Hi, friends! The chicken salad FYCE posts got me thinking about various “salads” that basically are typically a meat and binder combination.
What’s your favorite and why?
Here’s what I came up with off the cuff —
- chicken salad
- tuna salad
- ham salad
- shrimp salad
- egg salad
- chickpea salad
I will admit I’ve never eaten ham salad, but I’ve seen it at deli counters so I know it exists. I’m deterred by the pureed looking texture of it. I’ve also never had shrimp salad, but maybe that’s more of a coastal thing and I’m too embedded in the Midwest?
Egg salad is something I’ve never liked, which is kind of weird because I fucking love hard-boiled eggs. Something about how the egg texture turns out in egg salad turns me off.
Tuna salad is one of those things I don’t mind but also I’m never like “yay, tuna salad! Just what I wanted!”
Chickpea salads taste great but I don’t like them on bread, more eat with a fork thing for me, which defeats the purpose of an (insert option) salad.
Chicken salads are my favorite, but really I think that’s because it’s so easy to use leftover chicken in them. And there’s better texture control than other options.
I’ve said before how much I hate mayonnaise. Guess what I use as a binder for my chicken salad or tuna salad? Sour cream or avocados, depending on what’s in the fridge.