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. 😉

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

 

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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  3. Katrin

    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!!!

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  7. Barbara

    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.

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    • allthatsjas Post author

      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!

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