Cranberry Chicken Salad

I love cranberries. And while I did not grow up eating them, I have learned to use these berries in a variety of ways from salads, side dishes to breakfast parfaits. Cranberries are delicious and nutritious and I was excited to make this Cranberry Chicken Salad inspired by USCranberries.com with their "Cranberry Chicken Salad on Flatbread" recipe. I recently learned that sweetened dried cranberries can be effective against urinary track infections just like cranberry juice is! For more information about this click here.

As a deli cook at a local market, I made my version of the US Cranberries Cranberry Chicken Salad for a weekly special and it sold out. That's the power of dried cranberries!

Cranberry Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 8 oz. grilled white chicken meat, diced
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • crackers of your choice, optional

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
  3. To Serve: Place one teaspoon of chicken salad on ritz crackers (or preferred crackers) and serve.

I ate this Cranberry Chicken Salad with ritz crackers and cheese. YUM!

Recipe adapted by the Cranberry Marketing Committee at uscranberries.com

Here's some more information on cranberries provided by the Cranberry Institute.

Tips: Four Tidbits about the Tiny, Tart Cranberry

  1. Cranberries naturally contain the flavonoid proanthocyanidins (PACs). The unique structure of the PACs found in cranberries offer properties that prevent bacteria from sticking to cell walls.
  2. The PACs in cranberries may help prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract, such as E. coli associated with urinary tract infections (UTIs).
  3. MyPlate suggests trying dried fruits, including dried cranberries, as a snack because they are easy-to-carry and store well. Perfectly portioned single-serve packs of dried cranberries are an easy grab-and-go snack!
  4. Cranberries are naturally fat-free, have little sodium and align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations.

Tricks: A Few Favorite Fall Ways to Use Cranberries

Add cranberries, in various forms, to some of your favorite recipes to boost fruit intake.

  • Use cranberry sauce as a spread on turkey sandwiches
  • Turn fresh or frozen cranberries into a cranberry relish
  • Top pancakes or waffles with whole berry cranberry sauce instead of butter or syrup
  • Mix fresh or frozen cranberries into store-bought or homemade applesauce
  • Add dried cranberries to oatmeal for added layers of sweet and tart flavor