Old-fashioned Chicken, Rice, and Celery Salad

I’m sometimes asked how I decide which hundred-year-old recipes to make. Often I make recipes that sound like something I think I might like; other times I select recipes because I’m intrigued by an unusual combination of ingredients or preparation methods.

This week, was a first. Another blogger’s post inspired me to select a particular hundred-year-old recipe.

I recently read Automatic Gardening and Real Gluten Free Food’s recipe for Cold Chicken Rice Salad – and thought, “I think that I’ve seen a similar recipe in a hundred-year-old cookbook.” Next thing I knew, I was making a 1919 recipe for Chicken, Rice, and Celery Salad.

Chicken, Rice, and Celery Salad has a nice texture, and is packed with flavor. Both a hundred years ago and now, this salad is perfect for a summer lunch or picnic.

Recipe for Chicken, Rice, and Celery Salad
Source: Recipes for Everyday by Janet McKenzie Hill (1919)

Here is the original recipe:

When I made the recipe, I used some lettuce, but not an entire head. Similarly I used less mayonnaise than the old recipe called for.

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Chicken, Rice, and Celery Salad

  • Servings: 6 - 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 cups cooked chicken, chopped

1 cup cold long-grain cooked rice

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup lettuce, shredded

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Put chicken, rice, celery, and lettuce in a bowl, then gently mix together.

In a separate small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, salt, and paprika, then add to the chicken mixture and gently stir to combine.

23 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Chicken, Rice, and Celery Salad

    1. The 1919 cookbook that I got this recipe from (Recipes for Everyday) was a promotional cookbook for Crisco that was published by Proctor and Gamble. It also contains a recipe for Mayonnaise made with Crisco. Somehow that didn’t seem very appealing to me, so I ignored the directions to use Crisco Mayonnaise and just used regular mayonnaise.

  1. This sounds like it would be a great thing to make on a hot summer day when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen. I’m always in the market for cold meal/side dish ideas like this!

  2. This sounds really good. Especially now that the temps are hitting 95ºF. I think I might try this with chard stalks instead of celery. To me, chard favors celery a lot in taste and we have oodles if it in the garden. If I try it, I’ll post it on my blog and give you a link back here.
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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