Thursday, January 26, 2012

Grandma's Easy Chicken Salad

For many summers, we would drive up to Grandpa and Grandma's and spend a long morning blueberry picking at a nearby blueberry farm. Grandma always packed a picnic lunch and after picking 70+ pounds of blueberries, we'd head to a local park for lunch. Something I've always appreciated about Grandma was her care and preparation of balanced meals, the picnic would include fruit, raw veggies, homemade cookies, sometimes chips, and sandwich makings--bread, peanut butter and jelly, condiments, lunchmeat or this chicken salad.

Grandma gave me this recipe at one of my bridal showers. Although the recipe is typed up (her exact recipe is below), in her neat handwriting she signed the bottom corner with Grandma C.

This comes together quickly and is just right for seasonings and flavors. I usually make a fruited chicken salad, so I found this sweet pickle version a lovely change. We enjoyed it with crackers, but it would make a perfect sandwich as well.

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1/3 c. finely chopped celery
1/4 c. chopped sweet pickle
2 tsp finely chopped onion
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1 1/2 c. chopped cooked chicken

Combine celery, pickle, and onion. Combine next four ingredients; fold into celery mixture along with chopped cooked chicken. Cover and chill.


  1. You are a lifesaver! (okay, at least a chicken saver) Thank You!

    I had a little "Senior Moment". This rescued me! Yesterday I cooked and de-boned my chicken. This morning I was chopping the celery, then just kind of zoned out on what "all" the other ingredients were.

    This recipe is pretty much *my* Seriously Southern Grandmother's recipe. I dislike the complicated (over bundled) versions that have fruits or nuts in them. I always make my Chicken Salad from scratch using whole chickens, slow stewed. So after all the hassle of cooking, cooling, and "picking" the chicken, I refuse to cover up the flavor with too many added items. This is the perfect mix to let the flavor of the chicken really shine through.

    Thanks again!!

  2. Soooo good. The kids and I ate over have the bowl with Crackers before it was chilled!


  3. OMGEEEEEEE! & Thank You soooo much for sharing part of your Grandma with us. This is a great, simple delish dish. =}

  4. Bridal showers are great events. i always go to bridal showers whenever i am invitied. i enjoy great food and great ambiance. :,',`

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  5. I made this recipe the other day with just a few alterations - excellent! Will definitely be adding it my regular lunch menu rotation!