Rooster Salad – Sugar Spun Run

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

Chicken salad sandwich with lettuce and toasted wheat bread.

My Favourite Rooster Salad Sandwich Recipe

This tremendous simple rooster salad recipe is an extended overdue addition to my assortment of indulgent salads.

Whereas this recipe is new to the weblog, I’ve really been making it at dwelling for the previous 20+ years. It incorporates simply 7 elements, together with diced apples (a enjoyable addition I picked up from my aunt!). The apples add an attention-grabbing 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 decide up at a deli, nevertheless it’s additionally good for making upfront (and tastes higher that approach!). 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 adore it:

  • Traditional taste bolstered with crunchy celery, crisp apples, and diced onions.
  • Might be served any approach you want; on bread, with crackers, or over a salad.
  • Takes simply minutes to organize and could be made upfront.

What You Want

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

Overhead view of ingredients including chicken, apples, lettuce, celery, and more.
  • Rooster. You need to use 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 need to use no matter you want. I don’t peel my apples earlier than including them; nevertheless, you possibly can actually accomplish that in the event you desire.
  • Celery and onion. You possibly can cube your veggies bigger for a heartier salad or preserve every thing small for a finer salad.
  • Mayo. You possibly can at all times use an olive oil mayo to lighten issues up a bit–I do that in my broccoli salad and macaroni salad.
  • Seasoning. At all times add salt and pepper to style. I embody a small quantity within the recipe, however you’ll seemingly 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 at liberty to substitute sliced purple grapes as an alternative (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 comparable or alter the seasonings to your liking, that may work simply superb.

Bear in mind, that is simply an outline of the elements I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the submit!

Methods to Make It

bowl of chicken salad
  1. Mix all elements in a big bowl.
  2. Style take a look at for seasonings, including extra salt and pepper as wanted.
  3. Cowl and chill within the fridge for no less than 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 a superb 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.

Regularly Requested Questions

Can rooster salad be made forward?

Sure! In actual fact, 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. Ensure that to take pleasure in your salad inside 3 days of getting ready it although.

Can I add nuts or dried fruit?

Sure! Be at liberty so as to add some chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds, cranberries, and so forth. to this rooster salad recipe.

How can I serve it?

The most typical method 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 an alternative 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 so forth.

Take pleasure in!

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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 facet of crackers, or on prime of a salad!


Course: lunch, Snack

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Whole 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 no less than 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 cook dinner my very own rooster and chop it small. That is additionally nice with leftover rooster or rotisserie rooster meat.
Alternatively you need to use 1 lb of canned, drained chicken rooster or observe my directions for making shredded rooster within the gradual cooker.


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


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 relies on third-party calculations and ought to be thought-about an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will fluctuate primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.