This Chicken Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts recipe is a simple, light lunch idea that’s perfect for hot summer days!
It finally feels like summer in Michigan and boy is it hot hot hot! Not that I’m complaining because 90 degrees is just fine compared to sub-zero temperatures that will be here before we know it. And this summer is so much fun with E now being able to walk and run around with his older brother and sister. Simple and cheap entertainment like a sprinkler goes a long ways on hot summer days.
So of course I want to spend more time enjoying the weather and less time cooking. And obviously, on hot and humid days like today I avoid turning on my oven as much as possible and focus on making meals that are chilled, NOT cooked. If you have precooked chicken handy, this recipe comes together in 15 minutes. And as you can see I love the pairing of croissants and chicken salad, they just go well together. But of course you could eat this chicken salad with whole wheat bread, crackers, or by itself.
Dried fruit such as dried cranberries can easily be added to dishes for extra sweetness and nutrition. And you only need to eat a 1/4 cup of dried cranberries to equal one fruit serving. Also being so portable, dried cranberries are an easy grab and go snack to bring with you just about anywhere. And in case you’re wondering why dried cranberries have sugar added to them, it’s because cranberry products are naturally low in sugar and high in acidity so they need sugar to be added for taste. This is the case for other dried fruits as well like raisins or dried cherries.
This chicken salad is also lighter on calories than your typical chicken salad since it’s made with light mayonnaise. So whip up this recipe and enjoy the beautiful summer time!
Disclaimer: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from The Cranberry Institute. Opinions expressed here are my own.
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