Ayres' Chicken Salad Recipe

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Ayres' Chicken Salad

Julia Ferguson


This is a Chicken Salad I've had many times when I visited the 8th floor Tea Room of L.S.Ayres Dept. Store.
Taken from Indianapolis Monthly: In the Old Days, Ayres' Chicken Salad came piled high in a scooped-out fresh pineapple shell, lavished with a drift of chopped pecans and surrounded with a rainbow of colorful fresh fruits.
This is no exaggeration, the only thing left out of the article was the Pumpkin Bread that was sandwiched with cream cheese and cut into fingers and served along with the salad and fruit. This was one of Ayres' signature meals, especially in summer.

Recipe Source: L.S.Ayres Tea Room Recipes and Recollections, presented by Indiana State Museum

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8 servings




1 lb
chicken breasts, cooked and diced
celery ribs, diced
1 c
1 tsp
durkee's famous sauce *see note below
1/4 tsp
white pepper
hot pepper sauce
1/8 tsp
chicken- base paste
lemon juice

Directions Step-By-Step

In large mixing bowl, combine chicken and celery; chill. Combine mayonnaise, Durkee Sauce, salt, pepper, hot pepper sauce, chicken base and lemon juice; blend throughly. Combine chicken mixture and slad dressing; mix well and chill for at leats 4 hours.
To serve the Ayres way, serve with strawberries, banana slices, pineapple chunks, grapes and/or other fruits of your choosing. Don't forget the
Ayres' Pumpkin Bread Fingers (I will post recipe)
*Note: Chicken base is a commercial product. Granule bouillon may be substituted or it may be omitted.
Durkee's Famous Sauce is still made and can be found on the condiment isle where mayonnaise is found.
Actually, I don't use Durkee's or Chicken Base when making chicken salad. I use a mixture of Helman's Mayonnaise and Kraft Miracle Whip and sometimes just a dab of Marzetti Country Style Slaw Dressing. I like the dressing to be thick and just enough to bring all the ingredients together. I don't like it loose or swimming in dressing.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtag: #celery