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Summer Chicken Salad

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I’m  not sure how I managed to grow up in the South without discovering chicken salad. I guess it’s because even before I went “healthy” I wasn’t a big fan of over-processed mayo. It tasted fake to me.

Now that I’ve discovered REAL mayo, though, Southern foods are taking their rightful place in my kitchen. This has been the summer of potato salad, slaw and of course chicken salad. If you try this recipe don’t forget to come back and let me know what you think!


  • 2 lbs baked chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (We LOVE our homemade recipe)
  • 1 cup walnuts, pecans, or almonds (preferably soaked and dehydrated to remove phytates. For instructions on how to do this check out the recipe at Healthy Snacks That Toddlers Love Part 2. Follow the soaking instructions but do not sprinkle salt on them before placing them in the dehydrator. Or you can just buy them.)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp raw honey 
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 2 cups seedless grapes (halved)
  • 1 cup celery (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)
  •  unrefined sea salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, honey, and poppy seeds.
  2. In a large bowl, add diced chicken, nuts, grapes, celery and red onion.
  3. Add mixture to large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.
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8 Responses to Summer Chicken Salad

  1. Jerri says:

    Thank you! Gary and I love chicken salad and are always looking for a new recipe to try.

    • Heather says:

      You can take a Benjamin out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of a Benjamin!!! Or something like that ; – )

      BTW, congrats on your new grandbaby! Destiny is so blessed to have you and Gary there this time around. I have LOVED sharing this experience with our Gigi!

  2. Joanna Moore says:

    this is almost exactly like whole foods’ “sonoma chicken salad” which i’ve made a couple times and LOVE! we put it on croissants (need a find a way to make those healthy though, haha!) and it’s gone in no time!

  3. Esther says:

    you saved the day! we enjoyed this for supper last night. Chad and Curt devoured every bite and loved it.

    • Heather says:

      That’s awesome, Esther! Thank you again for keeping me in the loop on the Tropical Traditions special. I have a huge five gallon bucket heading my way . . . now to figure out where to put it!!!

  4. Marla says:

    Loving your summer chicken salad :)

    Cookin’ Canuck and I would love if you linked up this recipe & any 2 other Entrees in this weeks Get Grillin’ event posted on both of our blogs. We have an awesome Ile De France Cheese giveaway going on. You just need to link up on one site :)

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