Get ready to elevate your salad game with this delightful Cranberry and Pecan Chicken Salad.
Bursting with vibrant colors and a harmonious blend of sweet and savory flavors, this recipe is perfect for a light and satisfying meal.
Let’s dive into the delicious details!
For the Salad:
- 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
- 1 cup celery, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
For the Dressing:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
1: Prepare the Chicken
Cook the chicken breasts until fully cooked.
You can grill, bake, or poach them according to your preference.
Once cooked, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
2: Toast the Pecans
In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the pecans until fragrant and lightly browned.
Be sure to stir frequently to prevent burning.
Once toasted, let them cool before roughly chopping.
3: Assemble the Salad
In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, chopped celery, diced red onion, and fresh parsley.
Toss the ingredients until well combined, creating a colorful and flavorful base for your salad.
4: Prepare the Dressing
In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
This creamy dressing adds a delightful tangy sweetness to the salad.
5: Combine and Toss
Pour the dressing over the chicken and cranberry mixture.
Gently toss the salad until all the ingredients are evenly coated with the creamy dressing.
Ensure that every bite is infused with the delicious flavors of the dressing.
6: Chill and Serve
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
This step enhances the taste and texture of the salad.
When ready to serve, give it a final toss and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
7: Garnish and Enjoy
Before serving, garnish the Cranberry and Pecan Chicken Salad with additional chopped parsley for a fresh touch.
Serve it over a bed of crisp lettuce, in a sandwich, or wrap it in a tortilla – the choice is yours!
There you have it – a Cranberry and Pecan Chicken Salad that’s as easy to make as it is delicious.
This recipe strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savory, making it a crowd-pleaser for any occasion.
Enjoy the burst of flavors in every bite!