Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dried Cherry Chicken Salad

This cold chicken salad is easy to prepare and features a variety of interesting textures. The crunch of the tart Granny Smith apples contrast nicely with the soft chewy dried cherries. It's a great warm weather dinner and is no cook, if you use leftover chicken breast to make it. I enjoyed this a lot when my mom made it for dinner during one of our visits to her house.
1 cup dried tart cherries
4 chicken breast halves, cooked & cubed
3 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
2 Granny Smith apples, coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped pecans
1-1/4 cups mayonnaise (I use light)
½ cup chopped parsley (optional)
1 Tbsp. raspberry vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix cherries, chicken, celery, apples and pecans in a large bowl. Combine the mayo, parsley and raspberry vinegar in a bowl. Add to chicken mixture and toss lightly to coat well. Season with salt and pepper. Chill for 2 hours or longer. Serve on a bed of red leaf lettuce. Goes well with croissants and the strawberry spinach salad I shared last week.


Shared At: Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Bedlam & Beauty, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace, and Tuesdays at the Table at All the Small Stuff.

11 Friends Said:

Anonymous said...

I love chicken salad. And this recipe looks wonderful. Thanks. I'm your newest follower.

Anonymous said...

Yummy! I love chicken salad making it for tomorows lunches!

Mommyof2girlz said...

Yummm! I am so picking up some dried cherries from Trader Joe's today, thanks for sharing sweetie!

Rebecca said...

MMMM, this looks so good!!

Tara said...

YUM! This reminded me of my favorite - Waldorf Salad though I know it is quite different w/ the chicken. Definitely going to bookmark this recipe.

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

i'll have to make this! yuuuum!

Whimsical Creations said...


Alex said...

ohh that looks yummy, tfs :) I will have to try it :)

Katie at A List Maker's Life said...

That salad looks so amazingly YUM to me! I might have to swap it in to this week's menu plan. Perfectly summery.

Christy said...

Yum! I had dried cherries in a chicken for the first time at Mackinaw Island this summer...and loved it! I can't wait to try your recipe!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Katie, you chicken salad looks wonderful!!! Thanks for the recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

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