Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

by Krista on April 22, 2013 · 13 comments

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Happy Monday! So this weekend, I kinda had a “Pretty Woman” experience – minus the whole hooker thing. To set the stage, for Christmas this year my husband gave me a generous amount of money to spend on a new wardrobe. I haven’t had the chance to REALLY go shopping yet, despite my best intentions. Plus, I am kind of a fish out of water when it comes to fashion so I needed someone to guide me. Well, let me tell you, I got some clothes yesterday! :) My awesome friend, who majored in fashion and has a degree in “reading Vogue”, was my guide for the day and showed me how to shop.:) We had a blast!  {in fact so much so that we both had to buy flip flops to wear because we were shopping our little hearts and feet out}

The main takeaway I had of her “fashion wisdom” yesterday was: “Invest in the Classics – a couple pairs of good jeans, blazers, heals, flats, blouses – i.e. the essentials that you typically wear alot of. Then you can pair with a cheaper shirt or jewelry and dress it up or down depending on the trends for that season.” She’s so smart. :)

Ok, now, onto the recipe for today! Usually in the spring summer time I like to make Chicken Salad. It always sounds freshing and light to me, and paired with butter or boston lettuce it is awesome. This Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad has a little bit of tang from the mustard, freshness from the lemon, sweetness from the dried cranberries, and crunch from the pecans. It really is the perfect texture and flavor combination. You will love it! :)

To get started add 3 pre-cooked chicken breasts that are finely chopped to a bowl. {I poached my, but you cook also grill or bake your chicken}.


Next add, 1/2 cup of chopped pecans to the bowl.


Then 1/2 cup of dried cranberries.


Lastly add, 1/4 cup of mayo, 3 T. of stone ground mustard, the juice of 1 lemon, and 2 tsp. of dried basil.


Mix together and serve on a piece of butter lettuce.

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad #Craisins

These are super refreshing and really easy to make! Enjoy! :)

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad #Craisins

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Poultry & Pork, Salads, Sandwiches
Serves: 8-10
  • 3 pre-cooked chicken breasts, finely chopped
  • ½ cup pecans, finely chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 3 T. stone ground mustard
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  1. Add pre-cooked chicken breasts that are finely chopped to a bowl. {I poached my, but you cook also grill or bake your chicken}.
  2. Add pecans, dried cranberries, mayo, stone ground mustard, the juice of 1 lemon, and dried basil to bowl with chicken.
  3. Mix together and serve on a piece of butter lettuce.



{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Happy Valley Chow April 22, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Perfect summer salad, looks fantastic!

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow


Cindy Eikenberg April 22, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Krista, this sounds delicious and something awesome for me to make for lunch! I am addicted to cranberries, so I think it’s kind of perfect! Thanks for sharing and am pinning! Have a wonderful week.


Krista April 22, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Thanks Cindy! It is a great lunch sandwich, in fact I had it all last week. :) hehe. Hope you have a great week too!


Meghan @ The Tasty Fork April 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Yay for shopping!! You should post pictures of what you bought!

Chicken salad is one of my favorites! I love your spin on it. Yum!!


Krista April 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Yeah for shopping indeed! If I get the chance next time I will definitely take a picture of the loot… I see more of these shopping sprees in my future. :) Chicken salad is one of my favorites too… what do you put in yours?


Made From Pinterest April 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM

We think this salad looks amazing! Great photos. Makes me feel like it is time for lunch.


Krista April 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by! :)


Tonia@thegunnysack April 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Ohhh…what a great combination of flavors! I am trying to eat more salads to I am adding this to my list and pinning it so I can come back! Thanks for sharing at Time To Sparkle!


Krista April 25, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Awesome Tonia. Thanks for the pin love. Yeah, now is that time of year for “more salads” less bread. {at least for me it is..:)} Thanks for stopping by from Time to Sparkle!


Ruthie May 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Thanks so much for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week… I hope you’ll come back to party with me again tomorrow! Have a great night! xoxo~ Ruthie


Krista May 4, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Hey Ruthie! Absolutely, you throw a great party and I love your blog. Lots of helpful tips… plus its pretty to look at. :) hehe


Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling June 27, 2013 at 9:26 PM

I love different types of chicken salad….and this one sounds amazing! Pinning and following you on Bloglovin’ :)


Krista June 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Me too! Ok, I so was going into Bloglovin to make sure I was following you {thinking I was for sure because I love your blog} and apparently I am behind the game. So now I’m all caught up and won’t miss a post for sure. Thanks Cathy!


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