Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summertime Chicken Salad {gluten, dairy and egg-free}

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This classic summertime dish is a favorite of mine.  It makes me smile come dinner time when I open the fridge and see it in there, just waiting for me - the preparation already completed earlier in the day.  A cool and refreshing meal at the end of a hot summer day. This also makes a great lunch that can be packed in a cooler bag and taken along to work or school.  And now those with egg allergies can enjoy it too, thanks to the tasty eggless mayo options available.  I use to use Vegenaise but I recently found an option I like much better - Spectrum Eggless-Vegan Light Canola Mayo.  If you enjoy chicken salad, go ahead and cook  enough chicken for several batches.  Shred or dice it all and freeze the extra in batch sizes so the next time you want to make chicken salad, you won't have to turn your oven on (yay!).

Summertime Chicken Salad {gluten, dairy and egg-free}

3 large chicken breasts (yields about 3-4 cups of cooked, shredded chicken)
1 cup grapes, halved
1 cup apples, diced
1 cup mayonaise (for egg-free use Spectrum Eggless-Vegan Light Canola Mayo or Vegenaise)
1 TBSP vinegar
1 TBSP sugar (optional)
1 tsp dill
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1/4 - 1/2 tsp pepper
Step 1 - Bake chicken breasts at 375 for about 30 minutes, or until cooked through.  Once cooked, shred chicken by using two forks to pull the meat apart.  If you prefer, you can dice the chicken instead of shred it.
Step 2 - Cut the apple and the grapes.
Step 3 - In mixing bowl, whisk together mayo, vinegar, sugar, and seasonings.  Set aside.
Step 4 - Toss the chicken, apples, grapes and sauce together until well combined.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Oh, and be sure to serve it in your prettiest serving dish.
Serve on its own, wrapped in a romaine lettuce leaf, or in a gluten-free tortilla wrap.
NOTE:  This is always best the second day, so its a great make-ahead dish.


  1. Just pinned your great recipe and thanks for sharing on Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  2. I love chicken salad that has fruit in it and I've never had a recipe. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

    1. Diane - Your welcome! And thank you for hosting Foodie Friday! Hope you'll enjoy the chicken salad once you get a chance to try it!


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