Chicken salad sandwich and introducing everyday eats

chickensaladsandwich_1Often you hear “food people” get asked “So what is it you really eat?”

Everyone knows it’s not roasted duck and souffle on a daily basis. But everyday eating doesn’t have to be bland. So, we’re introducing Everyday Eats; a recurring feature on the blog looking at the sandwiches, packed lunches and 30 minute dinners that foodies make over and over again.

Things like my favorite chicken salad sandwich.

I’m a little obsessed with chicken salad. It contains many of my favorite things: roasted chicken, mayonaise and herbs. Put it on bread, or throw it on a bed of lettuce, chicken salad packs and travels well, utilizes leftovers and can easily be eaten while hunched over a keyboard.

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Chicken salad sandwich with herbed mayonaise

(Makes enough for 3-4 days worth of lunches)

  • 1 roasted chicken breast, cubed (preferably leftover) 
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup of red grapes, halved
  • 1/8 cup sliced or chopped toasted almonds (sub. walnuts)
  • 1/4 cup mayonaise (preferably homemade)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary or thyme
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • dash of black pepper
  • dash of coarse salt

In a medium bowl, add the mayonaise, chopped herbs, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Dill is my preferred herb for this salad so I use more than listed above, but you can sub any herb you like. If you’re in a hurry you can skip the lemon and herbs and add a tablespoon of any lemon/herb salad dressing, Salad Girl is my favorite.

Add the chicken, celery, grapes and almonds to the bowl. Mix until all ingredients are covered. Note:

Serve between two slices of lightly toasted whole grain bread (the twiggier the better) with lettuce and slices of local tomato. (But only if tomatos are in season.)

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