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
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.