Tonight we will be having chicken salad for dinner. I am craving it.
The problem is I am not sure if it is something I should just leave out on the counter. I read that many people do not like it when chicken salad is left out on the counter.
Is there any reason you would want to do that?
Does the refrigerator have a microwave?
Can you freeze chicken salad?
I can go back and forth with this one. When I made this salad, I placed it in the refrigerator, but left it at room temperature, so that it had room to expand.
And, my Mother says the salad still tastes great after it has been in the refrigerator for several hours.
However, when I took it out of the refrigerator a few hours later, I noticed that it seemed a little thick. Is that normal?
Is there any reason to leave chicken salad out on the counter? I don’t know that the danger is in that I’ll mix it up, but if I just keep it in a container on the counter, will that be a problem?
Have you ever done any freezing?
I’ve never been a huge fan of salad in a bowl, but I also don’t know how to make a salad in a bowl.
The “Roasting Method”
One thing I have seen work quite well is to place the ingredients into a pan and bake it in a pre-heated oven for 45 minutes or so.
Then, let it cool, and fill a shallow dish with the dressing, and place the salad on top.
You can add other ingredients on top, such as diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, or any kind of chopped green or red onion.
I’ve been told that adding basil or mint makes it pretty, and really makes it stand out.
By the way, you could always get a pressure cooker and do it this way. Or you could use my Method in a post about Pressure Cookers
By the way, my Mother keeps her chicken salad in a pretty bowl, and so far, I haven’t noticed that the ingredients have any different taste.
Can You Freeze Chicken Salad?
What is the temperature of the refrigerator in your kitchen?
I’m not sure about the dangers of freezing chicken salad. There might be a few exceptions to it, but if you don’t care about the contents, then I would think you could put it in a zip lock bag, seal it, and freeze it. This will be your “in-fridge salad.” If you keep it in the bag, it can be made and frozen a couple of months before you need it.
I don’t know that my refrigerator has a microwave, so I would guess that it is not possible to freeze this salad. However, you can always save it in a container on the counter or in the refrigerator. And, if you are worried about the “thinning” of the salad, then you can always add more chopped lettuce.