A chicken salad is one whose prime ingredient is the chicken – duh – but the other elements that compose it are not the same all year round. This being a very very hot August, I decided that buying a rotisserie chicken made a lot more sense – better than poaching a chicken myself and waiting for it to cool down, etc.
The real ‘nuisance’ about this salad, and one which you are free to avoid, is making the mayonnaise. (Personally, I can’t stand bought mayonnaise because to my mind it really isn’t mayonnaise, just some kind of industrially produced salad cream.) There are loads of youtube tutorials on how to make mayonnaise and the easiest, I think, is the one using an immersion blender. Real mayo makes all the difference I promise you.
Eggs for the home-made mayo, extravirgin olive oil, lemon, patisserie chicken, bacon, various kinds of salads, rocket/arugula, celery (sliced), red pepper corns, grapes (sliced)
I started out by cooking the bacon until very crisp and waiting for it to cool before adding it to the mayonnaise. Don’t tell anyone but … I actually used some of the bacon fat to MAKE the mayo, aha! On top of olive oil of course, and lemon juice.
Chopping the chicken did take longer than I thought it would but there you are – this was a recipe made with love. Once done, I added the chicken to the mayo and left the bowl (covered) in the fridge until it was time for dinner. In the meantime, I also sliced the celery and washed the salad leaves and, again, left them in the fridge. Then off we went to the beach for the day.
Silvia, favourite son’s girfriend, went to the trouble of slicing the grapes in half. Good girl …
I placed the salad on the bottom of the serving plate and added the chicken in its mayonnaise coating on top. And then added the celery and the peppercorns. The grapes went in last.
A close-up ….On the table, taking pride of place amongst the other dishes.Bit of a weird photo, but we were starving by then and there was much rejoicing and wolfing down of food to be done.
Cook bacon, make mayo, add chicken to mayo and store in fridge. Slice celery, wash salads and grapes and store in fridge. Slice grapes just before eating.