A chicken salad recipe that will make you want to eat it everyday!
I love chicken salad, especially this cashew chicken salad. I have often thought that I could probably eat this every lunch time. But thenI realize I love variety and trying new things so I mix it up. But if there was a food that could hook me, it would be this one. The key is something I didn’t come up with, it was my brother. He told me that in his chicken salad he likes to put lemon juice to add some tartness. I tried it and it worked so perfect in this recipe. I can’t wait to share it with you.
To replace regular mayonaise I use Grapeseed Vegenaise. It’s by Follow your Heart and you can find it in the fridge of your local health food store. I like it because you don’t get the bad fats (Poly Unsaturated Fats) in your regular mayonnaise you buy at the store. Only get the Grapeseed Mayo with the Purple lid, that’s the one that has the “good” oil in it.
3 cups cooked free-range chicken, chopped (I usually boil mine for chicken salad)
1/2- 2/3 cup of Grapeseed Veganaise or homemade Mayo
1/4 cup heavy cream or coconut cream
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup roasted and unsalted cashews, chopped
1/2 cup fresh italian parsley, chopped
lemon juice from 1/2 a fresh lemon (fresh is important here for ideal taste)
dash of salt and pepper
- In a small bowl add the chopped chicken
- In a large mixing bowl combine mayo and cream. If you don’t use cream and are dairy free just add more mayo or milk alternative (like coconut or almond milk). The cream adds moisture to the dish
- Add green onions, celery, cashews (roasted cashews makes this dish and raw cashews, although more healthy, doesn’t taste very good), parsley, lemon juice and stir
- Add the chicken and once combined add the salt and pepper
- If you need more mayo or parsley, add it to your preference
- Serve on a salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocado OR on rice cakes OR on little slices of cucumber
And this is my Photography Assistant, Greta. She always thinks she’s going to get a treat or two. And in this shoot, she got a cashew for being patient. She’s so good at waiting.