Always on the look out for a good chicken salad recipe like I am? Prairie Rose Chicken Salad is sure to please if you enjoy chicken salad recipes that boast a creamy texture and dressing, yet have some good crunch along the way, too.
Typical cooing time for wild rice blend: 30minutes
Total Time: 1hour
4-5boneless, skinless chicken thighs cooked and chopped, may substitute chicken breast, if preferred, can also use the meat pulled from a cooked rotisserie chicken
4.3oz.box of long grain and wild rice blendsuch as Rice-A-Roni brand (cannot use just plain wild rice for this recipe very well), cooked according to package directions, cooled
8oz.can sliced water chestnutsdrained well and cut into quarters
2cupsred grapeshalved lengthwise, may substitute half green grapes and half red grapes, if desired
1green bell pepperseeds and membranes removed, diced, optional (gives good crunch to this salad)
2-3Tbs.red wine vinegar
zest of 1 lemon
n a large mixing or serving bowl, combine the chopped, cooked chicken with the wild rice; gently fold in the water chestnuts, grapes, and diced green pepper, if using.
Meanwhile, prepared the dressing by placing all ingredients into a mason jar or dressing cruet; shake well to blend until smooth, adding enough milk as you go to make the dressing a nice consistency. Reserve some of the dressing.
Dress the salad ingredients with the prepared dressing; refrigerate for 6-8 hours or until well chilled.
Right before serving the salad, toss the remaining dressing with the salad ingredients, then fold in the the cashews. Sprinkle a few cashews over the top of the salad as a garnish, if desired.