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. … 

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Chocolate Chip Cranberry Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip & Cranberry Banana Bread

Banana bread bursting with dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips. The tart berries paired with the sweet chocolate and subtle hint of banana is a particularly delicious combination, not to mention, befitting of the season.

This is a bread that only gets better as it ages. The banana flavor becomes more pronounced after a day or two and the chewy cranberries really pop. It has a soft, fluffy crumb and surprisingly isn’t as sweet as some banana breads.

There’s no butter involved, just a small amount of oil and buttermilk that you can swap out for sour cream or yogurt. I always have a canister – or three – of buttermilk powder on hand for baking. I love it because you can mix it up as needed and it has the same properties as fresh. Cup for cup I find it’s cheaper too and it’s not as wasteful. You can find it in the baking section of your market or buy it on-line.

This is a perfect bread to serve at a holiday brunch or to have on hand for impromptu guests that might drop in before Christmas. You know, to spread holiday cheer or drop off gifts or brighten your day with caroling.

It’s nice to be prepared with a little snack. Payback.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Banana Bread

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 loaf

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Banana Bread

Banana bread bursting with dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup very ripe mashed banana ( 2 to 3 small - medium)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk, sour cream or plain yogurt (I used buttermilk)
1 cup mini chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top
1/2 cup dried cranberries, rough chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a standard-size loaf pan.
  2. Beat the eggs, sugar, and oil together on low speed until blended. Beat in the banana and vanilla.
  3. In a separate, medium bowl whisk together the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and flour. Add to the egg mixture and mix on low until just combined then pour in the buttermilk and mix again until just combined.
  4. Mix in the chocolate chips and cranberries. Pour into the prepared pan and sprinkle a handful of chips over the top.
  5. Bake about 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Cool on a wire rack 30 minute then carefully turn out to cool completely.

Notes:

Adapted from King Arthur's Baking Companion

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Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad w/ Honey Mustard Dressing

Cranberry Apple Walnut Chicken Salad

Romaine salad with chicken, apples, dried cranberries and walnuts in a honey-mustard dressing.

It has all the elements I like in a satisfying salad including a full array of competing flavors and textures that all meld together in a completely delicious way.

Every bite reminds me that fall is here to stay awhile and makes me smile wider and wider.… 

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This chopped salad has all of that going for it and more with bosc pears, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, couscous, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, baby spinach and romaine tossed together in a honey mustard dressing. Your taste buds will scream happiness…. 

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A quinoa salad bursting at the seams with fresh apples, chewy cranberries, toasted walnuts and the sharp bite of feta cheese. All that is good in this world.

A creamy, toasted walnut dressing made with lemon and olive oil ties these everyday ingredients together to make something extraordinary.

The salad is a cinch to throw together for a tasty and healthy lunch that travels well and makes a great side dish that will steal the show…. 

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