Sunflower Chicken Salad - All that's Jas

Sunflower Chicken Salad

I got summer on my mind and so does the temperature here in the northern Indiana (in the nineties). Hanging by the pool, attending cookouts, picnics, outdoor parties, and other food-related gatherings are my favorite summer activities. The sunflower design of this chicken salad with its bright and sunny mood has summer written all over it. Undeniably, it has stage presence and it steals the show.

 

Sunflower Chicken Salad

Here comes the best part: you can easily cheat.  And by cheat I mean substitute. Use an egg, tuna or other creamy salad of your preference, like this seafood rice salad, and assemble it to look like a sunflower. Don’t feel like making a salad? Get it from your deli and you’re good to go. Sometimes [in life] shortcuts are necessary. Just be careful where [in life] you cut the corners. 😉

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Sunflower Chicken Salad - All that's Jas

Follow this basic recipe or feel free to use your own favorite chicken salad recipe.

Ingredients:
Serves 4-6

3 cups cooked, then chopped or shredded, chicken breast
¼ cup diced celery
¼ cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds (optional)
½ cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to

2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup whole, pitted black olives
1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Pringles chips, original flavor

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix chicken, celery, onion, sunflower seeds, and mayo; season with salt and pepper.

Place the salad in a serving bowl; layer the top evenly with the cheese.

Put a tablespoon of mayo in a snack-size Ziploc bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. Squeeze the bag with light pressure until mayo begins to flow out. Continue to squeeze gently over the salad as you create the checkered pattern with horizontal and vertical lines (if the mayo you’re using doesn’t flow easily, mix in a few drops of milk).

Drain the olives and cut in half lengthwise. Place one half in the middle of each square. Refrigerate salad for at least 2 hours. Before serving, decorate with chips.

Sunflower Chicken Salad - All that's Jas

Sunflower Chicken Salad - All that's Jas

Sunflower Chicken Salad - All that's Jas

I served this salad at my granddaughters’ secret garden birthday party. Check out other cool food I served and how I decorated for the party here.

Sunflower Chicken Salad

Rating: 51

Sunflower Chicken Salad

The fun sunflower design of this simple chicken salad goes hand in hand with your summer BBQ.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked, then chopped or shredded, chicken breast
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds (optional)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup whole, pitted black olives
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Pringles chips, original flavor

Directions

In a medium bowl, mix chicken, celery, onion, sunflower seeds, and mayo; season with salt and pepper.

Place the salad in a serving bowl; layer the top evenly with the cheese.

Put a tablespoon of mayo in a snack-size Ziploc bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. Squeeze the bag with light pressure until mayo begins to flow out. Continue to squeeze gently over the salad as you create the checkered pattern with horizontal and vertical lines (if the mayo you’re using doesn’t flow easily, mix in a few drops of milk).

Drain the olives and cut in half lengthwise. Place one half in the middle of each square. Refrigerate salad for at least 2 hours. Before serving, decorate with chips.

Notes

Use an egg, tuna or other creamy salad of your preference and assemble it to look like a sunflower.

http://all-thats-jas.com/2016/06/sunflower-chicken-salad.html

This recipe is featured at Tumbleweed ContessaLittle House Big Alaska, and Tramplingrose

 

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  1. […] My granddaughters loved the look of this Sunflower Chicken Salad when I served it for their Secret Garden birthday party. You can use any chicken or tuna salad to […]

  2. Reply
    Bam's Kitchen
    September 8, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    What a clever dish Jas! Love the presentation and reading the ingredient list I know that I would just love this. Pinned and tweeted!
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 9, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Thank you, Bobbi! Takes a little effort to dress up a simple dish 🙂 Are you coming to the Sates in November again?

  3. Reply
    Akaleistar
    August 29, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    What a pretty way to serve chicken salad!
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      Jas
      August 29, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you! We do eat with our eyes first, right? 🙂

  4. […] Notice the sunflower salad I recently posted? Every garden needs sunflowers […]

  5. Reply
    Katrin
    July 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    What a lovely idea, the salad looks so so yummy AND amazing! I love summer hangouts with friends and we are always out and about, so this will definitely be a great addition to any picnic or BBQ!!!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 4, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you, Katrin! So glad you like it 😀 Have a great summer and thanks for stopping in!

  6. Reply
    Frugal Hausfrau
    June 28, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    This looks so retro! Wouldn’t it be cute for a shower? Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!!

    Mollie

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 29, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Yes, that would be totally cute for a shower 🙂

  7. Reply
    Ashleigh
    June 27, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    It looks so pretty! I wouldn’t want to eat it! I would though haha

    Come over to my link party and share this with everyone:
    http://www.twentysomethinginthe2010s.com/peace-love-link-up-013/
    Hope to see you there!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 28, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Lol! Thank you, Ashleigh!!! 😀

  8. […] All That’s Jas has made the prettiest Sunflower Chicken Salad. […]

  9. Reply
    Ahila
    June 25, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Lovely and fun presentation of a chicken salad! Thanks for sharing it at #ThrowbackThursday!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 25, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Thank you, Ahila! Have a lovely weekend!

  10. […] if we’re talking Fourth of July why not whip up this adorable Sunflower Chicken Salad? SO cute right? And it’s great because it’s a treat to look at yet it isn’t a […]

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    Friday Frenzy | Tramplingrose
    June 24, 2016 at 5:47 am

    […] and Okra, I love this! And if we’re talking Fourth of July why not whip up this adorable Sunflower Chicken Salad? SO cute right? And it’s great because it’s a treat to look at yet it isn’t a […]

  12. Reply
    Mistie
    June 24, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Such a fun and beautiful presentation!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 24, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Thank you, Mistie! Have a grand weekend!

  13. Reply
    Linda
    June 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I love to see pretty food. This is a great sounding recipe. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend. You will be featured next Monday.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda
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      allthatsjas
      June 23, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Linda! I’m honored 😀 Have a great day!!!

  14. Reply
    Barbara
    June 20, 2016 at 9:31 am

    This is so much fun! Too pretty to eat – but not really, I’m sure. I love it when someone takes a little extra time for festive and seasonal presentation. Thanks for sharing this cutie. I’m stopping in from Lisa’s Grand Social where I always find something great to take away and try.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you, Barbara! I agree with you about finding something new – just when I think I’ve seen it all, someone shares a great idea, recipe or a project. It’s so fun 🙂 Hope your week is amazing!

  15. Reply
    Jamie
    June 19, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    That is adorable!! What a fun dish to bring to a potluck. Pinning to try! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
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      allthatsjas
      June 19, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you, Jamie, and thanks for hosting!:)

  16. Reply
    Theresa @DearCreatives
    June 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Anja, This is so pretty! But, I don’t think it would be hard to dive in, as it sounds so yummy!! Thanks for sharing at the #InspriationSpotlight party! Pinned & Shared
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      allthatsjas
      June 18, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Thanks, Theresa!

  17. Reply
    Ann
    June 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I can’t eat that, Jas! You made it look so pretty!
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    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 16, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Ha, ha! Thanks, Ann 😀

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