Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Lately I am all about simple lunches. There is this little coffee shop by where I work, and the ladies there definitely inspired this dish. I popped in one day and saw a cran-walnut chicken salad on the menu, and a cup of it has been a reoccurring order whenever I go in. It’s something about the simplicity, yet that it is packed with the perfect sweet flavors and a nice hint of crunch and texture from the walnuts. A perfect mix of flavors, in my opinion!

I love using my crock-pot to make all-purpose shredded chicken (especially for meal prep), or just throwing together some simple baked chicken. Add that homemade DIY mayonnaise in the mix and create a delicious, quick and easy, satisfying lunch.Cranberry Walnut Chicken SaladCranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:25 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb.- 1.5 lb. organic boneless chicken breast
  • 1/3-1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise (more as desired, I like mine less mayo-y)
  • 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries (golden raisins or regular raisins would be good, too)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • Optional: 1/2 tbsp cinnamon

Directions

  • 1. Cook chicken by either the crock-pot, poaching, or baking (place chicken on a greased lined baking sheet, sprinkle with Himalayan sea salt, and bake until no longer pink but be careful not to overcook), note: you can even use rotisserie chicken
  • 2. While cooking, make homemade mayonnaise and store in fridge until ready to use
  • 3. Chop or shred chicken (based on desired cooking method) into small pieces
  • 4. Place chicken in bowl, add mayo, dried cranberries, walnuts, coconut sugar, and cinnamon and mix well to combine
  • 5. Taste and add more ingredients as desired
  • Recipe Notes

    1. Serving size depends on your use. This served two nicely for one meal and leftovers for lunch.
    2. Simply in a bowl
    3. On top of mixed greens or spinach
    4. Or wrapped in a lettuce leaf!
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