Classic Cranberry Chicken Salad

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This deli-style cranberry chicken salad is one of the best things you can have on a crisp fall day. It’s simple and delicious, with a creamy old-fashioned mayonnaise dressing. You can have it as a main course or make a to-die-for sandwich with dinner rolls or buttery croissants.

Simple Cranberry Chicken Salad

Chicken and cranberries may possibly be the best combination after turkey and cranberries! Feel free to add a bit of celery to the salad if you want to. However, this recipe is not complicated and uses clean, crisp flavors of the apple, lemon, and nuts to hit the right spot. If you get lucky with a good batch of apples in the fall, go ahead and make this salad with leftover roast chicken. For a kid-friendly version, skip the nuts and throw in some macaroni and mix well.

Cranberry Chicken Salad

Deli-style chicken salad with juicy cranberries 
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Chicken Salad
Appliance: Whisk
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Raksha Hegde

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked cubed chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup cubed apple Red Delicious or Granny Smith
  • 1/4 cup nuts coarsely chopped

Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add the chicken, cubed apple, dried cranberries, and nuts of your choice. 
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix till it becomes a creamy dressing. 
  • Pour the dressing over the chicken and then toss well to coat the salad. 
  • While you can have it right away, the flavors blend well when the salad is refrigerated for a couple of hours. Enjoy this classic fall salad! 
    cranberry chicken salad in a white bowl next to an apple on a counter

Notes

Pecans, walnuts, almonds, or cashewnuts go well with the salad, though you can choose any nuts of your choice. It's best to microwave or roast the nuts before adding it to our salad to get the best flavors. 

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As a content writer for Organic Facts, it’s no surprise that Raksha Hegde loves writing and is passionate about wellness. She’s been a television reporter, a news producer, a yoga teacher, and a wellness festival curator. She’s studied journalism at Boston University and now works in her favorite city, Mumbai. When not working, you can find her doing Yoga or Instagramming.

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