Chicken Salad With Cashews

Chicken salad preferences are polarizing. The favorite Waldorf variety with nuts and grapes makes my stomach turn. I have no interest in seeing a piece of celery in the same location as a grape..and apples? GTFO. That might be something you’re into, but I’ll continue to steer clear.

I love a chicken salad with tarragon, or a purist version with just celery and mayo. This particular recipe strays a bit from purism, but with ingredients that provide for a winning flavor combination, in my chicken salad opinion.

Cashews steal the show in this quick and simple chicken salad (all chicken salad should be quick and simple…quit halving grapes). Wonderful and crunchy on day one, the cashews soften on day two and add a slightly sweet and nutty (obviously) textural component that keeps me coming back. A whole mess of this stuff lasts about two days in our house as my husband and I race for the refrigerator over and over again to see who can finish it first.


Chicken Salad With Cashews

Leftover chicken makes this a quick and economical lunch.

  • Author: ljacksnacks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Category: Salad


  • 12-14 oz Leftover Chicken, chopped
  • 1 Stalk of celery, cleaned and chopped
  • 3/4 c Cashews, halves and pieces lightly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
  • 1 c Mayonnaise*
  • 2 Tbsp Durkee Famous Sauce**
  • 10 shakes Smoked Paprika


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Fold gently to mix thoroughly.
  2. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to one week
  3. Enjoy on its own or on a thick piece of sourdough toast.


*The author prefers Duke’s Mayo, Hellman’s will suffice

**Durkee may not be available in all grocery stores, look in the condiment section near the mustard and mayo. If you cannot track it down, substitute dijon mustard

Keywords: Chicken Salad, Roast Chicken Salad, Chicken Salad with Cashews, Cashews, Quick Chicken Salad, Quick Chicken, Quick Lunch, Lunch Ideas


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