Experiencing the Whole New Flavor of Trader Joe’s Chicken Salad
Chicken salad is a classic dish that has been served up in many different cross-cultural culinary variations around the world. From a Greek-inspired tzatziki yogurt dressing to a Mexican-style pickled jalapeno aioli, the possibilities are endless when it comes to this simple yet delicious dish. Traditionally, it centers around a base of shredded or diced chicken, herbs, vegetables, and a flavorful dressing or mayonnaise.
Trader Joe’s Chicken Salad is a unique take on the classic dish that adds a new dimension of flavor and texture. With a mix of diced vegetables, celery, and crunchy walnuts for texture and balance, the umami-packed dressing of mayonnaise, whole grain mustard, and white wine vinegar creates a complex flavor profile – ideal for those looking for something new and creative.
One of the key components of Trader Joe’s Chicken Salad that makes it so irresistible is the addition of salami cubes. Not only do they introduce a wonderful smoky flavor, but they add a level of complexity to the dish that can sometimes be lacking. If spicy dishes really aren’t your thing, you can easily replace the salami with another type of cured meat, such as bacon or prosciutto.
For those looking to adapt the recipe to make it vegan, many of the ingredients can be substituted – the mayonnaise with vegan mayonnaise, the salami with smoked tofu, and the walnuts with something like toasted almonds or pecans.
All in all, it is a great dish that is sure to please. And, if you’re looking for more creative chicken salad recipes, check out our collection of classic and contemporary takes on the dish!
Recipe: Trader Joe’s Chicken Salad
* 2 cups diced cooked chicken
* 2 celery stalks, diced
* 1/2 cup cubed salami
* 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
* 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
* 1/4 cup mayonnaise
* 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
* 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, celery, salami, walnuts, and bell peppers.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, and white wine vinegar.
3. Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated.
4. Serve over lettuce or on a bed of mixed greens with a side of crusty bread.