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An Olympic Lunch: Salpicao {Brazilian Chicken Salad}

It seems we’re mid-way through the Olympics. Are you watching? Are you cheering on your home country? Salpicao {Brazilian Chicken Salad

Salpicao {Brazilian Chicken Salad

I’ve been watching a bit of the games, here and there. I find it a bit frustrating to watch, and get excited, when I already know the outcome. {Thank you push notifications and social media… insert eye roll.}

As for the events that are shown live… some of them are on way to late for this aging lady. Lol.

Glenn is into the games and being we both work from home many days, the TV is on in the background. {Much to HIS delight.} To prove to him that I am a good sport… I decided to make him an Olympic Lunch!

Salpicao {Brazilian Chicken Salad

I was scanning through my Costco Connection magazine, as an aid to help me make my list, before heading over to the warehouse to shop. And lo and behold, I found the recipe for Salpicão within the pages.

Brazilian Chicken Salad? How perfect is that?! Olympics in Brazil…Salpicão on my table! I actually had everything I needed already in the house… Somethings are just meant to be. So a Brazilian style lunch was had!

Salpicao {Brazilian Chicken Salad

This salad is loaded with shredded chicken, veggies and fruits. The dressing is simple and light. It was an absolutely perfect lunch on a very, very hot day. Serve it on a delicious bakery roll, wrapped in lettuce or scooped on a plate. You can’t eat it wrong.

I’ve been invited to serve as a co-host for this week’s Fiesta Friday party, so I’ll be taking my Salpicão along to share with all of the party revelers. New to Fiesta Friday? If you’re a blogger, you can link up your own post by visiting Fiesta Friday… if you’re not a blogger, you can still visit, click on all of the links and perhaps, find a new blog or two to follow!

Angie of Fiesta Friday, will be there to make sure everything runs smoothly. As I mentioned, I’ll be co-hosting the party along with the lovely Sandyha of Infused … off to the party I go… please join us!

Salpicao {Brazilian Chicken Salad


  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Notes: If short on time, a rotisserie chicken works great in this recipe.

I made use of rainbow carrots (my absolute favorite) to bring even more color to the salad.

4 cups chicken, cooked & shredded
2 cups celery
1 cup carrots, grated
1 cup apple, small dice
1 cup red grapes, sliced in rounds
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas (if frozen, thawed and drained)

1¼ cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, celery, carrot, apple, grapes and peas. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and lime juice. Add salt and pepper, as desired.

Gently, fold the mayo mixture into the chicken mixture. Mix just until combined. Refrigerate. Serve chilled.

Recipe adapted from Costco Connection August 2016, recipe by Junea Rocha.


  1. This does sounds good, Nancy, and I do like the idea of adding grapes into the mix for that pop of flavor. I do the same with a handful of corn kernels in chicken soup. My TV has been pretty much tuned into the Olympics for the duration. Suddenly, I’m an expert in gymnastics, diving, you name it, critiquing these athletes as if I’m a judge. I should be thankful that TV is only one-way. If it were two-way, I’m suer there’d be quite a few athletes on my stoop angered over my “call”.

    • LOVE the new avatar, John…nice to “meet” you!

      I actually laughed out loud at your comment… I find myself doing the same thing. Who knew I was so knowledgeable in rhythmic gymnastics?! And btw, corn kernels are a must in chicken soup. 😉

  2. What a great salad to celebrate the Olympics, Nancy, such a brilliant idea. When we visited Brazil about 2 years ago, I absolutely loved the cuisine there, needless to say I’m sure your salad is quite delicious. I’ve been watching the Olympics quite sporadically, I have my favorite sports, swimming being one of them. The US are really killing it! Thanks so much for co-hosting, always wonderful to have you as such a gracious host. Please read my response to your response on my no-churn mango ice cream that I presented. It seems like I responded, but it was about 2 or 3 comments down, silly me!!

    • Thank you, Loretta. I felt the salad brought a little festive feel to the games since we were stuck in front of the TV as opposed to being in Rio! One day I’ll get there…it’s definitely on my list of places to go. I imagine the food is outstanding there! I must admit, the swimming was mesmerizing… especially Phelps…Wow.

    • I don’t think my husband turned off the Olympics all weekend! The salad may be gone now, but his enthusiasm for the games remains. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Fae!

    • It seems my sports loving husband is forcing me to watch by default… it’s what he has the TV tuned to, lol. The salad was my delicious contribution to his Olympic love. 😉

  3. petra08

    What a great idea to make an Olympic salad! It sounds great and I love the sound of the lime in the dressing! Thank you for co hosting Fiesta Friday! 🙂

    • Thanks, Julianna! It was a tasty salad. 🙂
      It’s always a pleasure to help Angie out at FF when I can…it makes for a few fun days. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Sandhya

    What a perfect lunch to have during the Olympics ! I like all the flavors in this yummy salad and am going to make it soon.
    Thank you so much for co-hosting the Fiesta Friday with a newbie like me 🙂

    • Thank you Sandhya… The salad was enthusiastically enjoyed! Hope you’re having fun co-hosting FF, I know I am. 🙂 Newbie or not, it’s a fun a easy way to get to know those in our blogging community…and you’re doing a great job! Hope you’re having a great time and won’t be afraid to say “yes” to Angie on a future date!

      • Sandhya

        I am having a great time co-hosting with you Nancy. It really has been fun visiting people in our blogging community . I have been learning so much from our friends and drooling incessantly looking at all the food at the fiesta 🙂

  5. michelleoblogoff

    I adore chicken salads! This sounds especially delicious with the lime in the dressing- not to mention the sweet red cabbage bowl!
    Thanks for co-hosting @ Fiesta Friday 😀
    Have a great weekend!

    • Thank you, Michelle. The recipe wasn’t too far off from my go-to chicken salad…yet it tasted quite different. We certainly enjoyed it! It’s always my pleasure to help at FF when I can…it’s always a fun day. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

  6. How appropriate with the Olympics going on now. I watch what I can and seem to miss what I would like to see. Your salad is kind of like a Waldorf Salad which I have always enjoyed but with a twist. Thanks for co-hosting so soon after just getting back into Fiesta Friday. Have fun this week and good to see you back partying with us Nancy 🙂

    • That seems to be what is happening to me, Judi. I do enjoy the gymnastics, but they were showing most of it tape delayed during prime time and by then I already had read about the results. Lol, so frustrating.

      Yes, this salad is very similar to a Waldorf salad. I couldn’t resist making this Brazilian version … it helped me get into the spirit of the games. 🙂

    • Hahhah, so I’m not the only one who was intrigued?! Overall, the salad is so simple, yet so delicious when everything is mixed. I hope you get a chance to try it, we loved it. The brigadeiros, on the other hand weren’t quite as good. I made them as well and was somewhat disappointed. At least I cured my curiouity. Thanks so much for visiting!

  7. What a perfectly delicious salad Nancy, thank you for co hosting and this delicous recipe. I have to admit I haven’t watched any of the Olympics this year. I’ve heard it is quite the spectacle and that US team is doing pretty well. I like the winter Olympics and winter sports and well, Fall and winter. Have a great weekend.

    • Thanks, Suzanne. I’m with you… I prefer the winter Olympics. I will, however, continue to catch a bit of the games here and there… if only because my husband has it on. Btw… I had ice cream for lunch, lol… see what your pralines and ice cream did to me! Granted mine was purchase from a store… but still! I’m so bad. 😉

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