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Simple Homemade Chicken Salad

I love a good chicken salad, but I don’t love processed mayonnaise and the hydrogenated oils that it’s made with, so I’ve started to make my own.  It’s very simple! In a food processor, blend together:

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 large organic egg
  • 3/4 tsp Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 cup light olive oil

Then very slowly add in 1 cup of plain light olive oil.  You can use extra virgin, but your mayo will be yellow/green and taste very olive-y, like mine did today).  Unfortunately that was all I had in the kitchen.  Oh, and if you don’t use a vitamix (or similar type blender) it won’t be as thick as traditional mayo, but tastes just as good.

And whah-lah. It’s that easy…

For the chicken salad, I’ll use

  • Whole Foods plain rotisserie chicken (or preferably a whole chicken that I’ll cook in the slow cooker. I’m posting that recipe this week!)
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 2 tbsp Trader Joe’s roasted flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s raw slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup sliced grapes

Take about half of the mayo out of the blender and add in torn up pieces of the chicken.  Blend lightly for about 5-10 seconds.  Then, put in a bowl or storage container, mix in some more homemade mayo and the above ingredients, or whatever you’d like, and you’re done.  Now, you have lunch for the week!

  • Marla-Deen - I so agree! My favorite is Chicken Salad, but I am extremely picky! Especially since I don’t like or eat mayonnaise! My Mom always made her own, too.ReplyCancel

    • landriav - Thanks for posting Marla Dean! Me too, for sure!!! Sorry I’ve been missing class so much lately Busy month! I’m so ready to get back and have you kick my butt!ReplyCancel

  • kari - I tried making this mayo and nothing but a liquid mess….that tasted off. Is this due to not adding the oil slow enough? What is the consistency that you usually get?ReplyCancel

  • maria - I love your recipes but there is no easy print button on your page 🙁 I rather not print 3-4 pages of direction. Do you have your recipe easy to print in one page format?ReplyCancel

    • landriav - Hey Maria! Thanks for your note. Unfortunately I didn’t add the print recipe widget on my site until a year or so ago so none of the old recipes have the printing capability. I would just copy, paste (to notes section or email or word doc) and print if needed.ReplyCancel

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