Fresh dill and red grapes add a fun and delicious flavor to this Grape Pecan Chicken Salad. It’s perfect for sandwiches or salads. This chicken salad with grapes is delicious no matter how it is served..
The first time I had this chicken salad was at a church baby shower. I had asked our pastor’s wife if she wouldn’t mind making a bowl of the salad since I had heard everyone raving about hers.
After one bite I had to agree with everyone. It was so good!!!
After the shower I took home a container of extra salad so that my hubby could try it. He went bananas over it, so I wanted to make this again for our family. So I called her up and asked if she wouldn’t mind sharing the recipe.
I had my pen in hand, and I was ready for the family secret. She laughed and told me it was just one she found online years ago. Everyone loved it so much that she had continued to make it for dinners and showers.
Seriously???? That’s it? Just a random recipe from online?
I was sort of disappointed that it wasn’t some family recipe that had been handed down through the years. I thought I was on to some secret recipe.
Not that I was planning on keeping it a secret because I love to share recipes here on the blog. You guys need to enjoy these recipes too. Am I right?
Tips for making Grape Pecan Chicken Salad:
One of my favorite little tips for making this salad even easier is to use a rotisserie chicken from the store. We usually keep bags of the chicken in our freezer for easy meals like this Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake or these Bbq Chicken & Avocado Quesadillas. This time the bag of chicken was going into salad!
This recipe calls for a mixture of mayo and sour cream. But you can also use Greek yogurt, ranch dressing, or a mixture of any them.
The fresh dill gives this grape chicken salad its unique flavor. You may think that it seems like a lot of dill, but when you use fresh herbs you use more.
If you are going to use dried dill for this recipe, you will only use about 1/3 of the amount. Dried herbs have a much more concentrated flavor, so you need to use less.
What do I do if I feel like it has too much dill?
If you make it and feel like the flavor of dill is overwhelming to you, here are a few things you can do to salvage the chicken salad recipe.
- Add more of the other ingredients to tone down the flavor.
- Give it time. Dill is actually an herb that looses strength over time. Refrigerate the chicken salad overnight, and the flavor of the dill may be toned down enough for it to be palatable for you.
- Vinegar can neutralize the flavor of dill, so stir in a little bit of vinegar at a time to the chicken salad until you like the taste.
What do you serve this Grape Pecan Chicken Salad on?
- Crescent Rolls
- Hawaiian Rolls
- Lettuce Wraps
- Tortilla Shells
This is so easy to make, and it makes a giant bowl of chicken salad. It’s perfect for eating with bread or on green salads all week long. Well, it it lasts that long. We usually finish off a bowl in about 2 days with five people munching on it.
More easy chicken salad recipes:
- Hawaiian Chicken Salad – juicy pineapple, crunchy nuts, and spicy peppers mixed with chicken and Greek yogurt makes a delicious and healthy salad
- Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad – fresh cherries, cilantro, and walnuts give this salad a delicious twist
- Fiesta Chicken Salad – corn, beans, spicy tomatoes, and cilantro give this chicken salad a good Tex Mex flavor
- Apple Cranberry Turkey Salad – apple chunks, dried cranberries, and parsley are a great combo. (You can also use chicken in place of the turkey.)
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- 6 cups cooked chicken, shredded
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
- 2-3 ribs of celery, chopped fine
- 4 cup halved red seedless grapes
- 1 cup finely diced fresh dill (loosely packed)
- 1 cup sour cream* (see note below)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Stir together the chicken, celery, grapes, and pecans.
- Whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, dill, salt, and pepper. Pour into the chicken mixture and stir until completely covered.
- Refrigerate at least 2 hours for the flavors to develop. Serve with bread or pretzel crackers.
*Recipe slightly adapted from cooks.com
**To make this lower in calories, substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 9g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.