Chicken Salad with Grapes, Apple, and Pecans

by Erin

Chicken salad doesn’t have to be boring! Throw in some grapes, apples, pecans, and dry Ranch seasoning for all the flavor.

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For some reason chicken salad is never something I really want to take on a dance with my taste buds on a regular basis. Not that I don’t like the taste, it’s just not visually appealing. Guess it makes me think of tuna salad, and if you haven’t noticed from the minimal amount of seafood on my blog I don’t really enjoy it.

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But when my friend Brandi made a version of chicken salad with chopped up apples, grapes and nuts, it was both visually and texturally satisfying. I love the little bits of crunch that the apples and nuts and reminds me of Southern Chicken Salad or Waldorf chicken salad.

Serve wrapped in a flour tortilla, over lettuce of scoop it up with chips! I think this could also be delicious made with chickpeas if you are looking for a vegetarian option.

Post updated 8/28/19, picture above is the original.


Serves 8


2 cups plain Greek yogurt

1 pkg powdered ranch dressing

1 tsp celery salt

1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed from bones and shredded, approximately 4 cups (could also use drained chickpeas)

1-1/2 cups purple grapes, quartered

1 apple, diced (I used Gala)

1 cup pecans, chopped

1/2 cup sunflower seeds


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, powdered ranch dressing, and celery salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, grapes, apples, pecans and sunflower seeds. Stir in the yogurt mixture until evenly distributed.
  3. Serve however you enjoy eating chicken salad. I prefer wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with fresh baby spinach leaves and a side of chips.

Source: Adapted from my friend Brandi

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Lydia September 15, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Hello Erin!
Thank you so much again for being a blogger of the day on our site! We are currently hosting a recipe competition in search of the best apple dish. This recipe would be a great contender! The contest ends 10/10/2013. If you are interested in competing, visit our site to share your favorite apple recipe for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD!

Brandi September 21, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Erin! I came to your site tonight to print off recipes for my grocery list and came across this one :) Thanks for making my recipe semi-famous.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 5, 2012 - 2:18 am

If I could have this for dinner tonight I’d be in heaven. That looks terrific!

Lynna September 4, 2012 - 8:58 pm

I love apples in chicken salad. Saving the recipe! THANKS!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 4, 2012 - 5:16 pm

I love chicken salad! It’s one of my favorites! Your wrap looks super yummy!!

kita September 4, 2012 - 4:58 pm

It wasnt until I had apples and pecans and other crunchy awesomness in my chicken salad that I learned to love it. Until then it was an overly mayo packed mess. But now its amazing!

Alex September 4, 2012 - 11:58 am

Wow what a refreshing use of tortillas. Loved the suggestion.


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