How Long Will Fresh Made Chicken Salad Stay Fresh In The Refrigerator?


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Rory Copus answered
As the main perishable ingredient in your salad is the chicken, this is the ingredient that is going to determine the temporal freshness of the salad. For the combination of chicken and lettuce in a chicken salad, it is best to keep in the fridge for between 2 and 4 days, but absolutely no longer than 4 days. Past this, the mayonnaise or sauce you used may start to go bad, and the lettuce will start to wilt.

Chicken, on the whole, actually remains fresh for a rather long time. If you cook chicken, then put any leftovers in the fridge, they will stay fresh for the best part of a week. Chicken will stay fresh longer than vegetables, as the vegetables will start to go brown within a day, unless they are quickly refrigerated. Regular romano lettuce for the salad will not last longer than two days, really. Chicken, when combined with mayonnaise, can remain fresh for up to 4 days.

As a general rule regarding food in the fridge, keep nothing in the fridge longer than 7 days, otherwise it will start to go bad. Make sure it is properly stored in a a closed container, and the fridge is properly cooled.

For other meat salads, here are the recommended freshness limits:

  • Cooked chicken, beef or pork: 3-4 days
  • Cooked seafood: 2 days
  • Salad/ fresh vegetables: 1 or 2 days
  • Cooked vegetables: 3-4 days
  • Hard-boiled eggs: 7 days
  • Deviled eggs: 2-3 days
A simple tool for checking freshness of something - use your nose. Nothing better at validating the freshness of some food that looks like it could be bad. Get your nose in on it, and see if it smells off. If you're not sure, then think what you put into the salad. If you used mayonnaise, and it smells like it could have gone bad, then it's better to be on the safe side and not eat it, than risk it and be out ill for a few days.
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As a rule keep nothing longer than 7 days properly stored in a properly cooled frig...
Chicken per say remains fresh for a longer time than the veggies used in the salad, if you would be using lettuce, romano then they will not last for longer than 2 days. Chicken with mayo can remain fresh for about 4 days in the fridge.

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