Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cashew Chicken Salad

Cashew Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is one of those dishes that automatically catches my eye on a restaurant menu.  It seems like every person and every restaurant makes their chicken salad just a bit different from the next.

And I’ll be the first to admit – there is not much special about this recipe. I made a big batch of it over the weekend and it was so good that it crossed my mind to share it here but I thought to myself, “who wants my chicken salad recipe when everyone has their own?”  But I asked and many of you said you would like to see it, so here it is!

While the recipe itself isn’t really out of the ordinary, it is by-far one of my favorite things to make, which makes it special in its own right.  I especially love to enjoy a chicken salad sandwich or wrap this time of year.  It’s hot outside and I would much rather be enjoying summer activities than spending a lot of time chopping, cooking and cleaning up a big meal.  I can whip up a big batch of  chicken salad over the weekend and have quick lunches ready to go.

You will find me subbing Greek yogurt in a lot of recipes around here – I like to bake with it, I like to throw it in pasta sauces, even tuna salad but if you ever eat my chicken salad, you can rest assured that it’s mayo in there, always, no questions asked.  I’ve tried it, I just can’t get passed that “something” that is missing from the Hellman’s, which, you can rest assured, is the only mayo allowed in our house.  Paul eats a lot of sandwiches.  That yellow label is a staple in our fridge and a staple in my chicken salad recipe, too.  I like to add fresh grapes for sweetness and cashews for a little unique flavor crunch and Paul usually tries to sneak in a little extra sweet relish too!

Cashew Chicken Salad

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Cashew Chicken Salad

Yield: serves 4

Total Time: 10 min

Classic savory chicken salad recipe with added grapes and cashews.


2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup halved red grapes
1/4 cashew halves & pieces
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Cavender’s Greek Seasoning
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp. salt


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well to combine. Adjust the seasonings to taste.

Serve with sandwich bread, crackers or croissants.

Cassie's Notes:
I used rotisserie chicken for this recipe but any chicken will do.

Cashew Chicken Salad


50 Responses to “Cashew Chicken Salad”

  1. #
    Angie — June 20, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    Chicken salad is soething I don’t make nearly enough. Your’s looks amazing!

  2. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — June 20, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    This chicken salad is insane! It’s like a completely amped up version and I almost can’t take how delicious it looks. Yum!

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    Vicki Bensinger — June 20, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    When there’s chicken salad in my house its gone in one day. Whether its put on sandwiches or snacked on, it’s the “go to” food for the day. I don’t make it too often and I’m not sure why since its loved so much.

    I too add grapes, sometimes pecans or cashews but I’ve never made it Greek style. That’s sounds good. I agree though, true chicken salad must have Hellman’s! You’ve I spired me now to make some this weekend.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — June 20, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    I am obsessed with cashews in chicken’s ridiculous! I am totally trying your the addition of the Greek Seasoning!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — June 20, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    I’m glad you shared yours!! Everyone’s is so different even though we all think it’s the same. We grew up with a class Miracle Whip version that I’m still addicted to but lately I’ve loved adding curry seasoning and grapes. LOVE that you used Greek seasoning since you know I’m a Greek food freak.

  6. #
    Tieghan — June 20, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    Cashews are my all time favorite! I love that you include them in your chicken salad! Thanks for sharing!

  7. #
    Kathryn — June 20, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    I love different recipes for staples like this chicken salad – your addition of cashews is a great idea!

  8. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 20, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Love a good chicken salad. I’m not much for pecans in mine so I will need to add cashews to see what happens. So happy you shared this recipe with us.

  9. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — June 20, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    I make tuna/egg salad a lot, but not chicken salad. I’m going to shake things up a bit. Ha! Love the addition of grapes!

  10. #
    Natalie — June 20, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    This looks really delicious! Love the cashews you added.

  11. #
    dixya| food, pleasure, and health — June 20, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    i am a big fan of chicken salad sandwiches anywhere I go to as well. Adding cashew is new to me will have to try it

  12. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 20, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    I just freaking love chicken salad. It’s such a classicly good dish!

  13. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — June 20, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Love this Cassie! Reminds me of a bridal shower 🙂

  14. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 20, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    We are crazy about our chicken salad too and yes it has to be mayo. I always add grapes to mine and sunflower seeds or walnuts. But a salty cashew sounds amazing.

  15. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — June 20, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    This salad makes me smile! I adore salty cashews!

  16. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 20, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    I love cashews, great addition to your chicken salad!

  17. #
    saly @ sallys baking addiction — June 20, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    I think you’re the only other gal who loves cashews as much as I do, Cassie. Totally trying this!

  18. #
    Nikki @Seeded at the Table — June 20, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    So glad you shared it! The best recipes are the ones that you use all the time, and think no one else needs. But, we do, girl! 🙂

  19. #
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — June 20, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    This looks delicious! I am a huge fan of chicken salad myself. And I love that you only use Hellman’s. We only use Best Food’s same yellow label just a different name since we’re here on the West Coast. I have tried other brands of mayo and it is just a no go. You’re right there is just something about it. Every once in a while my grocery store will sell 2 for $5 and I stock up so we’ve always got some even though we don’t use a ton of mayo in our house, I never want to be without it!

  20. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — June 21, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    Yes to this!! Cashews are the perfect way to add a little change up!

  21. #
    DessertForTwo — June 21, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    I love the cashews in this! Awesome!

  22. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — June 21, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    Yummy!… perfect for a picnic!!

  23. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — June 21, 2013 @ 8:01 am

    I’m cracking up over your love for Hellmann’s! I’m the same way. We had a “mayogate” discussion going on Twitter not too long ago that was hilarious. I, too, will almost always pick chicken salad on a menu. I love it. There’s a place that serves a curry version here in Nashville that is awesome. Yours sounds and looks fantastic (minus the celery…can’t stand the stuff)!

  24. #
    Kiran @ — June 21, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    My friend made me some chicken salad the other day and I’m hooked. This looks so similar to what I had. Yum!

  25. #
    ashley - baker by nature — June 21, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    I actually LOVE chicken salad (which is weird because I don’t really love chicken haha). This version looks amazing, Cassie!

  26. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 21, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    I love chicken salad with grapes and onions and all that good stuff! Such a fun idea to add cashews for a little creamy crunch, too. This looks so darn delicious, Cassie!

  27. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — June 21, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    We use Hellman’s Olive oil mayo, it has less fat than the regular, but more flavor than the Light mayo. Love the cashews in this recipe Cassie!

  28. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — June 21, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    Love cashews! Great salad, Cassie. 🙂

  29. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — June 21, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    Cassie, your Cashew Chicken Salad looks scrumptious! Happy first day of summer, girl! xo

  30. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — June 21, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Ooh, I am that brat who picks all the cashews out of the bowl of mixed nuts, haha. I love them! This looks SO delicious and refreshing for a summertime picnic lunch!

  31. #
    Tahnycooks — June 21, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    Mmmmm, I wish this was in front of my face right now for lunch! This looks so delicious!

  32. #
    Aimee @ Shugarysweets — June 21, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    Love the greek seasoning in there! I want this for dinner!

  33. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — June 22, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    This looks so perfect for lunch this week! Love that added crunch from the cashews. Yum!

  34. #
    Shaina — June 22, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    I actually don’t have my own go to chicken salad recipe so I might have to borrow yours! (if you dont mind 🙂 haha) I love that you use cashews, they are my absolute favorite nut. I can’t wait to try this out this summer

  35. #
    alex — June 22, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

    I’m with you, I just can’t pass up a chicken salad sandwich. It’s so interesting how people all make their chicken salad a little differently! My favorite? when someone else makes it for me!

  36. #
    Nessa — June 23, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    This looks great!

  37. #
    Velva — June 23, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

    A good chicken salad recipe is a “must have” this is a good one. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  38. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 24, 2013 @ 2:42 am

    Looks like I’ll be having this for lunch tomorrow!

  39. #
    sheila — June 24, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Chicken Salad never gets old. I love this version!!!

  40. #
    katie — June 24, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Oh this looks so good. I love anything with greek seasoning in it! I just recently started like chicken salad (gasp… i know)! I need to give your recipe a try!

  41. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 24, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    There is nothing better for a summer picnic than a good chicken salad! I love this so much Cassie!

  42. #
    angela @ another bite please — June 24, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    thanks for sharing…sometimes this everyday normal food is such a perfect reminder for me to make it…chicken salad i have not thought to make yet…pinning love the addition of cashews!

  43. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — June 24, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    This looks amazing and I’m pretty sure I have what it takes to make this for lunch this week! XO

  44. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — June 24, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    Mmmm I want this for lunch! I love this Cassie 😀

  45. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — June 24, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Chicken salad is one of my favorites and I always love trying different variations. Definitely whipping up this one for lunch this week, yum!

  46. #
    Aggie — June 24, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    Funny, I’m always drawn to chicken salads on menus too. I actually just pulled out chicken to make chicken salad for lunches this week because I’ve been craving it like crazy! This looks so good. Wish I had a nice sandwich for dinner tonight 🙂

  47. #
    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — June 24, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    I am a sucker for great chicken salad. This looks divine! I love a little sweetness in my salad too!

  48. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — June 26, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    Yum! I adore chicken salad sandwiches and this recipe sounds wonderful 🙂

  49. #
    Mallory @ Total Noms — June 27, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    Love chicken salad! This recipe looks awesome, and I really like the addition of cashews. Yum!


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