Today’s chicken salad with grapes recipe introduces a perfect meal-prep food. It can make a light and exquisite meal for both picnics and family dinners.
In this salad, the sweetness of grapes is matched with the richness of mayonnaise and the crunchiness of pecans. It’s full of amazing flavor and pulls together in no time!
What Is Chicken Salad?
Chicken salad is a general name for all the mixed salads made with chicken as the main ingredient. People usually add an additional mixture of vegetables, fruits, and nuts to work in the background.
The veggie mix in a chicken salad may vary greatly between cuisines, based upon regional customs and cultural differences.
Chicken salad can be served with or without the involvement of a binder (a.k.a. a dressing). The dressing used in a chicken salad can either be cream-based or mustard-based.
Is Chicken Salad With Grapes Healthy?
For such a creamy and delicious dish, this chicken salad with grapes is surprisingly light and healthy.
This meal adds protein to your diet while keeping the calories low. You’ll get your lean protein source from the chicken breast, the omega-3 from the pecans, and antioxidants from the grapes.
In particular, with this salad, you’ll have a subtle crunch of the nuts, a pronounced freshness from the grapes, and, of course, the tender, chewy chicken chunks. Don’t hesitate to serve it at a brunch to keep you satisfied until the next big meal.
Calories in This Recipe
One serving of this chicken salad with grapes provides 245 calories. Additionally, you get 15.6 grams of protein and 13.1 grams of total carbohydrate.
Ingredients for Chicken Salad
This chicken salad with grapes bursts with sweetness from the grapes and aromatic nutty flavors from the pecans. It also comes with a creamy dressing to bind things together and create a beautiful texture contrast.
1. Chicken Breast
Either shredded or cubed chicken breast is allowed in this chicken salad with grapes recipe. For our part, we prefer cube-shaped chicken in the salad, so we chunk the raw chicken breast first.
For shredded chicken, using a hand mixer is recommended for convenience. Forks can also produce a similar result, however, it would certainly require you more time and work.
If time is short for you, consider making the best use of your on-hand rotisserie chicken or leftover grilled chicken. After some spice rubbing, they will all come out equally delicious in this salad.
It is unquestionable how fresh grapes can lend bursts of sweetness to this salad.
We use black seedless grapes for this salad as we believe it’s the best choice for excellent succulence and sweetness. Together with the nuts and chicken, these ripe, juicy grapes add a final touch to the salad, creating nourishing and complex flavors.
In reality, the sweetness varies between different varieties of grapes. So, performing some quick research before tossing the salad can help.
For a savory crunch and flavor, we believe chopped nuts are a must-have ingredient for this salad. Although this recipe specifically calls for chopped almonds, please feel free to look for other types of nuts if preferred. For example, roasted pecans, walnuts, or cashews can also be great additions.
4. Dressing for Chicken Salad With Grapes
The dressing for chicken salad with grapes is made simply by stirring together mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and sour cream. Make sure you spend some time whisking it well until completely combined.
To make it simpler, put everything into a blender if you’re short on time, but need a smooth and silky salad dressing.
In place of full-fat mayonnaise, here are a few alternatives to lighten up the salad:
- Light mayonnaise
- Sour cream
- Greek yogurt
- Mashed avocado
If sour cream or Greek yogurt is added, we suggest doubling the grapes to neutralize the tartness of the salad. You can also make a mixture of both types (full-fat mayo and one of its lighter counterparts) if desired.
How to Make Chicken Salad With Grapes
Marinate and sear the chicken: Marinate the chicken breasts with salt and ground black pepper. Sear the marinated chicken with olive oil over medium heat. Let chill.
Cut the chicken: Allow the chicken breast to cool down and cut into large cubes.
Make the dressing: Whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and sour cream. Set aside.
Toss: Toss chicken together with grapes, celery, scallions, and the dressing.
Serve: Sprinkle chopped almonds on top and enjoy.
How Long Does Chicken Salad Last?
Chicken salad with grapes can keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days if stored properly in an airtight container or wrapped with plastic wrap.
However, if you serve this salad outdoors under the hot sun, please make sure it’s finished within an hour for food safety. This time limit can extend to 2 hours if left at room temperature.
Can You Freeze Chicken Salad?
Yes, you can. However, note that freezing this chicken salad with grapes will cause the mayo to separate from the dressing.
Following the same method as when refrigerating, we believe it’s better to freeze the cooked chicken separately. To defrost, thaw the chicken in the fridge a day before, then add the mayo dressing and other fresh ingredients the day after.
What to Serve With Chicken Salad?
Chicken salad with grapes is already great on its own. You can easily keep a container of it to have ready for quick lunches and large gatherings.
Here are some more ideas to get creative with it:
1. Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasted sweet potatoes make a terrific side for this chicken salad with grapes. They come with a caramelized, salty exterior and a soft, pillowy interior— guaranteed to complement the salad beautifully.
2. Wraps and Sandwiches
This savory-sweet salad is delicious to fill wraps and sandwiches. Scoop a spoonful of it and put it on a bed of leafy greens before wrapping them together in toasted sandwiches or bread buns. Also, try stuffing it in lettuce wraps or eat it straight with crackers.
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- Marinate the chicken breasts with salt and ground black pepper. Sear the marinated chicken with olive oil over medium heat. Let chill.
- Allow the chicken breast to cool down and cut into large cubes.
- To make the dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and sour cream. Set aside.
- Toss the chicken together with grapes, celery, scallions, and the dressing.
- Sprinkle chopped almonds on top.
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