Chicken Salad With Apples and Cranberries

Chicken Salad With Cranberries and Apples
Chicken Salad With Cranberries and Apples. Diana Rattray
    1,230 min
Ratings (15)

Diced apples, dried cranberries, celery, and a dash of curry powder add flavor to this chicken salad. The chopped pecans and walnuts in the salad add some crunch, but you can leave them out if you'd like.

Serve this well-seasoned chicken salad in sliced ciabatta or similar bread as a sandwich, or serve in lettuce leaves for a lighter luncheon. Light mayonnaise may be used in this salad.

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced apple
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or slivered almonds or pecans, toasted if desired,* optional
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon curry powder, or to taste, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • lettuce leaves

How to Make It

Combine the chicken, cranberries, celery, onion, apple, and walnuts, if using.

In a cup or small bowl combine 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise. the lemon juice, curry powder, if using, and salt and pepper.

Stir the mayonnaise mixture into the chicken, adding more mayonnaise as needed to moisten and to  taste.

Line bread or rolls with lettuce and spread chicken salad on the bread or serve the chicken salad on lettuce-lined plates.

Serves 4.

Tips and Variations

How to Toast Nuts - Put 1/4 cup of chopped pecans,walnuts, or slivered almonds in a dry skillet. Place the skillet over medium heat and cook, shaking the skillet and stirring and turning the nuts constantly, until they are lightly browned and aromatic. This should take about 3 to 4 minutes.

Instead of curry powder, consider adding a dash of Creole or Cajun seasoning to taste.

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