A creamy chicken salad recipe that is full of surprises and flavours like celery, grapes and almonds. Perfect for your next BBQ.
This is sort of obvious to some of us, but some people may not know...heavy whipping cream is not interchangeable with Cool Whip. Cool Whip is sweetened and non-dairy and heavy whipping cream is in a carton sold next to the half and half and is unsweetened. You would be better off substituting softened butter as that's what heavy whipping cream is after a heavy whipping, lol. Or possibly a creme fraiche or sour cream. Not trying to be snotty, just trying to help. - 20 Apr 2005 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
This is a wonderful base recipe for many variations of chicken salad and pretty darn good on it's own too! Definitely 5 stars as written and for it's potential! HELPFUL HINTS: Heavy whipping cream is NOT cool whip which changes the complexity of the salad. ADDITIONS: For a different salad built on the recipe base, try adding cranraisins, chives, pecans, candied cashews (found at Trader Joes) and/or cayenne pepper. Also, curry is a nice spice to add to give the salad different character. A crowd pleaser to be sure! - 11 Jan 2011 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Let me start by saying that I am a chicken salad traditionalist (in other words, I typically do not like `foreign' ingredients in my basic salads, things like grapes, raisins, and so on). So, I was very reluctant to try this recipe despite all the good reviews. But, I took a chance and made it for a friend's baby shower. Even while I was mixing it I was cringing and afraid...old opinions die hard...grapes and mayo...yuck! Anyway, I have no regrets. Wonderful recipe that I got many compliments on. The grapes were awesome with the other ingredients; they fit right in and were delicious. It's a lot of work to make fresh chicken salad, but when I make it again, this is the recipe I'll use. So if you are a traditionalist, like me, go ahead and try something different. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised and expand your food horizons! One more thing, I used pecans instead of almonds...really I think any nut you have on hand would work as well. - 07 Jul 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)