Project: RayaFest 2014 – Tarragon Chicken Salad
07 Aug 2014

Project: RayaFest 2014 – Tarragon Chicken Salad

07 Aug 2014

As part of the menu for the pot roast dinner I organized recently, I wanted to throw in some sort of veggie/fruit dish, to balance out the meat and starch of the main course.  So I decided to try out this chicken salad recipe by Emeril Lagasse.  It turned out pretty nicely; the tarragon flavor was quite pronounced but not too overpowering.  A great combination of flavors and textures, and makes a good alternative to the Waldorf salad I use to make.

The picture below is the salad missing it’s cashew nut topping, because I’m silly and completely forgot to add it.  So don’t forget!


Tarragon Chicken Salad


  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups Granny Smith apples, cored and diced (about 2 to 3 apples)
  • 1/3 cup diced celery (about 2 stalks)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (1 50-ml pack)
  • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt (1 140-gram pack)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup lightly salted, roasted cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1 head baby romaine lettuce, leaves washed and dried


Combine the chicken, apple, celery, and onions in a medium bowl.

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In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, tarragon, parsley, chives, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over the chicken mixture and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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Serve chicken salad on a bed of lettuce and top with cashews. 

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