Chicken salad doesn’t have to be boring! Throw in some grapes, apples, pecans, and dry Ranch seasoning for all the flavor.
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.
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 a Waldorf chicken salad. It could also be made with chickpeas if you are looking for a vegetarian option.
Post updated 8/28/19, picture above is the original.
CHICKEN SALAD WITH GRAPES, APPLE, AND PECANS
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
- In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, powdered ranch dressing, and celery salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, grapes, apples, pecans and sunflower seeds. Stir in the yogurt mixture until evenly distributed.
- 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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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.
If I could have this for dinner tonight I’d be in heaven. That looks terrific!
I love apples in chicken salad. Saving the recipe! THANKS!
I love chicken salad! It’s one of my favorites! Your wrap looks super yummy!!
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!
Wow what a refreshing use of tortillas. Loved the suggestion.