Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

I love the cranberry walnut combination. This week I have made cranberry walnut granola with yogurt and blackberries, salad with cranberry, walnut and Gorgonzola, and in the mornings I top my cereal with cranberries and walnuts. I then had a craving for chicken salad, so I threw in more cranberries and walnuts. I went all out with my chicken salad by brining the chicken breast to make sure it was nice and moist. Next time I might use a little less mayonnaise. I was really in the mood for a creamy deli-style chicken salad, but it probably was not the best decision health wise. Brent and I enjoyed this chicken salad both in a wrap, and on its own. It has a great variation of textures and flavors, and has become a Lowry lunch favorite.

4 cups cubed roasted chicken (between 1.5 and 2 pounds)
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 cup celery, diced
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Mix well.

Adapted (barely) from Smitten Kitchen.