Rooster Salad – Sugar Spun Run

This straightforward, 7-ingredient rooster salad recipe is the basic favourite with a refined (however oh-so-tasty) twist. I’ve been making it this fashion for years and when you strive it, you’ll, too! It tastes nice it in a rooster salad sandwich, with a aspect of crackers, or on high of a salad!

Chicken salad sandwich with lettuce and toasted wheat bread.

My Favourite Rooster Salad Sandwich Recipe

This tremendous straightforward rooster salad recipe is a protracted overdue addition to my assortment of indulgent salads.

Whereas this recipe is new to the weblog, I’ve truly been making it at house for the previous 20+ years. It accommodates simply 7 elements, together with diced apples (a enjoyable addition I picked up from my aunt!). The apples add an fascinating candy/tart pop of taste in each chunk, and I can’t even fathom making my salad with out them now.

Not solely does this recipe style higher than something you’ll choose up at a deli, however it’s additionally excellent for making prematurely (and tastes higher that means!). It stands proud amongst its companions right here on the weblog (shrimp pasta salad, corn salad, and potato salad–to call a number of) and is equally as easy and satisfying. Additionally, I’m sharing it simply in time for summer time lunches or picnics–yay!

Chicken salad sandwich halves stacked on top of each other.

Why you’ll find it irresistible:

  • Traditional taste bolstered with crunchy celery, crisp apples, and diced onions.
  • Could be served any means you want; on bread, with crackers, or over a salad.
  • Takes simply minutes to arrange and might be made prematurely.

What You Want

This 7 ingredient recipe is stuffed with taste and texture. Whereas the elements are easy, they create a craveable last product when mixed. Right here’s what you want:

Overhead view of ingredients including chicken, apples, lettuce, celery, and more.
  • Rooster. You should utilize leftover rooster, a picked rotisserie rooster, drained canned rooster, or pre-cooked chopped rooster from the shop. My slow-cooker shredded rooster would work properly right here too!
  • Apples. Personally, I like to make use of a tart-sweet apple, like Gala or Fuji, however you should utilize no matter you want. I don’t peel my apples earlier than including them; nonetheless, you’ll be able to actually achieve this if you happen to desire.
  • Celery and onion. You possibly can cube your veggies bigger for a heartier salad or preserve every little thing small for a finer salad.
  • Mayo. You possibly can all the time use an olive oil mayo to lighten issues up a bit–I do that in my broccoli salad and macaroni salad.
  • Seasoning. All the time add salt and pepper to style. I embody a small quantity within the recipe, however you’ll doubtless want extra in case your rooster is unseasoned (rotisserie rooster or store-bought rooster is commonly pre-seasoned).

SAM’S TIP: Don’t like apples? Be happy to substitute sliced crimson grapes as a substitute (or toss them in with the apples). My rooster salad recipe is fairly forgiving, so if you wish to swap the add-ins out for one thing related or modify the seasonings to your liking, that can work simply superb.

Bear in mind, that is simply an outline of the elements I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the publish!

Easy methods to Make It

bowl of chicken salad
  1. Mix all elements in a big bowl.
  2. Style check for seasonings, including extra salt and pepper as wanted.
  3. Cowl and chill within the fridge for at the very least half-hour to let the flavour develop (I often put mine within the freezer for this step, I like mine to be very chilly/chilled).
  4. Serve chilly on bread, a mattress of lettuce, or with crackers.

SAM’S TIP: This salad is an excellent addition to potlucks, child or bridal showers (don’t neglect the petit fours!), brunches, or as a quick, but filling lunch or dinner.

Salad made with chicken, mayo, apples, and more served on toasted wheat bread.

Continuously Requested Questions

Can rooster salad be made forward?

Sure! The truth is, a little bit of time within the fridge permits the flavors to develop, too. Simply put together it and let it chill in a coated container within the fridge till you’re able to serve. Be sure to get pleasure from your salad inside 3 days of getting ready it although.

Can I add nuts or dried fruit?

Sure! Be happy so as to add some chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds, cranberries, and many others. to this rooster salad recipe.

How can I serve it?

The commonest technique to serve this salad is in a rooster salad sandwich. Toasted wheat bread, hamburger buns, croissants, home made bread, wraps, and even (particularly?) sourdough bread would all work properly for this feature.

You too can scoop it up with crackers, like my sourdough crackers, serve it on a mattress of lettuce, or use it as a topping for a salad as a substitute of grilled rooster.

Halves of a sandwich made with diced chicken, mayo, apples, and more.

What do you want in your rooster salad sandwich? I sometimes simply add lettuce, however I do know some individuals like sprouts, tomatoes, sliced onion, and many others.

Get pleasure from!

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Chicken salad sandwich with lettuce and toasted wheat bread.

Rooster Salad

This straightforward, 7-ingredient rooster salad recipe contains chopped celery, apples, and onions. It tastes nice it in a rooster salad sandwich, with a aspect of crackers, or on high of a salad!


Course: lunch, Snack

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Complete Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Energy: 314kcal

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  • Mix rooster, apple, onion, celery, mayo, salt, and pepper in a big mixing bowl and stir till elements are well-combined. Style-test and add further salt and pepper as wanted.

    1 lb (453 g) cooked, ⅔ cup (85 g) chopped apple, ⅓ cup (48 g) finely diced yellow onion, 1 (53 g) celery stalk, ¾ cup (160 g) mayo, ⅛ teaspoon desk salt, ⅛ teaspoon floor black pepper

  • For greatest outcomes, cowl and chill within the fridge for at the very least half-hour earlier than serving.

  • Serve chilly on sliced bread, buns, or croissants (or scoop it with crackers).

    Bread or croissants for making sandwiches, Lettuce for sandwiches



I’ll both purchase pre-grilled cubed rooster then chop it finer or prepare dinner my very own rooster and chop it small. That is additionally nice with leftover rooster or rotisserie rooster meat.
Alternatively you should utilize 1 lb of canned, drained chicken rooster or comply with my directions for making shredded rooster within the sluggish cooker.


For the apples I like to recommend utilizing Gala or Fuji or an identical agency, sweet-tart apple, nonetheless no matter you’ve got available will work. I don’t peel the apple earlier than utilizing, however you might.


Retailer in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 3 days.


Serving: 1serving | Energy: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fats: 27g | Saturated Fats: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 13g | Monounsaturated Fats: 7g | Trans Fats: 0.1g | Ldl cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 1100mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Dietary info is predicated on third-party calculations and must be thought-about an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will differ primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.