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Walnut Chicken Salad for Recipe Friday

Earlier this week I had some leftover chicken from a whole chicken that I cooked on my Traeger (it was similar to Rosemary Garlic Chicken, except I used olive oil instead of butter because of my whole dairy-free diet thing). I decided I wanted to make a chicken salad with it, and I was going to use a roasted red pepper vinaigrette salad dressing so that it was dairy free. But then I looked at the ingredients on the Miracle Whip (Light) that was in my fridge and realized that it has egg but no other dairy products.

The resulting recipe was sort of a conglomeration of various chicken salads that I have had before, but was also based in part on what I had available in the fridge and cupboard. As shown in the picture I ate it with Rye Krisp crackers, but you could also serve it on bread as a sandwich or pile it in the middle of a green salad.

Walnut Chicken Salad


2 cups chopped chicken
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
⅓ cup chopped walnuts*
⅛ – ¼ cup Miracle Whip (regular or light)
⅛ tsp poppy seeds
⅛ tsp rosemary
Salt to taste


Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Serve with crackers, on slightly toasted bread, or on a green salad.

Note about the walnuts: I used honey glazed walnuts that I had in the cupboard. They are supposed to be salad toppers. They do add a little sweetness to the chicken salad, so if you only have plain walnuts you might need to add a small drizzle of honey to get the same sweetness.


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Chicken Salad for Recipe Friday

Friday night and Saturday I’m attending a Women’s Retreat at my church. It is going to be awesome! Because we are a Lutheran church, we had to include potluck in the mix somehow. So for dinner on Friday night we are having a salad potluck. Well, I like a little protein in my diet and so I decided I wanted to bring chicken salad. This recipe is inspired by two different chicken salad recipes that I have had before. One I first had in Minnesota, made by my husband’s cousin’s wife Kris. The other is a recipe sold at our local Whole Foods. But I took my favorite parts of both recipes, added in some ingredients I thought would be a good addition, and this chicken salad recipe is the result.

Chicken Salad


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked
2 small apples
2 stalks celery
2 cups sweet red grapes
¾ to 1 cup chopped pecans
¼ to ½ cup Light Miracle Whip
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp poppy seeds
Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken Salad before Miracle Whip


Chop chicken into small cubes. Remove any mushy spots from apples and chop into small pieces. Squeeze a small amount of lemon juice on the apples in a bowl to keep them from browning. Chop celery into small pieces. Wash grapes and cut each grape in half. Combine chicken, apples, celery, grapes, and pecans in a large bowl. Add poppy seeds, salt, and pepper and stir until well mixed. Add Miracle Whip and mix until coated. (I made this the night before for our Women’s Retreat, but didn’t add the Miracle Whip until the next morning. That’s why the picture is of the salad before the Miracle Whip.)

Note about chicken: I cooked my chicken breasts on my Traeger with just a little salt and pepper, but you can cook them any way that works for you. Boiling works very well, too. My local Safeway even has pre-cooked chicken breast in the deli that would work. Just make sure the chicken is cool before you chop it and mix it with the other ingredients. Also, you can add more chicken if you like your chicken salad with more meat.

Note about apples: I used pink lady apples, though if I had honey crisp I would have used those, but they aren’t in season yet. Any sweet, crisp apple will do.

Side note about spellcheck: When I hit the “Schedule” button, spellcheck told me I had an error. The only error noted by a red underline was the word “skinless” in the description of the chicken breast. When I clicked to see the correction, spellcheck suggested it was “sinless” chicken breast. I got a chuckle out of this, so I thought I’d share. I’m not sure how I would know if my chicken breast was sinless, so I left it “skinless.”


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