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Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

The famous Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad has a secret ingredient that gives the texture of the salad a wonderfully creamy texture.

What is it ? Freshly whipped cream folded into the chicken, almond and grape salad. It works and it is wonderful. Serve on a bed of curly lettuce, with crackers or on a croissant. Enjoy!

Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

Servings: 6 cups
4.88 from 8 votes
Deliciously fresh and flavorful chicken salad studded with grapes and made with a special ingredient – whipped cream!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • Stand Mixer


  • 1 lb. cooked chicken breasts cut into 1/2″ cubes (About 3 cups total)
  • 1 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 cup halved purple grapes
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped parsley I used 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly whipped cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • If you haven’t already done so, toast the almonds (400-f degrees for 7 minutes) and whip heavy whipping cream.
  • Combine the chicken, mayonnaise, celery, grapes, almonds, parsley, and salt in a bowl. Add whipped cream and pepper; fold to combine.
  • Serve on lettuce or a croissant.


The original recipe did not specify how stiff to beat the whipped cream. I whipped mine to soft peaks and it worked out perfect.
Recipe from Saveur.


Calories: 525kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 28gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 308mgPotassium: 439mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 167IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  1. How pretty! I would have never thought to add whipped cream to my chicken salad, but I can see why that works. I am going to have to give that a try!

  2. Chicken salad has never impressed me in the past, but this sounds so tasty!
    Absolutely must try this recipe!

  3. Whipped cream! I never thought of that. Cream cheese is another good thing to ad to chicken salad. Yummy!

    1. Hi Janet! Nope, you don't sweeten it. Beat chilled cream with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until it thickens well. Good luck!

  4. I made this recipe for a baby shower, everyone raved about this salad; so I am making it for another baby shower.

  5. Is this 1/2 cup of cream that is then whipped , making considerably more than 1/2 cup in volume, or 1/2 cup of whipped cream?

  6. Sounds delicious! I’m looking for a recipe that I can make the day before I host a luncheon. Does the whipped cream hold up overnight or will it become watery?