Southern Chicken Salad


Buttermilk lends the dressing a distinctive flavor, and grapes and cashews lend it richness. I have found that it works best if I add the dressing all at once, but if there is any left over, pass it around to people separately.

4 servings


  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk

  • ¼ cup minced green onions

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 1 sprig fresh dill weed

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ cups seedless grapes

  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery

  • 8 leaves red leaf lettuce - rinsed

  • ½ cup chopped salted cashews

  • 5 sprigs fresh dill weed, for garnish


  1. TO MAKE DRESSING: Whisk the mayonnaise, green onions, buttermilk, dill and ground black pepper in a small bowl to blend (can be made 1 day ahead). Cover and chill.

  2. TO MAKE SALAD: Arrange the chicken in a heavy, medium size skillet. Add the wine, dill and ground black pepper. Season with salt. If necessary, add water to cover the chicken. Simmer over medium low heat until chicken is just cooked through, turning once (about 11 minutes). Transfer chicken to a plate and let cool.

  3. Cut chicken into 1/2 inch pieces. Place in a large bowl. Add the grapes and the celery and mix in the dressing to thoroughly coat the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to develop the flavors. (Can be prepared up to 3 hours ahead).

  4. Arrange the lettuce leaves on plates, mound on the salad and sprinkle with nuts. Garnish with fresh dill and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

531 Calories
32g Fat
22g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 531
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 389mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 16mg 82%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 722mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.