Chicken Salad | Paleo

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I loved chicken salad growing up. I enjoyed having it as a sandwich with crisp pickles and lettuce, I had it on saltines at the table with the family along with quartered apples, and whenever salad bars would have it I would put a little in the corner of my salad plate.

When I started on my health journey I realized how much junk was probably in the chicken salads that you could find pre-made, and I decided to learn how to make my own. And when I went paleo, I figured I would never be able to make chicken salad again because I learned that mayo was essentially all soybean oil. Well then I found that I could easily make homemade paleo mayo and chicken salad was possible again!

This is great for lettuce wraps, or on top of a salad, or even use sliced veggies to enjoy it on.

Serves: 4-5 people

Ingredients:
1 Rotisserie Chicken or whole roasted chicken
3/4 c. chopped celery
3/4 c. chopped onion
1.5 c. halved grapes
1 large apple, chopped
1/2 lb. bacon – cut into bits (bacon fat reserved)
1 cup of your favorite Paleo Mayo (mine is below)*
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. bacon fat
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground black pepper

  1. Shred chicken off bones into a large bowl (and save your bones for bone broth!)
  2. Add celery, onions, grapes, and bacon bits to chicken and stir well
  3. Prepare mayo and add remaining dressing ingredients – stir until well combined
  4. Add dressing to chicken and stir well making sure all chicken is well coated
  5. Serve with slivered almonds on top as lettuce wraps

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Paleo Mayo:

1 extra large egg
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup extra light olive oil

  1. Add one egg to Immersion blender cup (or a jar with a large enough lid that the immersion blender can fit into it)
  2. Add rest of ingredients – adding oil last
  3. Let sit for two minutes
  4. Put immersion blender at the bottom of the cup and turn on for about 30 seconds. Once you see that the mixture has creamed almost all the way to the top, slowly bring the immersion blender upward. Once you hit the top of the mixture, you can blend a few times with an up and down motion to make sure it is all blended well.

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