Chicken salad is a favorite in our house. It’s easy to use, has a flavor that is both sweet and a little salty, and it goes perfectly on sandwich bread. It’s not uncommon to see it put to use at lunch, and around here it doesn’t usually stay in the fridge long.
Chicken salad is a fairly old idea, with origins in Europe. The specific kind of chicken salad that Americans are familiar with, which usually involves mayonnaise, seems to have appeared in the South in the early-to-mid 19th century, with the first known appearance in a restaurant taking place in Rhode Island in 1863.
Aldi sells chicken salad in a couple of varieties as a Regular Buy, and they will sometimes sell unique flavors as Aldi Finds. The current Regular Buys — which are available all the time — are a classic chicken salad and a cranberry almond chicken salad. At the time of this post, the classic chicken salad costs $3.69 for a 16-ounce container (23 cents an ounce), while the cranberry and almond chicken salad costs $3.99 for a 16-ounce container (25 cents an ounce).
We like both of them. The regular chicken salad is your traditional chicken salad, with large chunks of meat, a sauce that is both sweet and savory, and a little crunch courtesy of the celery. Keep in mind that the classic contains eggs, soy, and wheat.
The cranberry almond chicken salad has nice chunks of meat, a sauce that is sweet, cranberries that complement the sweetness, and almonds that add a little crunch. This version of chicken salad contains almonds, eggs, soy, and wheat.
Both the Park Street Deli Classic Chicken Salad and the Park Street Deli Cranberry and Almond Chicken Salad are nice ways to do chicken salad. They both go nicely on bread, have the right mix of sweet, salty, and crunch, and both make for a tasty lunch. We’re fans of both.