Caribbean Chicken Salad Recipe - Delicious and Flavorful Dish

Caribbean Chicken Salad

Caribbean Chicken Salad Recipe - Delicious and Flavorful Dish
Region / culture: Caribbean | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4


Caribbean Chicken Salad
Caribbean Chicken Salad

Caribbean Chicken Salad is a refreshing and flavorful dish that combines the tropical flavors of pineapple and curry with tender chicken and crunchy vegetables. This salad is perfect for a light lunch or dinner on a hot summer day.


Caribbean Chicken Salad is a popular dish in the Caribbean region, where fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant. The combination of sweet pineapple, savory chicken, and aromatic curry powder is a classic flavor profile that is loved by many.


How to prepare

  1. Combine rice, chicken, celery, green pepper, pineapple, and pimento.
  2. Blend mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, salt, curry powder, and pepper; pour over chicken mixture. Toss lightly; chill. Serve on lettuce leaves and garnish with green onions and parsley or tomato wedges and ripe olives, if desired.


  • Add diced mango or papaya for an extra tropical twist.
  • Substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream for a lighter dressing.
  • Add chopped nuts or seeds for extra crunch.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to use cooked and cooled rice for this recipe to prevent it from becoming mushy.

- You can use leftover cooked chicken or turkey for this recipe to save time.

- Adjust the amount of curry powder to suit your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions

Caribbean Chicken Salad can be served on a bed of lettuce leaves or with a side of crusty bread. It can also be enjoyed on its own as a light and satisfying meal.

Cooking Techniques

Be sure to cook the rice according to package instructions and allow it to cool completely before using it in the salad.

- Use a sharp knife to dice the chicken and vegetables evenly for a uniform texture.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use cooked shrimp or tofu in place of the chicken or turkey.

- Substitute red or yellow bell peppers for the green pepper for a pop of color.

Make Ahead Tips

Caribbean Chicken Salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Just be sure to wait to add the dressing until ready to serve to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Caribbean Chicken Salad in a hollowed-out pineapple or coconut shell for a fun and festive presentation. Garnish with fresh herbs or edible flowers for an extra touch of elegance.

Pairing Recommendations

Caribbean Chicken Salad pairs well with a crisp white wine or a fruity tropical cocktail. It can also be served alongside grilled fish or shrimp for a complete meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers of Caribbean Chicken Salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, simply microwave the salad for a few seconds until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories per serving: 300


Carbohydrates: 35g


Total Fat: 12g

Saturated Fat: 3g


Protein: 18g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin C: 20%

Iron: 10%


Contains: Dairy, Eggs


Caribbean Chicken Salad is a balanced meal that provides a good amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It is also a good source of vitamin C and iron.


Caribbean Chicken Salad is a delicious and nutritious dish that is perfect for a light and refreshing meal. With its tropical flavors and crunchy texture, this salad is sure to become a new favorite in your recipe rotation.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a happy memory that I hold dear to my heart. It all started when I was just a young girl, living on the beautiful island of Jamaica. My grandmother, who was known for her delicious cooking, would often invite me into the kitchen to help her prepare meals for our family.

One day, as we were preparing for a family gathering, my grandmother pulled out a worn and stained recipe card from her collection. She told me that this recipe was passed down to her from her own grandmother, who had learned it from a friend who had traveled to the Caribbean many years ago. The recipe was for Caribbean Chicken Salad, a dish that was bursting with vibrant flavors and exotic ingredients.

I watched in awe as my grandmother effortlessly put together the ingredients for the salad. The juicy chunks of chicken, sweet pineapple, crunchy almonds, and fragrant coconut all came together in a symphony of flavors that danced on my taste buds. I couldn't wait to try it.

As the salad marinated in the refrigerator, my grandmother told me stories of her own childhood in Jamaica. She spoke of the warm sun, the crystal-clear waters, and the bountiful fruit trees that lined the streets. She described how her own grandmother would spend hours in the kitchen, creating dishes that brought the flavors of the Caribbean to life.

When the time came to serve the Caribbean Chicken Salad, I watched as my family's eyes lit up with delight. The salad was a hit, with everyone going back for second and third helpings. I felt so proud to have been a part of creating such a delicious dish.

From that moment on, the recipe for Caribbean Chicken Salad became a staple in our family. Whenever there was a special occasion or a family gathering, my grandmother would pull out the worn and stained recipe card and we would recreate the magic that had brought us all together.

As I grew older and began to travel the world, I took the recipe for Caribbean Chicken Salad with me wherever I went. I shared it with friends and loved ones, spreading the joy and flavors of the Caribbean to all who were lucky enough to taste it.

Now, as I sit in my own kitchen, surrounded by the familiar smells and sounds of cooking, I can't help but smile as I think back on that happy memory of discovering the recipe for Caribbean Chicken Salad. It reminds me of my grandmother, of the island that will always be my home, and of the magical power that food has to bring people together.

And so, as I prepare the ingredients for another batch of Caribbean Chicken Salad, I say a silent thank you to the friend who traveled to the Caribbean so many years ago, to my grandmother who passed down the recipe with love, and to the flavors and memories that will always have a special place in my heart.


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