How has May been treating you?
The first two weeks of May have been surprisingly busy for me. In a good way!
April was a whirlwind of visitors from California, New York, more from California and also Louisiana. I was hoping to start May off quietly and recover from all the entertaining. Having fun is hard work! But, alas, work was super busy (which is a good thing) and in the blink of an eye, POOF, went the first two weeks of May.
Where has the year gone? But that is a whole other bowl of fish.
When I know that I am going to have a busy week at work, with uber long days (12-14 hour kind of days), I have a few go to meals that I can make beforehand so that lunches and dinners are available for me to brown bag it and also for Joe (the husband) to enjoy at home. The one that always makes the cut is the Spicy Mustard Chicken Salad.
This is not your standard Chicken Salad! The recipe originates with my husband because it is a mustard based version. He is not a big fan of mayonnaise and although there is some in the salad to help blend the flavors, the mustard is the star. I love it because it is packed with loads of chopped veggies. I added some chopped Granny Smith apple for a tart crunch, plus my Grandma always added apple to her chicken salad and I loved hers.
This chicken salad is perfect as a simple sandwich with some lettuce and tomato.
You could have it in a wrap.
On top of crostini … or crackers
Or just straight out of the bowl!
Anyway you decide to enjoy it, you will not be disappointed!
- 2 cups Shredded Chicken
- ⅓ cup Finely Diced Red Onion
- ⅓ cup Finely Diced Celery (about 1 stalk)
- ⅓ cup Finely Diced Carrot (about 1 carrot)
- ⅓ cup Finely Diced Granny Smith Apple (about ½ an apple)
- 3 tbls Sweet Relish
- 3 tbls Mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup Spicy Brown Mustard (Gulden's is our favorite)
- ⅛ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
- In a large bowl mix the chicken, vegetables and apple. (I like to mix these together first so I know they are evenly distributed)
- Add the Relish, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Salt and Pepper and mix to combine evenly.
- Give it a taste and add more salt or pepper as needed.