I recently fell in love with the Sonoma Chicken Salad from the deli at Whole Foods. I brought a container of it home - along with a round loaf of their sourdough bread - and was so sad when I finished up my last sandwich. I have been craving it ever since - big time.
My nearest Whole Foods is well over an hour away, so I don't get there as often as I'd like. In an attempt to satisfy my yearning for their chicken salad, I went in search online for a copycat recipe. I figured I might find one or two on a food blog out there. Instead, the top search result was the exact recipe itself provided directly on the Whole Foods' website.
Could it be ? Could it really be the real thing ?
Off to the kitchen I went to try out the recipe. Holy moly, friends, this is it. It's the real deal.
Not only will I get to enjoy this chicken salad more often, but it will save me a bundle. (I believe I paid around $12.00 a pound for it at Whole Foods.)
I have made a lot of chicken salad recipes throughout the years. My typical version is loaded with grapes, apples, nuts, seeds, onions, celery and fresh herbs. What I adore about this version is the simplicity of it. I was totally over-complicating things before. This blows any of my versions out of the water.
Perhaps my favorite component in this recipe is the poppy seeds. I love that little bit of crunch and pop. I, too, like the way the chicken is cooked ... the result is perfectly moist and super tender meat. And, the dressing is amazingly simple, yet super fabulous.
I urge you to give this one a whirl. It will be a great addition to your summer recipe repertoire. It's divine on a couple of slices of good-quality bread, but would be just as good on top of a bed of salad greens or in lettuce cups.
The recipe can be found on Whole Foods' website. I followed it to a tee and it was nothing short of heavenly.