Cranberry, Apple & Walnut Chicken Salad

Cranberry Apple Walnut Chicken Salad

A chunky chicken salad packed with chewy dried cranberries, fresh tart apples, crunchy walnuts and the subtle bite of red onion. It’s held together with mayonnaise and a touch of mustard seasoned with sweet dill, salt and pepper. It is the best chicken salad I ever made. Or ate.

The success or failure of any chicken salad, in my eyes, depends completely on the quality of the chicken you use. I used a leftover, roasted, organic chicken that was so tender and juicy it melted in my mouth. You know that saying it melted like butter? This was that chicken. A rotisserie chicken will work well too. Just don’t use dried up, tough, tasteless chicken. Save that for the soup pot. 

This salad is so good stuffed into pitas, as a sandwich filling or on top of a leafy green salad. Once you dip your fork in it to taste it will pretty much own you, whether you planned on eating it right then and there on the spot or not.

It has a wily, I-bet-you-can’t-stop-eating-me-side to it that will suck you right in.

Better double the recipe.

Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad

Cranberry, Apple & Walnut Chicken Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Cranberry, Apple & Walnut Chicken Salad

A chunky chicken salad packed with chewy dried cranberries, fresh tart apples, crunchy walnuts and the subtle bite of red onion. It's held together with mayonnaise and a touch of mustard seasoned with sweet dill, salt and pepper. It is the best chicken salad I ever made. Or ate.

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked chicken, cut in bite-sized pieces (I like Rotisserie)
1/2 cup diced apple (I used Gala)
3 tablespoons chopped, dried cranberries
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 - 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl toss everything together until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Use as a sandwich filling or to top a leafy salad.

Notes:

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Comments

    • Julie says

      I love this recipe, i make it all the time for lunch. I’m actually going to make it for a Bridal Shower as well. I was wondering if there was a particular type of wine you would suggest to pair with this. I’m doing a food – wine pairing.

      Thanks

      • Reeni says

        Hi Julie! Thanks for making the chicken salad! I’m sorry I don’t drink wine so can’t help you out – I would ask at the wine shop. Hope it’s a hit at the shower!

  1. Becki's Whole Life says

    Mmmmm chicken salad. Dill is such a great add which I don’t usually see in chicken salad, but I love it! To me there is nothing better than good chicken salad in a fresh pita.

  2. Mary Frances says

    Good chicken is the key, I agree! And the apple, because I like mine crisp. :) This chicken salad is stuffed with so many amazing things, Reeni! I can’t go too long without a pita, but I think if I had one with cranberries and apples and chicken, I’d be eating them all the time!
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  3. Tammy says

    Chicken salad is one of my absolute favorite uses for leftover chicken….even more so than soup. This sounds refreshing after all that Holiday heavy feasting. And I always LOVE fruit bits in all my salads. Looks fab, Reeni!

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

  4. Grace says

    My mom makes (and I make) a similar chicken salad with dried cranberries, walnuts, and sage. The sage does something absolutely magical to it. It’s even better if you use turkey instead of chicken, because the turkey has a richer flavor that goes well with the sage.

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