Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

I recently came across a recipe for chicken salad on Saveur that was made for the cafe in the Neiman Marcus department stores.  I decided I had to try it.  It was created in the 1950’s by a well known Texas cook named Helen Corbitt.  I have made a creamy salad recipe before that used whipping cream in it.  The whipping cream makes it rich and extra creamy.  This recipe also called for whipping cream so I knew it had to be good.  The recipe also said to use the cream whipped, but I reduced the amount and eliminated whipping and just added it straight from the carton.

I also used a rotisserie chicken from the store to make this, but you can always cook your own chicken if you prefer.  This salad was a rich and creamy treat to eat for dinner.  I served it on croissants for my family because they would think I was crazy to serve chicken salad any other way.  However, for me I just served it up on a couple red lettuce leaves.  I also enjoyed the leftovers the next day for lunch!  This was an easy dinner to prepare and no cooking was required – definitely a great way to beat the summer heat!

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Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad
  • 4 cups cooked and diced chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1½ cup purple grapes, halved
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • ⅓ cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup toasted sliced almonds plus additional for garnish if desired (I bought them toasted from the store)
  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the above ingredients.
  2. Fold the mixture until well combined. Serve on croissants or over red lettuce leaves.
  3. Serves 6.

Recipe adapted from Saveur.

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