Chicken Salad in a Creamy Chive and Lovage Dressing

Recipe by French Tart


  • Dressing
  • 2
    shallots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 100
    ml glass white wine
  • 100
    ml double cream
  • 2
    tablespoons of chopped fresh chives
  • 1 -2
    tablespoon of chopped fresh lovage (Or celery leaves)
  • 12
    lemon, juice of
  • 150
    g thick full fat creme fraiche
  • salt and pepper
  • Salad
  • cold cooked chicken, diced (Approx 400g)
  • lettuce, to serve
  • flowering chives and lovage (to garnish)


  • Dressing: Chop the shallots, place in a pan with white wine & boil to reduce liquid by two thirds. Add the cream and bring back to the boil. then & pour into a clean container. Add the chives, lovage and lemon juice and set aside.
  • When the dressing is cool, gently mix it with the crème fraiche. Check the seasoning and adjust to taste.
  • Place the chopped chicken pieces in a bowl and add the creamy lovage dressing, mixing well, Serve on a bed of lettuce with a few chives, chive flowers and some chopped lovage leaves as a garnish - some crusty French bread would also be a wonderful accompaniment!
  • For picnics: Put the chicken and lovage salad into a sealed container and keep in the fridge until you need to pack your hamper. Pack your lettuce and garnishes separately and garnish the salad it when you have arrived at your picnic spot. Serve as a sandwich filling or with crusty bread - don’t forget to pack your knives and forks!