Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad – Delicious chicken salad featuring a combination of dried cherries, walnuts and baby spinach tossed with a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing.
Fresh baby spinach topped with chicken, dried cherries, gorgonzola cheese and walnuts. A tasty salad that’s quick and easy to make.
This week! Oh my gosh!
Yesterday my 5-year old, Ana, came home from school in TEARS becaaaaaaaause…. she doesn’t have blonde hair and blue eyes. She’s FIVE! Ugh. Didn’t think it would start this soon.
THEN, a reader told me that she almost burned down the house while making one of my recipes. EEEK!
And THEN!! I got an email that said I had 20 million dollars waiting for me at a bank in Nigeria. I almost believed it.
I just need to regroup. Friday should be here any day now.
Oh look, it’s 2 weeks before Christmas and we’re eating a salad! I’m just looking out for you. If we eat a salad today, we can double up on the ham on Christmas Day. Or hit up the cookie tray and double fist.
But, Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad. Welcome to the truest love of all. It all started one Christmas Day, when a relative brought a creamy chicken salad studded with dried cherries and walnuts.
I took a bite…and another…and another. I didn’t like it.
I mean, the salad was in the middle of an identity crisis. Am I a dessert? Am I a starter? Am I savory or am I sweet?! OH, the pain!
I’m not implying that YOUR creamy chicken salad ain’t good… I’m sure it is. But mine is a tad bit healthier. Popeye approved.
This beautiful salad is an easy lunch. I often send it to work with my other half. I throw in a few of Star’s Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar Single-Serving Packs and he’s ready to go.
But, it’s an easy lunch that also serves as dinner! He just gets the leftovers to-go.
In looking for a word to describe this, I’m going to settle with delicious texture.
I’d like to suggest to totally make it your own by swapping out whatever ingredients you got, however, make sure that at some point or another, you try it AS IS.
- 4 chicken breasts (about 1-pound) grilled/cooked and cut into cubes
- 1 bag (10 ounces) baby spinach
- 1 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 1 bag (5 ounces) dried cherries (When in season, you can also use fresh chopped cherries)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- pinch of kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Place spinach in a large salad bowl.
Top with chicken, cheese, cherries and walnuts.
Add oil and vinegar; toss to combine.