Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad is a delightful blend of tender diced chicken, sweet dried cranberries, crunchy toasted pecans, and crisp celery, all mixed in a creamy dressing with a hint of honey and Dijon mustard. This refreshing salad offers a perfect harmony of flavors and textures, making it a versatile and satisfying dish for any occasion.

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Today, we’re diving into a scrumptious recipe that’s bound to elevate your lunch game – the Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad. Whether you’re a fan of leafy greens or prefer a buttery croissant vessel, this delightful dish has got you covered.

What makes this salad healthy?

First off, let’s talk health! Packed with lean protein from diced chicken breast, this salad gives you the energy boost you need to conquer your day. The dried cranberries bring a burst of antioxidants and a touch of sweetness, while toasted pecans provide heart-healthy fats and a delightful crunch. With the perfect balance of veggies and a honey-mustard dressing, this salad is a nutritional powerhouse without compromising on flavor.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

What’s not to love? This Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad is a symphony of textures and flavors. The juicy chicken, chewy cranberries, crunchy pecans, and crisp veggies dance together, creating a palate-pleasing experience. The dressing, with its creamy mayo, zesty Dijon mustard, and a hint of honey, ties everything together with a burst of savory sweetness. It’s a lunchtime fiesta for your taste buds!

RELATED: Avocado Chicken Salad – Try this creamy and delicious avocado chicken salad recipe. Made with juicy chicken, ripe avocados, and a tangy dressing, it’s a nutritious and satisfying meal. Serve it on a sandwich, over a bed of greens, or as a dip for a versatile and tasty dish that’s sure to please.

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Ingredients to make a Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

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To make this salad you’ll need:

For the salad

  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Salad greens or croissants, for serving

Be sure to check out the full ingredient list and printable recipe in the recipe card below.

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How to make this salad

  1. Cook your chicken breasts until fully done, then let them cool slightly before dicing.
  2. Toast the pecans in a skillet until fragrant and slightly browned. Cool, then chop into smaller pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, combine chicken, cranberries, pecans, celery, and red onion.
  4. Whisk together mayo, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and toss gently until well coated.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let those flavors mingle.
  7. Serve over greens, stuff it into croissants, or pair it with your favorite crackers.

Make this Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, then check out my Montreal Steak Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Honey Mustard Dressing, Roasted Asparagus Caesar Salad, and Classic Waldorf Salad and more of my healthy salad dressing recipes.  

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TIPS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read on for tips and ideas such as how to customize this salad, and how to store this salad.

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Absolutely! The flavors actually intensify after some time in the fridge, making it a great make-ahead option.

Can I swap out the nuts for something else?

Sure thing! Feel free to experiment with almonds, walnuts, or even sunflower seeds for a different twist.

How to store

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. It’ll stay fresh for a couple of days, but it’s so tasty; it probably won’t last that long!

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Whether you’re crafting a weekday lunch or preparing for a weekend picnic, this Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad is your ticket to a satisfying and flavorful meal. Get ready to impress your taste buds! Enjoy!

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Other Chicken Salad recipes to try

  • Avocado Chicken Salad – Made with juicy chicken, ripe avocados, and a tangy dressing, it’s a nutritious and satisfying meal. Serve it on a sandwich, over a bed of greens, or as a dip for a versatile and tasty dish that’s sure to please.
  • Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad – Packed with protein-rich chicken, as well as flavorful mandarin oranges, vegetables and a tasty dressing, this salad is an easy way to nourish your body.
  • Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad – Chipotle seasoned chicken tossed with all your favorite southwestern fixings in an edible crispy taco bowl. An incredibly delicious salad with a south western bite!
Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad is a delightful blend of tender diced chicken, sweet dried cranberries, crunchy toasted pecans, and crisp celery, all mixed in a creamy dressing with a hint of honey and Dijon mustard. This refreshing salad offers a perfect harmony of flavors and textures, making it a versatile and satisfying dish for any occasion.

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Salad greens or croissants, for serving

Instructions

  1. If you haven't already, cook the chicken breasts until fully done. You can boil, bake, or grill the chicken breasts. Once cooked, let them cool slightly, then dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the pecans until they become fragrant and slightly browned, about 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to burn them. Remove from heat and let them cool, then chop them into smaller pieces.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced chicken, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, chopped celery, and red onion.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  5. Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and toss gently until everything is well coated with the dressing.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  7. Serve the cranberry pecan chicken salad over a bed of salad greens, stuff it into croissants, or enjoy it with your favorite crackers.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 555Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 501mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 22gProtein: 25g

The provided nutrition information is an estimate and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information.

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