Feb 13, 2013

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad


I was going to fix lunch to share with my mother last week, and I wanted something kind of "ladies' luncheon-y". I decided to go with chicken salad on croissants.

We like a little sweetness to these kinds of salads. My grandmother used to put grapes in chicken salad and apples in tuna salad. In the chicken salad I prepared for my mom, I used cranberries. The sweet cranberries mixed with the crunch of pecans and celery were a delicious contrast to the salty creaminess of the mayonnaise. 


Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked, diced chicken
1 cup mayonnaise (I used Hellman's low fat)
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried, sweetened cranberries, such as Craisins
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients, mix well, and serve. If you have time, refrigerate for an hour to allow flavors to combine.


Orange Pecan Bread was the perfect addition to our lunch.




Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad may have been taken to some of these fun parties!

63 comments:

  1. Joy,
    This looks so tasty! I have a very similar one but haven't ever used cranberries and pecans which I LOVE. Can't wait to try this recipe :) Thanks for sharing.
    Michelle

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    1. Oh, thank you, Michelle! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! :)

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  2. Perfect! I could eat that for breakfast...right now :)

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    1. You know what? That actually sounds pretty good! ;) Thank you so much for coming by!! :)

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  3. I am going to try this with tuna for Lent.

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    1. Oh, that sounds like a good idea- thanks! :)

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  4. I love sweet and savory. I'm definitely going to make this along with the orange pecan bread -- sounds so delicious.

    Thanks for sharing this on Foodie Friends Friday.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

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    1. Joanne, thanks for stopping by! I always enjoy Foodie Friends Friday! :)

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    2. Hello again Joy, I just wanted to let you know that I chose this recipe as my host favorite this week.

      Stop by on Monday on the Daily Dish to see all the host favorites. You can pick up the host favorite badge for your post while there. The post goes live on Monday @ 9:00 a.m. PST and 12 noon EST.

      Thank you so much for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

      Please stop by to vote today for your favorite recipe.

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  5. This looks to DIE for. However, I might try swapping the mayo for Greek Yogurt...maybe. My muffin top can't handle more mayo right now!

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    1. Lisette, I haven't tried it with Greek Yogurt, but I do love Fage brand...it's very mild and might be delicious in this salad! Let us know if you try it! Thank you for stopping by! :)

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  6. What a lovely lunch to share with your Mom! I adore chicken salads with fruit and nuts and this one looks and sounds so tasty. I like Hellman's mayonnaise as well. Your Orange Pecan Bread is a wonderful accompaniment too. I'm going to pin this , and share it on my FB page too :)

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    1. Oh, April, how wonderful- thank you so much! I appreciate that you are sharing this- I will tell my mom that you liked our lunch! :)

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  7. Hi Joy,

    This looks very decadent and yum I must say....can I substitute the mayo and use yogurt? I must try it!

    Nice Blog...

    Stopping by from SITS.

    All the best,

    Jeanine

    A Fabulous Life in Jamaica

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    1. Jeanine, thank you for visiting from SITS! I haven't tried yogurt in this salad, but I don't see why Greek yogurt wouldn't work...please let me know if you try it! :) I look forward to visiting your blog!

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  8. Sounds delicious! I love chicken salad with fruit and nuts!

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    1. Jeni, thank you! And thanks for coming by! :)

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  9. I love the addition of the Cranberry to your Chicken Salad, it looks delicious, we will love it. Hope you are having a great Valentine Weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Miz Helen, I do appreciate the kind comments and the visit- thank you! :)

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  10. Looks delicious -- you can never have too many cranberries....

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    1. I think you are absolutely right! ;) And thank you for the visit! :)

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  11. JOY:
    What a delicious tasting sandwich. Who can't resist an croissant anyway? Thanks for sharing on foodie Friends Friday. Once again, your dishes are simply amazing.
    Your co host from Nosh My Way.

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    1. Marlene, thank you for the nice compliments- I do appreciate you coming by!! :) See you next week!

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  12. That has got to be one of the most beautiful Chicken Salads I have seen. I can not wait to make it

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    1. Oh, that is so nice, Pam- thank you very much! I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  13. This looks absolutely fabulous!!! Thank you so much for linking to Simple Supper Tuesday. Hope to see you again next week!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! And thank you for coming by! :)

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  14. This looks really tasty and easy! Stopping by from In and Out of the Kitchen.

