April 4, 2011

C is for Chicken Salad

Do you have a favorite recipe for chicken salad? I’m no foodie, so anything I throw together is usually accomplished by winging it. I tried something different with chicken salad a while back and decided it was a keeper. Don’t ask me for specific measurements because I don’t work that way (see above).

The secret ingredient for this chicken salad is, appropriately enough, another C word – Cauliflower. The cruciferous vegetable adds a bit of a crunch to the concoction, without overly altering the taste. It was just the boost it needed.

No fancy directions here, just chop up some cooked chicken, add mayonnaise and Miracle Whip salad dressing to get desired consistency (I use probably equal amounts of both), add a pinch of salt, pepper and whatever seasonings you like. Depending on how much chicken you’re starting with, take a floret or two of raw cauliflower and chop finely before adding it to the mix.

Chicken salad heaven.

(You can see I'm not a
 photographer either)
Adding chopped cauliflower to the chicken salad is a great way to sneak in a small amount of healthy veggies where they won’t be noticed by the vegetable-haters in your household. Fresh cauliflower doesn’t have an overpowering flavor and the color blends in with the chicken salad and dressings so no one will be the wiser.

There you have it … Cauliflowered Chicken Salad Concoction – brought to you today by the letter C.

I'm taking the A-Z Blogging Challenge, where I will post something from each letter of the alphabet on the corresponding day in April, except for Sunday, on at least one if not all four of my blogs. You can see my other blogs in the sidebar - More of Marie Anne.


Theresa Leschmann said...

What a great trick, er, idea! I will definitely add this to my repertoire. Popping in by way of the A-Z Challenge. I’m blogging at:

Theresa Wiza said...

Love that idea. I like adding texture to chicken (or even tuna) salad. And it makes for a really healthy meal too.


Kimberly Morgan said...

I use sliced grapes in mine! Great idea for "C" --

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Amy Brantley said...

What a unique idea! Popping in by way of the A-Z Challenge. I’m blogging at:


Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

Just had tuna salad ... what was I thinking? ;-9

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Gregg said...

Can't say that I do. Didn't know there was a good recipe out there on the loose that anybody in his/her right mind wasn't looking for.

There are at least three places that chicken does not belong:

1) Salads
2) Pizzas
3) Tacos

I know, I know, "...that what you say..." Well, I said it.

If I come across that elusive, one of kind, lost recipe for chicken salad I will let it know that you are looking for it.
Gregg Metcalf
Colossians 1:28-29

Gospel-driven Disciples

Mike said...

Sounds good! Can you send me a sandwich?

Langley said...

I would never have considered putting cauliflower in chicken salad. Nice tip, thanks.

Gina said...

I LOVE chicken salad! I totally cheat and get an already cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, shred it up, add dried cranberries, apples, and mayonnaise. My husband and I eat it all week long for lunch!

Carla said...

I really like chicken salad sandwiches! Mmmm! I use grapes too.


Michelle Mach said...

My chicken salads usually have some kind of fruit in them--grapes or dried apricots. Never thought about using cauliflower before!

PK said...

I'm definitely going to try this, instead of my typical celery for crunch. I've tried cauliflower in so many things over the past few years, and this sounds delicious. Thanks!

Sidney said...

I just made a chicken salad, but I wish I had seen your recipe first. (Dill pickles and water chestnuts add a nice crunch, too.)

Next time...

I'm looking forward to more of your posts, Marie Anne.

A Fellow A-to-Z'er.