Cranberry Chicken Salad

With dried cranberries and chopped apple, plus a fresh dressing made with part Greek yogurt, Cranberry Chicken Salad is tasty and versatile.  Top a salad, fill a sandwich, stuff an avocado or more. With dried cranberries and chopped apple, plus a fresh dressing that is part Greek yogurt, cranberry Chicken Salad is tasty and versatile.  Top a salad, fill a sandwich, stuff an avocado or more.

I never liked the chicken salads of my youth.  With few add-ins other than hard boiled egg and celery, then overdressed with bland dressing, they were not a taste sensation. 

But this Cranberry Chicken Salad is not your grandmother’s chicken salad.  With a fresh dressing that is part yogurt plus a brightness from apple and dried cranberries, it has a very different feel.  And it just may win over some chicken salad skeptics!  With dried cranberries and chopped apple, plus a fresh dressing that is part Greek yogurt, cranberry Chicken Salad is tasty and versatile.  Top a salad, fill a sandwich, stuff an avocado or more.

What Makes This a Winner

Besides being fresh and flavorful, Cranberry Chicken Salad is:

  • Versatile. This has an ability to take different forms and can readily go from sandwich to salad.
  • A Little Extra Nutrition.  I know, the yogurt, cranberries and apple won’t add up to a serving of fruit or calcium alone. But I like to add extra bits of goodness when I can, on the idea it all adds up.
  • Great for using leftovers.  One benefit of roasting or buying a large chicken is the leftovers and this puts them to good use. Truthfully, if I had chunky cranberry sauce left over, I’d put that in too!  And who expects to have leftover Thanksgiving turkey?

Step by Step Directions

To start, you chop the chicken, fruit and vegetables as needed.  Chop salad ingredients

Mix together the dressing ingredients.Mix dressing ingredients

Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl, top with dressing and mix until well combined.  Combine dressing and salad ingredients

Serve immediately or refrigerate until needed.

How to Serve

The lightest way too serve Cranberry Chicken Salad is simply top a big lettuce leaf. Or turn it into a full-sized dinner salad by heaping it onto a pile of spring greens.

For an elegant look that’s perfect for a baby shower or nicer luncheon, you can stuff a hollowed tomato or half an avocado. Yum!

Of course a chicken salad sandwich is classic.  Here you can use a croissant for a formal look, sliced bread for casual or even a bagel for fun!

It can even work atop crackers for an appetizer.  With dried cranberries and chopped apple, plus a fresh dressing that is part Greek yogurt, cranberry Chicken Salad is tasty and versatile.  Top a salad, fill a sandwich, stuff an avocado or more.

What can I serve this with?

For a sandwich, I love the idea of adding coleslaw, especially if you use a mix that has added red cabbage and carrots,  A side salad or raw vegetables with dip is another nutritious option.

If serving as a salad, you can add sliced French bread or dinner rolls.  Or set out a bread basket filled with bread and muffins or sliced sweet breads.   

For a more elegant lunch or light book club supper, consider adding a cup of soup to any of the serving options. With dried cranberries and chopped apple, plus a fresh dressing that is part Greek yogurt, cranberry Chicken Salad is tasty and versatile.  Top a salad, fill a sandwich, stuff an avocado or more.

Cook with What You Have (or Like)

If you are out of apples, feel free to substitute a pear.  I use pears instead of apples in my Broccoli Waldorf Salad and always get compliments on the change!

Dried currants or raisins can be used instead of dried cranberries. 

Don’t like mustard or allergic to garlic?  Simply omit them from the dressing.    

No leftover chicken?  You can poach a couple chicken breasts pretty quickly.  And who’s expecting some leftover turkey this Thanksgiving! With dried cranberries and chopped apple, plus a fresh dressing that is part Greek yogurt, cranberry Chicken Salad is tasty and versatile.  Top a salad, fill a sandwich, stuff an avocado or more.

How long does this keep

The FDA suggests eating leftover poultry within 3-4 days and keeping it refrigerated   Of course if you are using leftover chicken to make Cranberry Chicken Salad, you will need to count the total time.  This means that if you made a Dutch Oven Whole Chicken Sunday night and used the leftovers for chicken salad on Tuesday, your 4 days starts Sunday and is up on Thursday night. 

But I’m pretty sure that finishing this up won’t be hard.  I had to stop my husband from eating it for breakfast! Okay, I wanted another photo or I’d have let him!

Can I freeze this?  Some of the ingredients may suffer from freezing, so that isn’t recommended.  If we won’t eat it quickly, I freeze the leftover chicken, then thaw it and make the salad when it’s more convenient.  Or I might make a half recipe now and freeze any extra chicken. 

And if some more tasty cranberry recipes sound good, keep reading!

With dried cranberries and chopped apple, plus a fresh dressing that is part Greek yogurt, cranberry Chicken Salad is tasty and versatile.  Top a salad, fill a sandwich, stuff an avocado or more.

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With dried cranberries and chopped apple, plus a fresh dressing that is part Greek yogurt, Cranberry Chicken Salad is tasty and versatile.  Top a salad, fill a sandwich, stuff an avocado or more.

Cranberry Chicken Salad

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

With dried cranberries and chopped apple, plus a fresh dressing that is part Greek yogurt, cranberry Chicken Salad is tasty and versatile.  Top a salad, fill a sandwich, stuff an avocado or more.

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 3 cups of cooked chicken cubes
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 1 medium apple, chopped

Dressing:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or enough to thin to mixable consistency)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, pepper (or to taste)
  • ½ t Dijon mustard
  • ½ t garlic powder

Instructions

Chop the chicken, fruit and vegetables as needed.

Mix together the dressing ingredients.

Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl, top with dressing and mix until well combined.

Serve immediately or refrigerate until needed.

7 thoughts on “Cranberry Chicken Salad

  1. David Scott Allen

    I totally agree with you about the chicken salads of our youth. They were so bland and interesting. This one is so bright in flavor and color, and might work well with leftover turkey, too!

  2. Kathleen Pope

    I am having some girlfriends over for a luncheon and I am making this delicious salad, love the textures and flavors!

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