I’m a total and complete sucker for good chicken salad, and I have been for as long as I can remember. When I was little, one of my favorite dinners was chicken salad in pita pockets! I’m lucky to be friends with Connie, who is a wonderful cook all around, and a fantastic chicken salad maker. Now that I’ve talked her into giving me the recipe, I don’t think my chicken salad-loving life will ever be the same!
I spotted this fun font, Mayonaise by Maria Nunes, several months ago, and was just waiting for the perfect recipe to go with it: something a little retro with a nod to the 1950’s. I love that the font is crisp and clean, but still has a hand-written vibe. It is decorative and special, but completely easy to read. It’s kind of perfect!
Connie’s Chicken Salad Inspired by Mayonaise
2 cups mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons dry ranch dressing powder
1/2 cup Cool Whip
4 cups cooked, chopped chicken breast
1 cup chopped celery
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup cooked orzo pasta
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 cup chopped grapes
In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, ranch dressing powder, and Cool Whip. Whisk until smooth, and set aside. In a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Toss with mayonnaise mixture, cover, and refrigerate until needed.
About the author: Melissa writes about her adventures in food, family, and farming at Lulu the Baker. She develops recipes, cooks, and photographs for The Font Feast column.
It’s too bad that the previous commenter had such a negative outcome with this recipe!
Mixing ranch dressing powder with Cool Whip alone would indeed be an odd taste- hopefully the 2 cups of mayonnaise were part of the mix!
Have made this salad many times since finding this post, and always to rave reviews! The taste is light and always very fresh and delicious. Thanks for a great chicken salad!
I just made this and have to honestly say that the mixture of Cool Whip and ranch was awful. We just wasted a lot of chicken.
Cool whip?! Is it pretty subtle taste? I’m excited to try this out!
Ashley, I’m sorry I didn’t respond to your comment sooner! The cool whip just adds a little sweetness, like using Miracle Whip or adding a little sugar to a salad dressing recipe. It’s not overwhelming at all. In fact, my mom has another brunch coming up next weekend, and she asked me to make this chicken salad again for it because it was such a hit at the last one!
Wow I have to say I’ve never seen a chicken salad made this way with cool whip and orzo and ranch powdered dressing. However from what you say I’m definitely going to make this.
I had to smile because this is the first time I’ve seen a sandwich (or any kind of food) inspired by a font 🙂
That’s what this column is all about! Glad you like 🙂