What Is a Basic Chicken Salad Recipe?


A basic chicken salad recipe combines a mixture of chicken, red onion, celery, parsley, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise, and the amounts of each can be adjusted to taste. Cooks can also use fat-free yogurt as a substitute for mayonnaise, which creates a lighter version of the lunchtime classic.

Basic Chicken Salad

This basic chicken salad recipe was originally introduced on "Everyday Food" and is hosted on the Martha Stewart website. It makes a single serving, but the ingredients can be multiplied to make more servings. It is easy to make and can easily be customized.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Ready in: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup chicken, diced
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon celery, minced
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons real lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Chop the ingredients
  2. Chop, mince and dice all of the ingredients as described above.

  3. Mix the ingredients
  4. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Serve on bread or eat by itself.

To make a low-fat chicken salad, substitute the mayonnaise with low-fat yogurt or low-fat mayonnaise.

Different ingredients can be substituted to create unique flavors. Suitable liquid ingredients include hot sauce, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, lime juice, chutney and soy sauce. Tasty solid ingredients include cucumbers, apples, grapes, bell peppers, cabbage, scallions, almonds, chickpeas, raisins, avocado and spinach. Herb and spice substitution options include cilantro, tarragon, oregano, curry powder and garam masala. A variety of alternate recipes can be found on the Health Magazine and Martha Stewart websites.

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