Will’s Chicken Salad

chiksalad11Think of the ordinary chicken salad that you know and love.  Perhaps you had it on sandwiches growing up, for picnics and Saturday lunches, or for pit stops on road trips.  This recipe is a simple yet surprisingly delicious variation on that basic recipe, combining the uniquely sweet flavor of red & green grapes and walnuts.  Kind of like a distant cousin to a Waldorf Salad, but admittedly the walnuts are about the only commonality.

Not only is it delicious on Pita Bread or Croissants; you can also use it to stuff a tomato or an avocado on a bed of lettuce, then surround it with crackers.  Of course you could also enjoy it on your favorite sandwich bread as well.  In any case, it is a delightful summer dish, cool and refreshing, and so simple to make! The kids will love it!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: (for chicken, 50 minutes)
Level: Easy
Servings: 4


2 whole skinless boneless chicken breasts, cooked
1 cup mayonnaise
1 TBSP tarragon
3 cups seedless grapes, red & green mixed
1/2 cup walnut halves, chopped
4 whole Pita breads, or 8 Croissants



1.  Mix tarragon and mayonnaise and refrigerate overnight.

chiksalad12.  Rinse grapes, cut in half, then drain well on paper towels.

3.  Mix all ingredients well with mayo mixture.



*Note – as an alternative to mixing the tarragon & mayo overnight, simply mix all the ingredients at one time, but then place entire salad mixture in fridge to chill for several hours before serving.


4.  Serve on Croissants or in Pitas.  Can also be used to stuff a tomato or avocado halves, then serve on lettuce leaves with crackers.





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  1. I freakin’ LOVE this salad!!!! Dummy me – I have never had it on croissants and just completely imagined how amazing it must be on one. Been a long time since I’ve made Mom’s version of this. Time to make Dad’s ☺

    • We actually got this recipe from a friend some years ago, your mom used to make it all the time. It’s really a nice change from “regular” chicken salad.

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