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Old 04-19-2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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Sliced almonds in chicken salad?

Can toasted sliced almonds be used in mayo based chicken salad or will they become soggy and limp? I usually use walnuts but don't have them right now.

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Old 04-19-2011, 12:31 PM   #2
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I have not tried it, but I think sliced almonds would be a good substitute.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:33 PM   #3
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My mom used them. She toasted them and put them in at the last minute. She also used cashews and pecans.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:35 PM   #4
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Almonds are great in chicken salad, I've never had an experience where they went soggy. But if you're unsure you could just add them at the list minute. =)

Secret tip: buy smoked almonds and chop them up roughly to use in place of plain toasted almonds, they add a great extra layer of flavor!
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:41 PM   #5
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I sauté slivered almonds all the time in green beans and broccoli and they don't go limp. I'm sure they would be fine in chicken salad. So I vote go for it, too.
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:02 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. I think I'll put them in each serving just before. The left overs will nutless until they are served. There is so much surface area in sliced almonds that I'd rather be safe than wimpy.
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:17 PM   #7
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You could also use some macadamia's or pitashio's both should hold up for you and taste wonderful.
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:15 PM   #8
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I have a chicken salad recipe that has sliced almonds and I haven't had a problem with them going soggy.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:22 PM   #9
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Our Chicken salad at work has slivered, toasted almonds and they never go soggy. The batches they make typically get used withing 24-48 hours. They have a high fat content, and are quite dense, so there's not really room for moisture to soak in and make them soggy.
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:56 PM   #10
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You could also use some macadamia's or pitashio's both should hold up for you and taste wonderful.
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macadamia nuts in the chicken salad, brilliant! if this salad involves seedless grapes, the macadamias might be even better than the usual walnuts, yeah!
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