Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Embrace the perfect harmony of flavors and textures in this Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, dressed in a sweet and tangy Poppy Seed Dressing. This salad is a delightful blend of tender chicken, crunchy pecans, chewy cranberries, and the fresh zing of green onions, making it a wonderful choice for lunches, picnics, or light dinners. Follow this simple recipe to create a dish that’s as nutritious as it is delicious.


For the Dressing:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey, softened
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Salt, to taste

For the Salad:

  • 4 cups chicken breast, cooked and chopped (about 2 chicken breasts)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 4 green onions, chopped
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  1. Prepare the Poppy Seed Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, softened honey, Dijon mustard, and poppy seeds until smooth and well combined. Season with salt according to your taste preferences. Set aside.
  2. Assemble the Salad:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped cooked chicken breast, chopped pecans, dried cranberries, and chopped green onions. Toss gently to mix.
  3. Dress the Salad:
    • Pour the prepared Poppy Seed Dressing over the salad ingredients. Using a large spoon or salad tongs, toss the salad until everything is evenly coated with the dressing. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  4. Chill and Serve:
    • For the best flavor, cover and refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. This step is optional but recommended.
    • Serve the salad chilled, on its own or over a bed of mixed greens, as a refreshing and satisfying meal.

This Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing offers a delightful mix of flavors and textures, from the creamy dressing to the nutty crunch of pecans and the sweet pop of cranberries. It’s a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in various settings, whether you’re looking for a quick and healthy lunch option or a crowd-pleasing salad for your next gathering. Enjoy the rich taste and wholesome goodness of this easy-to-make salad.