Culinary SOS: Lunch's green apple chicken salad

Culinary SOS: Lunch's green apple chicken salad
Green apple chicken salad from Lunch restaurant in Culver City. Recipe. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Dear SOS:

I love the chicken salad from


. It's so delicious, and I always want it when I'm at home in


. Please help!

Laura Meredith


Dear Laura:

Lunch's chicken salad is a deliciously simple dish. It combines diced chicken with a little red onion, celery, currants and apple for a nice crunch, great color and a wonderfully fresh combination of flavors not unlike a classic Waldorf. And it's just as easy to prepare.

Lunch's green apple chicken salad

Total time:

25 minutes


4 to 6



Adapted from Lunch

1/3 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 cooked boneless and skinless chicken breasts, diced (a generous 2 cups)

2 small celery stalks, cut into small dice

1/2 red onion, cut into very small dice

1/2 green apple, cored and cut into medium dice

1/3 cup currants (raisins may be substituted)

Salt and pepper, if desired

1. In a large bowl,

whisk together the mayonnaise, cider vinegar and Dijon mustard to form a dressing.

2. To the bowl,

add the chicken, celery, onion, apple and currants. Toss everything together, taste and adjust the seasoning if desired. Chill before serving. This makes about 1 quart chicken salad.

Each of 6 servings:

188 calories; 12 grams protein; 10 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 11 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 39 mg cholesterol; 7 grams sugar; 163 mg sodium.


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