Satisfy Your Cravings with Delicious Salpicao Recipe

Are you tired of the same old chicken salad sandwiches? Do you crave a new flavor that will leave your taste buds dancing? Well, look no further! I am thrilled to share with you my latest recipe for the famous Brazilian Salpicao (Chicken Salad Sandwich)!

This salad sandwich recipe is not only bursting with bold and savory flavors but also loaded with vegetables, fruits, and a hint of sweetness. The combination of chicken, apples, raisins, olives, and crunchy potato sticks will make your mouth water just thinking about it.

But let me tell you a little secret – it’s the Brazilian Sofrito that truly sets this dish apart. A unique blend of garlic, onions, and olive oil gives this recipe personalized Brazilian flair that will have your guests begging for more.

Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or a delicious dinner idea, this salad sandwich recipe is perfect for any occasion. So come on! Let’s take a culinary journey to Brazil and indulge in this delectable Brazilian Chicken Salad Sandwich.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Salpicao (Brazilian Chicken Salad Sandwich)
Salpicao (Brazilian Chicken Salad Sandwich)

Are you ready to embark on a culinary adventure? Look no further than this Brazilian chicken salad sandwich recipe, also known as Salpicao.

First and foremost, this recipe is a delicious fusion of flavors. Imagine tender shredded chicken mixed with crispy vegetables and fruits– carrots, celery, crispy potato sticks, and even diced apples and raisins. All of these ingredients are combined with the traditional Brazilian sofrito— onion and garlic sautéed in olive oil—and fresh cilantro before being tossed in the perfect amount of mayo and lime juice.

But this sandwich isn’t just about flavor; it’s also easy to prepare. The recipe can be personalized based on your taste preferences, so feel free to add or remove ingredients to make it your own. Plus, the dish can easily be made in advance for meal planning or quick and convenient lunches during a busy week.

Health-conscious foodies will also appreciate the nutritious benefits of this recipe. The boston lettuce leaves used to serve the salad are a great source of vitamins A and C while the golden raisins offer a juicy sweetness that adds a touch of healthy indulgence to your meal.

Overall, there are countless reasons why you’ll fall in love with this hearty Brazilian chicken salad sandwich recipe. It’s the perfect combination of zesty flavors, nutrient-dense ingredients, and easy preparation that is sure to impress anyone who tries it. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to dive into one of Brazil’s most iconic dishes and enjoy all the culinary pleasures it has to offer!

Ingredient List

 A colorful plate of Salpicao, a Brazilian twist on a classic chicken salad sandwich.
A colorful plate of Salpicao, a Brazilian twist on a classic chicken salad sandwich.

Here are all the ingredients needed to make this delightful Brazilian chicken salad sandwich, known as Salpicao:
For the Chicken Salad:

  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup olives (green or black), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Boston lettuce leaves, for serving

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Brazilian sofrito 3 cloves garlic minced, 1/2 onion diced, and 1 tablespoon olive oil mashed together
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped


  • 1 apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 beet, boiled in salted water for around 15 minutes then diced into small pieces
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped

For Garnish:

  • Potato sticks (such as Batata Palha)

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect for picnics or as a light lunch, Salpicao is a refreshing and satisfying dish.
Perfect for picnics or as a light lunch, Salpicao is a refreshing and satisfying dish.

Let me guide you through the process of creating this Brazilian Chicken Salad Sandwich, also known as Salpicao. It’s said to be one of the most loved salads in Brazil and is a must-try for anyone seeking a taste of authentic Brazilian food.


Before we begin, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients on hand. You’ll need:
1 pound cooked shredded chicken breast
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 golden beet, grated
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup pitted olives, sliced
2 cups potato sticks
Boston lettuce leaves for serving

To make the dressing, you’ll need:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tbsp Brazilian sofrito (onion, garlic and cilantro puree)


Now that you have all the ingredients at hand let’s start putting it together.

Step 1: Cooking chicken breast

If you don’t already have cooked, shredded chicken available, don’t worry! First things first, cook your Chicken breasts by boiling, roasting or sautéing them according to your preference. Once cooked, shred the chicken using fork and set aside.

Step 2: Chopping Vegetables and fruits

The next step is to chop your Carrots, celery and Beet into fine pieces using a good quality Knife. Don’t forget to grate the Golden Beet! Add these vegetables to the bowl containing shredded chicken meat.

Step 3: Dressing preparation

In another bowl, mix together Mayonnaise, Fresh Lime Juice and Brazilian Sofrito until the mixture has blended thoroughly into a creamy white dressing.

