also, your pics always look way better than mine!
    ~ Alison

  2. Um, yum! There is a taragon chicken salad at Central Market I love. Maybe I'll try my hand at making it using the Marie's...surely I can play around with it and find something close!