Walnut Cranberry Chicken Salad

This walnut cranberry chicken salad, with tender chicken breast, crunchy walnuts and tangy cranberries is great on its own or in a sandwich. Perfect for picnics and brown bag lunches!

This walnut cranberry chicken salad, with tender chicken breast, crunch walnuts and tangy cranberries is great on its own or in a sandwich.

There are so many compatibility questions to work out at the beginning of a promising relationship, aren’t there? Do you both want kids… Are your career goals aligned… Will you live in the city or the suburbs… Can you tolerate each others’ friends?

Here’s another one you don’t always think about: Do you travel well together?

On our first vacation after we started dating, my husband and I went on a road trip around New England. I was sooooo excited because road trips are my very favorite kind of holiday. For me, it’s all about getting in the car, taking the scenic route, getting out where the mood strikes, and doing whatever you feel like in that moment. So needless to say, the weeks before we left were tense as Phil planned every stop, every activity, and every meal.

I took control in little ways, where I could. One way was to make us sandwiches for the drive. I made my beloved Waldorf chicken salad sandwiches and we hit the road. After we crossed the American border, I gave Phil his sandwich but, lo and behold, his reaction was not what I expected. Instead of the anticipated delight at finding the tart, crunchy pieces of apple in his sandwich, he asked why I had to ruin a perfectly good sandwich by putting fruit in it. I ate the rest of them by myself.

This walnut cranberry chicken salad, with tender chicken breast, crunch walnuts and tangy cranberries is great on its own or in a sandwich.

I won’t pretend that vacation planning over the last 10 years has always been smooth-sailing, but I will say that we have both come a long way in learning to compromise and accept each others’ travel styles. As for chicken salad sandwiches, it was years before I made them again, but it turns out compromise was possible there too. This walnut cranberry chicken salad recipe makes us both happy. Cranberries satisfy my preference for a sweet and tart element without offending Phil’s… narrower(?) concept of chicken salad. Walnut cranberry chicken salad FTW!

This cranberry walnut chicken salad is great on its own or in a sandwich. The cranberries provide a tangy contrast to the creamy dressing, and the walnuts add a welcome crunch.
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Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

This cranberry walnut chicken salad is great on its own or in a sandwich. The cranberries provide a tangy contrast to the creamy dressing, and the walnuts add a welcome crunch.
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 716 kcal
Author Ann

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (about 1 3/4 lb) chopped, cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup (100 grams) chopped walnuts
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsely, tarragon, basil or whatever you like
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, herbs, salt and pepper.
  2. Add chicken, walnuts, celery, shallot and cranberries and toss until well coated.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from Cranberry-Walnut Chicken Salad found on Smitten Kitchen, who adapted it from Gourmet.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 716 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g 78%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 713mg 30%
Potassium 733mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 21g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 5.7%
Vitamin C 6.2%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 10.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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