Recipes Picnic Food: Chicken Salad #Recipe

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What’s not to love about spring? Fresh flowers, light breezes, sunshine, recipes picnic food and the beginning of picnic season. Today I’m sharing a modern twist on a classic picnic chicken salad recipe. How often do you find yourself packing up a picnic to head to the park, lake or beach?

I used to love packing up the kids for a day at the Russian River. There would be playing in the sand, floating down the river and hiking back to our picnic spot. The kids always ready for eating, then relaxing before a little more water time.

I’d pack up lunch full of yummy recipes I’d made for the day of sun and play. I’d bring an ice chest and a picnic basket. Lay out the blankets. We’d blow up the inner tubes and into the water we’d all go. The river was nestled between sand banks on each side with mountains with beautiful Redwood trees.

It wouldn’t be time to go until the coastal fog started rolling in or the sun started to set. Springs and summers are glorious in Northern CA. But, no matter where you picnic your sure to enjoy the beginning of me sharing recipes for picnic food, this recipe and picnic season. 

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I tried a new sauce to go in my chicken salad and a recipe from where I got the sauce. I adapted it slightly by only using 1/2 cup mayo vs the 3/4 shown in the recipe. When you cook the chicken cook it on a med/low to lower temperature until you reach food safe done. I sprinkled garlic, a dash of salt and crushed pepper on the chicken. Then proceeded to follow the recipe below. 

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This recipe is easy to make. It includes grapes and I chose chopped pecans. You can grab the full recipe is below. Sepo Sauce is the flavorful addition to the chicken salad recipe that I tried.

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It can also be used as a salad dressing or marinade on the steak. I love finding products that are versatile, good tasting and adds flavor to meals.

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This would be a perfect addition to picnic, grilling season or really any time of year you’d like to impress someone with a recipe your making. 

Sepo Chicken Salad

Sepo: It's a Marinade, a Dip, a Spread, a Salad Dressing a perfect addition for adding to your recipes!
Servings 4
Author Sepo



  • -¾ cup mayonnaise
  • -1 tbsp Sepo Sauce
  • -1 tsp granulated sugar
  • -½ tsp kosher salt
  • -½ tsp pepper
  • -2 tsp lemon juice

Chicken Salad

  • -1½ cup diced chicken
  • -1 stalk celery cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • -2 tbsp finely chopped green onions
  • -½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • -½ cup halved seedless grapes


  1. Mix the chicken, celery, green onions, nuts, and grapes in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the mayonnaise, Sepo Sauce, sugar, salt, pepper and lemon juice.
  3. Once well mixed, layer and blend the sauce into the bowl with chicken until all ingredients are coated.
  4. Refrigerate until cold.

Recipe Notes

Sepo has an underlying garlic tang and a hint of grated horseradish, the sauce's well-balanced flavor and creamy texture lends itself to endless versatility. When following the recipe I reduced the mayonnaise to 1/2 cup, did not add the sugar. I added the salt, pepper and the addition of garlic to my chicken when cooking it and not in the dressing.

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 Here’s a bit more about the product I used in today’s recipe. 

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Sepo Sauce was created by Chef Sharla Baker.

Sepo Sauce can be served simply as a salad dressing or a dip for crisp raw veggies and is equally delicious on toasted baguette slices and pita or tortilla chips. It’s a wonderful finishing sauce for tri-tip, rib eye, pork, and chicken and mellow enough to accompany seafood such as lobster, crab, sautéed or fried fish, shrimp, and calamari. Sepo spread onto sandwiches elevates everyday lunch into something special.

Cooking well for family and friends has always been at the heart of all of Sharla’s culinary pursuits and inspired her to whip up Sepo Sauce. Chef Sharla says, “I made a sauce that helps people create delicious food with ease and also invites them to experiment and find new ways to serve it “. “I’m constantly amazed at the creative serving ideas our fans are coming up with. But our biggest fans just put Sepo on everything—and even admit to swigging it solo, spooned it right out of the jar. ”

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If you want to find out more about this wonderful addition for the kitchen pantry or picnic season and also see additional recipes visit Seponifiq online at

Sepo Sauce is certified gluten free and is available online for $4.00 per 12 oz. jar. I saw that it is on sale from the usual $7.00 at the time of this post. 

You can also find the brand on Facebook.

Have you ever tried Sepo Sauce? What types of ingredients to you love in your chicken salad?

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  1. When the weather gets warmer I like to make pasta salads with chicken. This would be another alternative for me to try and that sauce looks like it’s tasty!

    1. Hi Stacie, The sauce is tasty. It had the Mr. asking for more when he was done with his chicken salad. That would be a great idea. I don’t think I’ve added chicken to my pasta salad in a long time. If you have a recipe be sure to share it at the weekly party!

    1. Hi Joanna, It was actually the first time I made it with grapes. It was amazing. Not sure, why I never tried it with them before? lol The combo of all of it was amazingly yummy!

  2. I cannot wait to try this recipe. I have a very basic chicken salad recipe and was actually on the hunt for something. I am intrigued about the sauce, we typically just use extra mayo. I am going to have to try this out! Thanks for sharing! I am pinning for later!

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