‘The Pioneer Woman’: Ree Drummond Gives Classic Chicken Salad a Delicious Twist

Ree Drummond takes the flavors of a cobb salad and combines them with chicken salad for one amazing sandwich filling. The Pioneer Woman star shared how to make her unique spin on typical chicken salad.

'The Pioneer Woman' Ree Drummond holds a microphone while speaking at The Pioneer Woman Magazine Celebration
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Ree Drummond’s cobb chicken salad takes a classic to new levels

Drummond shared her “perfect lunch” recipe for cobb chicken salad in a March Pioneer Woman blog post. “I love cobb salad because there are so many different ingredients,” Drummond noted. “Everywhere you turn there’s something delicious going on.”

She sliced chicken breasts so they were thin then grilled them, allowed the breasts to cool, and diced them into bite-sized chunks. Drummond chopped hard-boiled egg into pieces and cut cooked bacon, grape tomatoes, and avocado.

For the dressing, The Pioneer Woman star mixed together mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, and Worcestershire sauce, then added chives, blue cheese crumbles, salt, and pepper. She chilled the dressing for two hours so the flavors intensified then added the chicken, tomatoes, scallions, avocado, bacon, and hard-boiled eggs, stirring to combine everything well.

Ree Drummond’s love of cobb salad inspired her chicken salad recipe

Drummond wrote about her love for cobb salad in a 2014 Pioneer Woman blog post. “Man, do I love a cobb salad! My mom used to order them at restaurants when I was younger, and I knew I had truly become a grown-up when I started ordering them, too,” she explained.

Drummond continued, “I love cobb salads because there’s so much glorious goodness going on: crisp greens, yummy chicken, eggs, bacon, avocado, tomato. And to tie it all together, creamy blue cheese dressing. Heaven on a plate!”

The full recipe for ‘The Pioneer Woman’ star’s cobb chicken salad is available on the Food Network website.

‘The Pioneer Woman’ calls this ‘the best chicken salad recipe’

Drummond has an easy chicken salad recipe as well but she offered up a disclaimer on her May Pioneer Woman blog post for the recipe. “Chicken salad is like a box of chocolates,” she wrote. “You never know what you’re gonna get. Everyone likes chicken salad different ways: ground up and fine, large and chunky, chock full of onions, nuts, and any number of other ingredients.”

She added, “Because of the innumerable combinations of chicken salad, I won’t even consider claiming that this recipe is ‘the best’ or ‘the greatest.’ Chicken salad is way too subjective for that. What I will do is show you chicken salad … the way I like it. And the great thing about this recipe is, you can use the steps and ingredients as a basis for your own unique recipe, adding and subtracting whatever makes your skirt fly up.”

Drummond’s classic chicken salad includes celery, green onions, and grapes, plus an easy dressing made with mayonnaise, yogurt (or sour cream), lemon juice, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and dill.

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