A Side of Chicken Salad, Hold the Heat!

It’s getting hotter outside and I don’t know about you, but there are days when I just don’t want to even turn on the oven, never mind eat a heavy meal, but I still need to make dinner for the family. This is my solution. It’s quick, delicious and perfect as a light summer lunch or dinner, in salad form or as a sandwich, or, as you’ll see below, served over crispy, crunchy bread. It’s the perfect go-to for when the kids forget to tell you they’ve invited 10 of their friends over or when you need an easy but elegant lunch or dinner for friends. Use pre-cooked chicken and beat the heat! Plus, then it’s really just a matter of mixing the ingredients and plating, so hand that spatula over to your next generation of culinary master chefs and let the family kitchen time begin!




  • 1 whole-roasted chicken (your favorite recipe or a store-bought chicken)
  • White wine vinegar to taste
  • 3/4 cup red or green grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cashews, halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise or plain yogurt
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon


Pull all the meat off of the chicken and shred it. Place in a large mixing bowl.

Add 1/2 cup of mayo to the chicken and reserve the rest.

Add all other ingredients and mix well. (If the mixture is a bit dry, add the extra mayo.)

Add white wine vinegar, one teaspoon at a time. You want your chicken salad to have a bit of zip and tang, so add vinegar until you have acheived that tangy balance.


Serve as sandwiches or on top of crostinis.


Gourmet Dad
  • Jun Alapag

    i’m hungry already. thanks for the email.

  • Lori

    I have made something very similar to this, I add some dried cranberries and I roll mine in lettuce leaves to make a wrap. It is always a hit at our house!

  • Dean McDermott

    LOVE the lettuce wrap idea! Thank you Lori!

  • Tina

    So easy and delicious!

  • Mariana DingleHopper

    ok I’m TRYING THIS!