This Lightened Up Chicken Salad is the perfect mix of tangy and sweet. It comes together easily using what you already have in your fridge.
Whenever Rob and I decide to have chicken salad, or tuna salad, for dinner we end up at odds. Rob loves a mayonnaise-only chicken and tuna salad. While I prefer more mustard and a limited amount of mayo. Rob is a purist: limited veggies added in. While I want to include as many vegetables and add ins as possible.
When my mom served up this version of chicken salad during lunch while we were visiting in St. John, I couldn’t wait to recreate it at home. In fact, the creation of this salad at my house included a phone call to my mom to get the specifics of everything she included.
The only item I wasn’t able to identify on my own: lemon juice. A not-so-secret ingredient that makes this (Fridge Clean Out) Lightened Up Chicken Salad tangy and that much more refreshing. It works as both a light summer meal and as a quick winter eat.
As far as chicken salads go, this lightened up version comes together quickly with items you already have in your fridge. A bit of lemon juice, some tablespoons of relish, a squeeze of mustard, combined with the vegetables you are trying to use up, and you are ready to go! Even better? Using a pre-made rotisserie chicken saves you time (or use leftover chicken!).
This stuff doesn’t even need bread or crackers. It is tasty enough on it’s own to just eat with a spoon. But, for those of you who are branching out purists, throw it on some whole wheat slices, or go for a tortilla. My route of choice is usually some table crackers topped with a bit of cheddar cheese. Once I’m out of crackers, I take to what is left on my plate with a spoon.
What is your favorite way to make chicken (or tuna) salad?
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken, shredded
- 1 cup chopped Carrots
- 1 cup chopped Celery
- 1 cup chopped Onion
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Relish
- 2 tablespoons Spicy Mustard
- Combine all ingredients into large bowl.
- Mix together.