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Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad

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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.

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad | www.diethood.com | 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.

Hi-Ya, friends!!

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.

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad | www.diethood.com | Delicious chicken salad featuring a combination of dried cherries, walnuts and baby spinach tossed with a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing.

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.

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad | www.diethood.com | Delicious chicken salad featuring a combination of dried cherries, walnuts and baby spinach tossed with a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing.

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.

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad | www.diethood.com | Delicious chicken salad featuring a combination of dried cherries, walnuts and baby spinach tossed with a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing.

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.

ENJOY!

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Delicious chicken salad featuring a combination of dried cherries, walnuts and baby spinach tossed with a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing.
Course: Appetizer / Lunch / Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry salad, chicken salad, salad recipes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 504 kcal
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Place spinach in a large salad bowl.
  2. Top with chicken, cheese, cherries and walnuts.
  3. Add oil and vinegar; toss to combine.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 12

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 504 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 461mg 19%
Potassium 704mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 19g
Protein 39g 78%
Vitamin A 4.1%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 13%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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31 Responses
  1. Nina Lovelace

    Made this last night for dinner and it was delicious!! My son is allergy to nuts, any recommendations for a substitute that gives it that crunch?

  2. Kathy Polivka

    I can never never print out a recipe on Pinterest and it is so irritating. Please tell me how to do it. I logged in but that did not help.

    1. Hi Kathy! I don’t think there’s a way to print out a recipe via Pinterest. You have to click on the Pin which will then bring you to the website where the recipe is located. Once you locate the recipe, you should find a button near the recipe that says “Print”. If you scroll down to the recipe on my website, the “PRINT” button is found under the picture that is located within the recipe box. Please see the image. If you need anything else, just let me know. Thank YOU! Recipe Box

      1. Kathy Lauer

        Thank you so much, I’m new to this and I’m having a hard time trying to find things out…where to go, how to get the recipes! but I really think I will love this salad !

    2. Ellen

      Either you can copy and paste it to your word processing program (Pages on a Mac, or Word on a PC), or you can download Yumprint. It’s terrific – it’s for saving recipes all in one place. I love it. Give it a try. Very easy to save your recipes and organize them. You can go back to them whenever, and not try to remember where you saved it. You can print easily from there also.

  3. Oh no!!! My daughter was 3 1/2 when in tears she asked why she didn’t have beautiful straight hair like her best friend. In preschool!! Preschool!! I thought I had time too! Good thing is she grew out of it. Anyway, this salad is super killer. The textures. Yum.

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