This creamy chicken salad with walnuts and grapes is a delicious and easy chicken salad recipe with tender chicken, crisp red grapes, chopped walnuts, red onions, and more. The perfect appetizer to serve with crackers or make mini sandwiches for your next gathering.
Chicken salad is one of those classic recipes that we’ve all had again and again over the years. From sandwiches to served with crackers, chicken salad is a staple food for so many of us. What I love about it is how versatile it is. You can serve it in so many ways, and it’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or to serve at potlucks. It really is an all-purpose dish, and it’s so easy to make which is a big bonus for me.
Creamy Chicken Salad with Walnuts and Grapes
When I need a recipe that’s full of flavor and not work, I reach for this recipe. With its versatility and flavor, it’s always a great option. It starts with tender shredded chicken breast. Then, it’s combined with mayo, red grapes, red onions, sliced green onions, water chestnuts, walnuts, and other delicious ingredients. What you end up with is a chicken salad full of a variety of flavors and textures. Every bite is an explosion of flavor that’s always welcome.
Why You’ll Love This Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe
- It uses simple ingredients and is an inexpensive recipe to make.
- It’s so full of flavor and makes a great appetizer for game day, potlucks, family gatherings, afternoon snacking, or served on sandwiches.
- It’s incredibly easy to make.
Creamy Chicken Salad Tips and Variations
This recipe is so easy to make, I only have one tip for it. I do, however, have some variations that I think you’re going to love.
- Shred your chicken as soon as it’s cool enough to handle. Warm chicken shreds far more easily than cool or cold chicken.
- Try using rotisserie chicken in place of boiled chicken breasts.
- Leftover chicken or canned chicken works well.
- You can use chopped pecans in place of walnuts.
- Celery and/or dried cranberries are a great addition.
- Green grapes are delicious too.
- Serve on bread with pieces of crispy lettuce for a refreshing sandwich.
What to Serve with Creamy Chicken Salad
You can serve all kinds of delicious sides with chicken salad. Some of the tastiest options (in my opinion) include:
- On bread as sandwiches
- Waldorf salad
- French fries
- Sweet potato fries
- Caesar salad
- Fresh fruit
- Potato chips
- Sweet potato chips
- Mac and cheese
- Baked beans
Creamy Chicken Salad FAQ
If you have questions about this recipe, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about chicken salad.
Is chicken salad healthy?
Yes and no. While it’s packed with lean protein, vegetables, fruits, and nuts, it’s also made with a creamy, mayonnaise-based dressing. In general, when enjoyed in moderation, it’s a healthy-ish recipe.
How long does chicken salad last in the fridge?
You can store this chicken salad in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 3 to 5 days.
Are green onions good in chicken salad?
Absolutely! They’re the perfect flavor addition to chicken salad.
Can chicken salad be made in advance?
It sure can. Make it the day before you need it so you don’t have to rush.
Can I freeze creamy chicken salad?
No. Mayonnaise breaks when it defrosts, leading to a watery texture that’s unpleasant and not very good.
How to Store Leftover Creamy Chicken Salad
You can store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
Creamy Chicken Salad with Walnuts and Grapes Ingredients
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this recipe. You’ll find them all easily at your local grocery store.
- Cooked chicken breasts
- Red seedless grapes
- Red onion
- Green onions
- Water chestnuts
- Chopped walnuts
- Apple cider vinegar
- Black pepper
How to Make Creamy Chicken Salad
Making this recipe is even easier than the ingredient list. It only takes 3 steps!
Step 1: Combine Chicken and Mayo
Add the shredded chicken and mayonnaise to a large bowl and stir until combined.
Step 2: Add the Remaining Ingredients
Add the grapes, red onions, green onions, water chestnuts, chopped walnuts, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper to the chicken mixture. Stir to combine.
Step 3: Chill
Cover and chill. Then, enjoy on sandwiches with your favorite sides, as an appetizer with crackers or make lettuce wraps.
Try This Delicious Chicken Salad Recipe Today
This delicious chicken salad recipe is great for parties, potlucks, family gatherings or an afternoon snack. Easy to make, great to serve with crackers, for sandwiches or lettuce wraps. One taste and you will definitely want this easy chicken salad recipe in your rotation.
More Delicious Recipes You’ll Enjoy
The Best Chicken Sandwich – A copycat Chick-Fil-A recipe that is made with tender chicken breast, fresh lettuce and tomato, and pepper jack cheese, all placed on a homemade bun.
Easy Club Sandwich – A delicious sandwich made with ham, turkey, bacon, two types of cheese, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, all on toasted bread. It’s a great sandwich for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sliders – Tender chicken, topped with pineapple coleslaw, BBQ sauce, and placed on slider buns. It’s a great recipe to make for lunch, dinner, or for parties.
And, try this Rachel Sandwich from Great Grub, Delicious Treats. This delicious sandwich has turkey, swiss cheese, coleslaw, and is served on rye bread.
Chicken Salad with Walnuts and Grapes
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless skinless , boiled and shredded
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup red grapes, cut in half
- 1 medium red onion, diced
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 5 ounce can water chestnuts, chopped
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, add shredded chicken and mayonnaise. Stir until combined.
- Next, add grapes, red onions, green onions, water chestnuts, chopped walnuts, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.
- Stir to combine, cover and place in the refrigerator to chill.
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