Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad

Fresh cherries and cilantro add a fun twist to this Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad.  Serve it with Pillsbury crescent rolls for a lunch option or a light dinner meal.

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad - easy chicken salad made with fresh cherries, walnuts, and cilantro

 A few years ago, I tried this great chicken salad recipe.  It was the first time I had fruit in a chicken salad sandwich, and I have to admit I was a little bit skeptical at first.  After all I had been eating chicken salad the same way for years.  Why would you put anything but pickles and eggs in chicken salad?  But after one bite, I was completely hooked.  In fact, this is my favorite way to eat leftover chicken now.  

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad - easy chicken salad made with fresh cherries, walnuts, and cilantro
The other day I made Chicken Enchiladas and only used half the roasted chicken.  The very first thing I thought of was making chicken salad with the leftover chicken.  I was talking with my husband and asking him what he wanted in his salad and if he wanted our favorite one or something different.

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad - easy chicken salad made with fresh cherries, walnuts, and cilantro

He got a bright look in his eye and asked if I thought fresh cherries would be good in it.  See? I told you most of the good dinner ideas usually start with him.

So fresh cherries it was.  And then to change up a few other ingredients in the salad, we chose walnuts and cilantro.

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad - easy chicken salad made with fresh cherries, walnuts, and cilantro

The flavors from the fresh cherries and the crunch of the walnuts added such a great flavor when mixed in with the chicken and cilantro.  You can also change it up some more and use yogurt and light mayo, if you wanted to cut some more calories out of this meal.

There are so many ways you can enjoy this salad.  Try it on a crusty french roll, wheat bread, on top of a salad, or on crescent rolls.  There isn’t a wrong way to eat this salad, so pick your favorite way and go with it.

I may have just finished off the rest of ours with a fork.

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad - easy chicken salad made with fresh cherries, walnuts, and cilantro

 

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Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 cups

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad

Easy chicken salad with a twist using fresh cherries and walnuts.

Ingredients

3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 celery stalks, diced
2 cups pitted and cut in half fresh cherries
3/4 cup packed cilantro, diced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped green onions
salt and pepper
crescent rolls (I use Pillsbury)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight to let the flavors deepen.
  2. Serve on crescent rolls or bread. Makes about 6 cups of chicken salad
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/07/cherry-walnut-chicken-salad/

Here are a few other chicken recipes that we enjoy:

Chicken Enchiladas 5-1

Chicken Enchiladas

BLT Chicken Braid 6

BLT Chicken Braid

Spinach Artichoke Chicken Biscuits 8
Spinach Artichoke Chicken Biscuits

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Comments

  1. says

    Hmmm… I love chicken salad. I never thought to use cherries before. I have used cranberries and grapes, but I think cherries will be great. Maybe its because I am from MIchigan but this seems like a very “Michigan” chicken salad. Cant wait to try it :)

  2. Nicole says

    I usually make something very similar to this with either dried cherries or craisins, but I will have to try making chicken salad with fresh cherries! Thanks for the inspiration!

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