Chicken salad is another one of those foods I didn’t grow up eating. My mother hates mayonnaise to the point of nausea. So any kind of mayonnaisey “salad” was out of the question-no tuna salad, no egg salad, are there more? Chicken salad was something mrChaos introduced me to because it was a common sandwich filling at his house growing up. It is ok and occasionally I make it and we eat it and then I don’t make it for awhile. On the other hand, I do make and take to work with me actual salad (like, with lettuce and stuff) every week. I love the combination of bits of creamy, salty cheese, pecans, crunchy sour green apple slices and chewy sweet sour cranberries tossed with a tangy vinaigrette, like this.
So when I saw Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad on one of my favorite blogs, I knew I would love the combination. And I do, very much. It is slightly sweet and nutty, with a crunch from the celery and shallot. There is just enough mayonnaise to hold it together, mixed with some red wine vinegar for some tang. I currently can’t get enough of this stuff!
Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts (or Pecans)makes 4-6 servings, prep 10 min, adapted from une-deux senses and smitten kitchen
- 3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
- 1 cup toasted walnuts or pecans, chopped
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 small shallot or yellow onion, diced (if you use onion you might want to add a bit of garlic)
- 1-2 ribs celery, diced
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine the ingredients in a large bowl, to your taste.
- Chill before serving.
I love this in a sandwich on some toasted wheat and nut bread, it is absolutely delicious. I actually like to eat a sandwich for breakfast and it keeps me full and gives me plenty of energy to get going for the day.
- 1 lb all-natural chicken breasts: $3.99
- 1 cup nuts: $1.69
- 1 cup cranberries: $1.25
- 1-2 stalks organic celery: $0.16
- 1 shallot: $0.24
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise: $0.90
- Total cost for 4 servings: $8.23 or $2.06 per serving