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    1. Hi, Carrie- thank you so much! :)

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  15. I love chicken salad, and I LOVE that you put cranberries in it! YUM.

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    1. Aimee, thank you- I think I might eat anything with cranberries in it! :) Thanks so much for coming by!

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  16. I could eat chicken salad everyday!! I want some of this now!! LOL Had to pin this one, too! Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I will be trying this one soon.

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    1. Kathy, thank you so very much, and thank you for pinning! :) I always enjoy A Bouquet of Talent!

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  17. I am making this for lunch! Thanks for sharing with us at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays. :)

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    1. Hope you like it, Aubrey! I enjoy Fabulous Fridays! :)

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  18. Joy, this looks wonderful.. I am going to have to make this soon. Congratulations on Voted Top 3.

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    1. Marlys, thank you so much! I was pretty excited about the Top 3! :)

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  19. This chicken salad recipes sounds delicious. The photos are great too!

    Thank you for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen party. I look forward to seeing what you bring next week.

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia! I always look forward to In and Out of the Kitchen!

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    1. Thank you, Diana! And thanks so much for the visit! :)

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  21. Ooohhh! I love loading up my chicken salad. Sometimes there's so many fillings, you can hardly find the chicken...

    This looks beautiful!

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    1. Loretta, I think I may have left the chicken out of this batch completely! ;) Thank you so much for coming by!

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  22. Oh my... yum! I am sure this ism beyond delicious. Thanks so much for coming to party at Super Saturday Show & Tell :) I hope you'll come again next week. xoxo~ Ruthie

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    1. Ruthie, thank you! I'm so glad I found you and Super Saturday Show and tell! :) Thanks for the visit!

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  23. This looks amazing! It reminds me of this sandwich that I get at Starbucks that is so yummy.
    I would love if you would share this at my link party.
    http://www.realcoake.blogspot.com/2013/02/real-family-fun-2.html
    Take care,
    KC

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    1. K, I will check out your party- thank you for the invitation! :)

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    2. Thanks so much for linking up!
      KC

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  24. Mmmmm! Chicken salad one of my favorites!! This looks so good! Thanks for linking up at "Sweet & Savoury Sunday"! Hope you come next week :)

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    1. Lorraine, thank you so much for stopping by! I will definitely see you on Sunday! :)

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  25. I saw your cranberry pecan chicken salad featured at The Real Thing with the Coake Family this morning. Looks AMAZING! Thanks for sharing! Pinned ;) Congrats on the well deserved feature!

    Your Newest Email Subscriber,
    Brenda @ ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com
    ...would love to have you stop by for a visit at my blog sometime! Have a terrific day!! :)

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    1. Brenda, thank you SO very much! I would love to visit your blog- I will be right over! :)

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  26. Thanks so much for linking this recipe up! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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  27. I make this same chicken salad, but instead of plain mayo I mix 1 cup mayo, 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup orange juice. mix well and toss your chicken, craisins, celery and pecans. The best thing you will ever eat.

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  28. Thanks for linking up to Saturday Dishes at Call Me PMc ~Paula

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  29. Hi Joy! I found you through Family Food & Travel's 4/30 linky party. I've never made chicken salad with pecans but this sounds awesome - a must-try! Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Sherry @ WhoNeedsACape.com

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    1. Sherry, thanks so much for coming by! If you try the chicken salad, I hope you love it as much as we do! :)

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  30. Hi Joy! I was just thinking today how I am in the mood for a good chicken salad sandwich! I make mine very similar to yours, but I like grapes instead of the cranberries:) A croissant is a Must! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Lynn, my grandmother always made hers with grapes- I really like it that way. Now I want some with grapes in it! :) I think I know what's for lunch tomorrow! Thank you for coming by!

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  31. Delicious salad Joy, It is colorful too. cranberry pecan makes wonderful salad. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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  32. I love chicken salad. This looks really good with the cranberries. I pinned it! Thanks so much for stopping by Saturday Dishes and linking up.
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    www.recipesforourdailybread.com

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  33. I make my chicken salad sandwiches with craisins, too, and just love the nuggets of sweetness! My kids (2 & 4) love it too!
    Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes!

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