byerly’s wild rice chicken salad

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~Byerly’s wild rice chicken salad~

The deli counter at Byerly’s grocery store is a favorite lunch spot for a lot of people I know.  This salad is what they return for. It’s creamy, sweet, crunchy, and filling. It’s full of  wonderful flavors: earthy wild rice, fragrant tarragon, crunchy cashews, and green grapes. What can I say? It’s fabulous. I made a big batch of this and it disappeared in two days. It’s elegant enough to serve for a fancy lunch and hearty enough to serve to the men in your life. This is one of my hubby’s favorites.

*Note: If you don’t enjoy the flavor of tarragon, use oregano.

2/3 cup real mayonnaise, (I use Hellman’s)

1/3 cup whole milk

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon dried *tarragon

3 cups cubed chicken

3 cups cooked wild rice

1/3 cup finely sliced green onions plus a little of the green tops

1 (8 oz. can) water chestnuts, drained well and chopped

salt, to taste

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup cashews

1 cup green grapes, halved

In a medium bowl, blend mayonnaise, milk, lemon juice and tarragon with a wire whisk until completely combined. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, rice, onion, water chestnuts, salt and pepper. Stir in the mayonnaise mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until well-chilled.

To serve: place about a cup of the salad on each plate and top with some of the cashews and grapes.



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  11 comments for “byerly’s wild rice chicken salad

  1. Kimber
    December 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I think I’ll make this for my New Years Eve party!!! Thanks Melissa!!!! Another fabulous recipe shared!! YUM!!

    • Melissa
      December 30, 2011 at 11:55 am

      Kimber! great idea for a party! xoxo, enjoy 😉

  2. December 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

    This salad sounds like such a fabulous combination of flavors! I love salads that are both sweet and savory!

    • Melissa
      December 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

      It’s really good. One of the hubby’s favorites! xoxo

  3. December 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Love your summerly salads.
    hugs and luvs

    • Melissa
      December 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks my sweet 🙂 xo

  4. February 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Another winner! This looks so scrumptious 🙂

    • Melissa
      February 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      it’s good and very filling 🙂 enjoy!

  5. February 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Got right over here to get this recipe. Looks fabulous ! Putting it on my list for this week! Thanks Jules ~

    • Melissa
      February 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      so happy you like it, Jules! Enjoy 🙂

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