Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fruit and Walnut Chicken Salad

This is the staple for lunches in our house. We tend to buy a ton of chicken when it goes on sale and then boil it up and make chicken salad for an army. Not really an army, just enough to bring to lunch, a lot.

I think everyone has a generic chicken salad, egg salad, and tuna salad (yuck) recipe, but I feel that this one gets better every time I make it. You can vary the recipe by putting whatever fruit, nut, or dressing you like. Sorry for the lack of pictures, all I had on me was my iPhone!

Fruit and Walnut Chicken Salad

4 cups chicken, cooked and cubed (or turkey)
1 cup walnuts (or pecans, almonds...)
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced fruit (apples, grapes, cranberries, raisins...)
2/3 cup mayonnaise 
3 tbsp creamy vinaigrette
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients, except diced fruit, until well combined. Next add in fruit and stir gently as to not crush fruit, especially when using grapes. Serve over a bed of spring lettuce, in a pita, on toast, on a bun, or just eat it with a fork! 

Off topic, to all you food bloggers, do you ever struggle with deciding what to make? 

I have a list in my head, on my google reader, in my email, and on a pad of paper at my desk of all the things that I want to make and blog about. I am so excited about everything that I have a hard time deciding what to make next, so I am thinking of starting a top 100 list. That way I can start crossing items off my checklist. Do any of you have a mental checklist of things you want to accomplish? I would love to hear what's on them and your plan of attack!


  1. Yum! I love chicken salad scooped up with a Triscuit or Wheat Thin :)

  2. Sounds so good...love putting fruit with this type of salad:)

  3. Debbie, this does look good. My family has been pretty emphatic about no fruits or nuts in their chicken salad though, unfortunately. I think it would be excellent. Regarding your question, I have it a bit easier because I blog through specific magazines so I just page through the tabbed recipes and choose which I want (and/or have the supplies for at the time. That being said, on my desk in front of me are a half dozen printed recipes from various sources (including your Lemon Limoncello Bars) that I'd really like to "get around" to making sometime. I'm sure I speak for all cooking lovers when I say that i could make a different dish 3 times a day for the rest of my life and never get through all that I have saved around the house. Cheers (and good luck!)

  4. This looks wonderful! I love the recipe! YUM!

  5. looks tasty! fruit in a chicken salad is the only way to go, and you're right, it makes for a fun versatile lunch dish. great post!

  6. This is great! I love simple but super versatile recipes like this one.. and I have a secret love for egg salad! :P

  7. This is the first time that I have ever followed a blog! I just had to let you know that I made this delicious chicken salad for my husband and two children. I followed your recipe to the "T". I served it on french bread as a sandwich. My husband loved it. As for my 4 year old little girl and my 5 year old little boy, they loved it. They were begging me for the chicken salad for breakfast the next morning! Awesome job! I just love your recipes!

  8. I love this salad!! Thanks for sharing.


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