Cook Time: 30 minutes (if cooking chicken) Difficulty: Easy
Summer is approaching, and with that will be a plethora of juicy tomatoes. I love ripe juicy tomatoes by themselves, but I also love them filled with a creamy salad. This easy "bloomin" tomato chicken salad is perfect for a ladies luncheon, brunch, or a fancy treat for yourself! Even kiddos will love this recipe.
To get our children to eat any mayonnaise based salad is a chore, and chicken salad is no exception. However, I stumbled upon this "copycat" version of their beloved Chick-fil-A chicken salad, and tried it on them. Knowing full well my kiddos would balk at the tomatoes, I made them chicken salad sandwiches. They were a hit! Now, this is the only chicken salad our kiddos will eat.
You can add the grapes and pecans if you'd like (my favorite), but I knew my kiddos would draw the line at those additions, so I left them out.
- 2 cups Chicken breasts, cooked
- 1/3 cup Celery, finely chopped
- 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
- 2/3 cup Mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon Cherchies® Champagne Mustard
- 1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
- 1/4 tsp pepper, fresh ground
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chopped grapes (optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Ripe tomatoes
- Parsley (optional garnish)
I usually cook the chicken and eggs the day before, so Place the cooked chicken in a food processor and pulse until chicken is chopped. (Coarsely hand chopping the chicken will work just as well). Place chicken into a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl. Stir.
Carefully cut slits into the tomato (scoring) from top to bottom, making sure not to cut all the way through. Gently pry the tomato open. Season with salt and pepper.
Add a dollop of chicken salad to the tomato and garnish with parsley. That's it! A delicious mouth watering treat. Enjoy!