7 Classic Chicken Salad Recipes

There's no better use for cold, leftover chicken than salad

Michael Kraus

The leftover meat from a roast or stewed chicken presents an infinite array of options for a classic chicken salad recipe. But whether it meets a classic American mayo-and-celery, a vibrant mixture of grapes and nuts, or a sesame-spiked Asian slaw, there's no better purpose to which cold chicken can be put than a salad. We love chicken salad on toasted white bread as a sandwich, with crisp crackers for a snack, simply eaten on its own in a bed of lettuce, or right out of the bowl. These 7 classic chicken salad recipes are among our favorites — simple, savory, and elegant, they're true classics.