When I started developing this poppyseed chicken salad recipe, I asked myself, “does the world need another chicken salad recipe?” and the answer is absolutely. Who doesn’t love a chunky, creamy, crunchy salad that can is as versatile as you need it to be? We keep a giant bowl of chicken salad in our fridge and eat it like ice cream. We’ll use chips, greens, wraps, and straight-up spoon-feed it to ourselves right out of the bowl whenever the moment strikes us. In this family, we love chicken salad.
Now, I’m aware I already have another chicken salad recipe on the blog, my Tropical Turmeric Chicken Salad, and yes, it IS the bomb, in case you were wondering. But it’s also what I’d call a “specialty” flavour, meaning, hey, not everyone and their mom might love turmeric. This poppyseed chicken salad is definitely what I’d consider more of a traditional style that might be a better crowd pleaser for your family gatherings.
We’ve got a little sweet with some fruit, a little crunch with some veg, extra protein, a la boiled eggs, and some good fats via walnuts! The poppyseed dressing is crucial! Just sweet enough, but not too much. I left the spice department-wide open here, as I love salt and would suggest salting this bad boy pretty well. It makes a ton of poppyseed chicken salad, so plan accordingly.
Earthy Poppyseed Chicken Salad Recipe
- 6 cups chicken diced
- 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
- 1 cup apples diced
- 1 cup celery diced
- 1 cup walnuts chopped
- 4 boiled eggs diced
- ½ cup red onion diced
- 1 cup poppyseed dressing
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well to combine.
- Eat immediately on a bed of salad, by itself, or wrapped in a collard green.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.