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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few other chicken recipes that we enjoy: