Chicken salad sampler: 8 to try

What color is your chicken salad? The option-happy dish enjoys year-round rotation but seems to come into its own in warm weather. With the right combination of ingredients — starting, say, with a rotisserie bird — you can skip cooking altogether.

Avoiding mayonnaise these days? Greek yogurt or mashed avocado can stand in as a creamy component, or you can go the vinaigrette route. Is crunch a must-have? Besides the stalwart celery, a world of nuts and radishes and greens is at your disposal. Natural sweetness can play off any tang or tartness once you include grapes, mango, dried fruit or a touch of honey.

You’ve got your favorites. Still, you might be able to find a few more in this batch of eight. Note to curious vegetarians: There’s something here for you, too.

Pecan Chicken Salad A classic, with grapes.


photos by Deb Lindsey for The Washington PostRich and retro.ich and retro.

Dalia’s Hot Chicken Salad Rich and retro.

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Three-Day Chicken Easier than it sounds. (Just takes that long for the flavors to blend.)


Potato and Chicken Salad With Salsa Verde  An entree just for two.


Pear and Chicken Picnic Salad A non-mayonnaise that gets a flavor boost from sauteed walnuts.


Chicken Salad for the Ladies High-society, sure. With mango and lots of yogurt (and a little mayo).


Saffron Chicken, Lemon and Green Bean Salad Refreshing, flavorful, healthful. Check out how the lemon peel’s prepared.


Tastes Like Chicken Salad No ersatz meat here; the base for this is soaked sunflower seeds.


Share your favorite recipe and/or preparation in the comments below. Check out other chicken salad recipes in our Recipe Finder. And let’s talk chicken salad during Wednesday’s Free Range chat at noon: live.washingtonpost.com.

Bonnie S. Benwick has the job most envied among cocktail-party conversations. If they only knew . . . . Cook with her each week at Dinner in Minutes: washingtonpost.com/recipes.
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