Healthy Cranberry Chicken Salad

Ready in 35 minutes
4.7 avg, 10 review(s) 100% would make again

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Chicken salad with almonds for crunch and cranberries for tang! Great atop spring greens or chopped lettuce or make into a sandwich using your favorite kind of bread! I serve it sometimes at parties with crackers as a dip. Using part light yogurt with lite mayonnaise makes it healthy.

"I loved this salad! I added walnuts, pistachio nuts, and dried cherries as well which were delicious! I opted out of adding the ranch dressing mix and added cranberry sauce instead of dried cranberries and it was very good!"

- katielekas

Ingredients

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4 skinless boneless chicken breasts; baked or grilled
2 cans boneless white chicken; if making dip
1/2 package sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 stalks Celery; diced
1 package ranch dressing seasoning
1/4 cups light mayonnaise
1/4 cups light plain yogurt; Greek is best
2 stalks green onions
1/4 OR red onion; diced - optional

Original recipe makes 6

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Preparation

Cook the chicken ahead of time, do not season, cut into 1/2 inch squares. (I bake in oven 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked, or grill on George Foreman grill.) Dice the celery and onions (if using), set aside. Add 1/2 bag of almonds at first, then add more if desired - check your local grocery store in the vegetable section for almonds packaged for salads. (You can omit this if allergic to nuts.); add cranberries, then sprinkle ranch dressing atop everything. Add the mayonnaise and yogurt a little at a time and mix to desired moistness and consistency, add more if desired. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the seasoning to meld into the rest of the ingredients. Serve as a salad atop lettuce or spring mix; on bread or roll, or if using canned chicken, serve as a dip. It's easier to spread the dip if using canned chicken - serve with crackers. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. I normally do not use the onion because it keeps longer in refrigerator.

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The 'sauce' was superb. I used dome on a sandwich later!
SweetnSpicyJ 1 month ago
Very tasty and so easy to make!!
Valerie411 9 months ago
Used regular mayo and greek yougert still awesome. My picky eater even liked this
macchicks 10 months ago
This was great! Added apples.
Ssuitepea 11 month ago
I loved this salad! I added walnuts, pistachio nuts, and dried cherries as well which were delicious! I opted out of adding the ranch dressing mix and added cranberry sauce instead of dried cranberries and it was very good!
katielekas 1 year ago
This is delicious. I cut the celery in half though and it was amazing. It's a nice twist to chicken salad. Yummy cranberries!
Allycat413fishie 1 year ago
Best chicken salad I ever had! Taste is soo perfect! I used mine in a pita pocket and on lettuce, both delicious :)
lovelelemama 2 years ago
was really good, wanted to have some for lunch but my family ate it all!
boeingbrat 3 years ago
This recipe is delicious. I served this at a party and everyone enjoyed it. FYI...I believe 'package' of ranch seasoning means 8 oz. I used red onions and no almonds.
Dariengirl 4 years ago
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EvePal1 4 years ago
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