Step 4: Combine the Chicken, Fruits and Vegetables

Now it’s time to combine the chicken, fruits, and vegetables. Combine the carrots, celery, beet with chicken in a large bowl. Add the golden raisins and sliced pitted olives to give it an extra zing.

Step 5: Adding Creamy Dressing

Once all of this is done, pour the creamy dressing over the salad ensuring that all ingredients are coated with it. Blend everything together thoroughly.

Step 6: Add Potato Sticks

The final aspect of this Brazilian dish is adding potato sticks to add texture and flavor to the dish. This recipe calls for two cups of potato sticks. Add them right before serving to keep them crunchy.

Step 7: Serving

It’s time to serve your Brazilian Chicken Salad Sandwich (Salpicao) filled with creamy, crunchy goodness. Serve on platters of Boston Lettuce leaves or between slices of toasted bread.

Personalized recipe tips:

  • If you want to make it vegetarian-friendly replace Chicken Breast with Tof

Substitutions and Variations

 This sandwich packs a punch of flavor and texture with crunchy vegetables and juicy shredded chicken.
This sandwich packs a punch of flavor and texture with crunchy vegetables and juicy shredded chicken.

When it comes to making Salpicao, there are plenty of substitutes and variations you can try based on your personal preferences. This salad is incredibly versatile, so feel free to switch it up and experiment with different ingredients.

One substitution you can make is using turkey instead of chicken. Turkey has a similar flavor and texture to chicken, making it a great alternative. You can also use canned or rotisserie chicken instead of cooking your own chicken breasts to save time.

For the vegetables, you can use whatever you have on hand or prefer. If you don’t have carrots or celery, try using bell peppers or cucumbers instead. You can even add in some roasted beets for a pop of color and added sweetness.

If you’re looking for a healthier option, try using Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise or a combination of both. It will still give the dish the creaminess that it needs while reducing the fat content.

For additional crunch, you can add apples, raisins or even potato sticks into the mix. The salty crunch from the potato sticks is particularly satisfying against the creamy base of the salad.

Another variation is to mix in Brazilian sofrito (a blend of garlic, onion and olive oil) into your dressing for an added layer of depth and tanginess. You can also amp up the spice by adding jalapenos or red pepper flakes for a kick.

Don’t be afraid to personalize this Brazilian dish to your liking! Whether you’re trying out new ingredients or sticking to traditional ones, the possibilities are endless when it comes to making Salpicao.

Serving and Pairing

 Toss together carrots, bell peppers, onions, and shredded chicken for the perfect combination of savory and sweet.
Toss together carrots, bell peppers, onions, and shredded chicken for the perfect combination of savory and sweet.

Ah, you’ve done it! You’ve created a perfect Brazilian-inspired chicken salad sandwich, packed with all the beyond-delicious flavors of the countryside. But wait, don’t just stop there – let’s talk about how to really take this sandwich over the top with some fancy serving and pairing suggestions to really wow your guests.

Firstly, when it comes to serving your chicken salad sandwich, you’ve got a few options. Of course, the classic way is to simply spread a generous amount of your homemade Brazilian chicken salad mixture on your favorite bread slices (mine are ciabatta bread!), and add some fresh, crunchy Boston lettuce leaves on top.

Why not step it up a notch and make things even more exciting with some creative toppings? Try adding thin potato sticks, sliced avocado, or even some fried plantain chips for an extra crunch that will take your sandwich experience to new heights.

Now let’s talk about pairing. The easiest pairing would be some traditional sides like crisps or veggies sticks. But if you want to go all out and bring some true Brazilian flair to your mealtime, try serving your Salpicao alongside another authentic Brazilian dish like Pao de queijo (cheese balls), Farofa (toasted cassava flour), or Feijoada (traditional black bean stew).

Another recommendation is to pair with Brazilian drinks like Caipirinha or Guarana Soda to add a little bit of sweetness to the palate.

Using these tips and tricks will surely make your kitchen happy with vibrant colors and aromatic smells; plus turn mealtime into an unforgettable flavorful fiesta showcasing Brazil’s cuisine scene.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Drizzle a creamy dressing made of mayonnaise, lime juice, and garlic for a delightful tangy flavor.
Drizzle a creamy dressing made of mayonnaise, lime juice, and garlic for a delightful tangy flavor.

Are you in a rush and need to prepare this dish ahead of time? No worries, because Salpicao is easily stored and reheated for a later time.

To make ahead, combine chicken, carrots, celery, olives, raisins, apple, onion, and Sofrito in a large bowl. Mix everything together and save the dressing (mayonnaise, olive oil and lime juice) until you serve. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

When serving leftovers or reheating your Salpicao mix, I recommend that you separate the Boston lettuce leaves from the actual salad. Place both separately in an airtight container. The lettuce leaves will stay fresher if they are kept dry.

To reheat the shredded chicken mixture, microwave it for 1-2 minutes for a quick meal on the go, or put it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 10-15 minutes until heated through. Do not forget to add fresh cilantro as garnish when serving.

If you have any leftover potato sticks add them in right before you serve it so they remain crispy.

Don’t let being busy take away from enjoying one of the best Brazilian dishes. With this recipe personalized to your liking and prepared ahead of time, you can still enjoy delicious Brazilian food without sacrificing your precious time.

Tips for Perfect Results

 This dish brings the flavors of Brazil to your table with simple ingredients and easy preparation.
This dish brings the flavors of Brazil to your table with simple ingredients and easy preparation.

If you’re looking for the perfect way to make this Brazilian chicken salad sandwich, I have some tips for you. A great tip is to use Boston lettuce leaves as opposed to other types of lettuce, especially iceberg lettuce. Boston lettuce is more delicate and less bitter than iceberg lettuce, which makes it perfect for this recipe.

Another tip is to use fresh ingredients such as cilantro, beet, carrot and yellow onions to give your salad a vibrant taste. The freshness of the ingredients will enhance the flavor of the dish and make it more enjoyable. Also, don’t forget to use golden raisin and lime juice to balance out the flavors of your chicken salad.

When preparing the chicken salad, be sure to chop your ingredients into small pieces. This will ensure that every bite is full of flavor and texture. It is also recommended that you use cooked shredded chicken breast instead of pre-packaged or canned chicken.

In terms of mixing everything together, I like to combine my mayonnaise with Brazilian sofrito (a mix of onion, garlic and olive oil) first and then add in the rest of the ingredients. This helps distribute mayo evenly throughout the salad without overwhelming it with its creaminess.

My next tip is related to potato sticks – a common ingredient in Brazilian Salpicao! If available for purchase, use homemade potato sticks or chipotle potato sticks from your local grocery store. They will bring an elevated crunchiness to your dish that’s unmatched by any plain potato sticks.

Finally yet importantly – give plenty of time to this recipe as it demands sufficient time for marinating all the vegetables & fruits that go into it. Don’t forget that ‘Salpicão’ gets better if it sits in the refrigerator overnight or at least an hour before serving.

Following these tips can help you create a personalized Brazilian salpicão recipe that is full of flavor and guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy every bite!

Bottom Line

So there you have it, folks! A recipe for the mouthwatering Brazilian Chicken Salad Sandwich – Salpicao. This dish is not just delicious, but also healthy and nutritious as it’s loaded with fresh vegetables and lean protein.

Whether you’re a fan of Brazilian food or you’re looking to expand your palate into new cuisines, this recipe is one that should not go unnoticed. I guarantee that even if you’ve never tried a Brazilian dish before, you’ll fall in love with the flavors and textures of Salpicao.

So go ahead, give this recipe a try and let your taste buds go on a journey to Brazil. With its colorful ingredients and rich flavor profile, Salpicao is sure to brighten up your table and impress whoever you’re serving it to.

Remember to personalize the recipe to your liking and experiment with substitutions and variations to make it your own. Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

Lastly, make sure you share this recipe with your friends and family so they too can indulge in the deliciousness that is Salpicao. Trust me when I say, they won’t be disappointed.

Happy cooking!

Salpicao (Brazilian Chicken Salad Sandwich)

Salpicao (Brazilian Chicken Salad Sandwich) Recipe

This easy take on a sandwich sold by vendors along Rio de Janeiro’s beaches is packed with grated vegetables, sweet raisins, fresh lime juice, and cilantro.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 576.3 kcal


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups roasted chicken meat, shredded (homemade or from a store-bought rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisin
  • 1 large celery, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons yellow onions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cup beet, grated
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 8 boston lettuce leaves
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread, toasted if desired


  • In a medium bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, 1 tbsp of the lime juice, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Add the chicken, raisins, celery, and onion. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • In another medium bowl, combine the oil with the remaining 1 tbsp lime juice, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Mix in the carrots, beets, and cilantro.
  • Put a lettuce leaf on 4 of the bread slices, then top with the chicken salad, carrot mixture, another lettuce leaf, and another slice of bread.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 311gCalories: 576.3kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 49.4gFat: 24.1gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 128.4mgSodium: 533.4mgFiber: 5.8gSugar: 12.9g
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.