Thanks so much to Chosen Foods for sponsoring this post and helping me create a new twist on classic chicken salad with their coconut oil mayo. This Ultimate Cherry Chicken Summer Salad is a light, fresh, delicious meal that is so easy to throw together!
Instead of the usual chicken salad sandwich, I switched it up and loaded lettuce cups with this flavorful cherry chicken salad. I absolutely cannot get enough of the cherries right now. They are so sweet! I decided to add them into the chicken salad. VERY good decision!
And I couldn’t forget my two favorite chicken salad add-ins – celery and apple. Toasted pecans would be great too, if you like that added crunch. These lettuce cups are seriously one of my favorite ways to enjoy chicken salad. They’re low in carbs, high in protein and perfect for a light, fresh lunch or weeknight dinner!
I didn’t have any leftover chicken on-hand, so I pan-fried about a pound of raw chicken tenders, but you could totally use a rotisserie chicken from the store making this salad completely no-cook and perfect for those warm summer days.
To combine all of the ingredients and give this salad a crazy good taste and the most perfect creaminess, I used Chosen Foods Coconut Oil Mayo. There are no worries about adding mayo to your chicken salad anymore – not when you’re using coconut oil mayo with clean ingredients.
A few great things about this mayo – It’s:
- A wholesome source of MCTs
- Non-GMO Project verified
- Soy & Canola free
- Made with cage-free, organic eggs
Chosen Foods is a San Diego based health food company that believes real food provides true nourishment. They specialize in healthy fats, plant based proteins and ancient superfoods and are committed to never using artificial flavors, preservatives or GMOs.
Coconut Oil Mayo is the 5th clean-label mayo in Chosen Foods’ condiment collection. Check out the rest here: Chosen Foods Healthy Mayos. The Harissa Avocado Oil Mayo is a personal favorite and out of this world for creating salad dressing!
You will love this chicken salad because it is easy, tasty, and the perfect balance of flavors. The crunch from the fruit, the creaminess of the mayo, and the savory chicken. All the ingredients are healthy, as well, making this salad extra awesome!
Chicken salad is one of those recipes that I sometimes forget about, then once I make it again, I wonder why I don’t add it to my menu every single week. It’s easy, healthy, and easily adaptable for whatever ingredients you have on hand.
This Ultimate Cherry Chicken Summer Salad has it all:
- The Creamy: Hello, coconut oil mayo.
- The Crunchy: Apple and celery.
- The Sweet: Cherries.
- The Juicy: Plump chunks of tender chicken.
This summer salad tastes even better a few hours after it’s made, making it perfect for parties. You can make a big bowl in the morning, then set it out at lunch, along with bread, crackers, lettuce leaves or croissants for guests to serve themselves. It’s my favorite thing to whip up for a day spent at the pool or the lake. It’s also equally fabulous for serving at baby or bridal showers.
I also love prepping a bowl of this salad for myself to eat for lunch throughout the week. I keep it in the fridge and enjoy it either on top of salad greens or piled high on lettuce leaves for fast, healthy lunches.
A light, fresh, delicious meal that is so easy to throw together!
- 2 1/2 cups (about 1 pound, 395g) diced or shredded cooked chicken breast
- 1 cup (149g) chopped fresh cherries
- 1/3 cup (about 1 stalk, 43g) diced celery
- 1 medium (159g) apple , diced
- 1 cup CHOSEN FOODS coconut oil mayo
- 3 teaspoons poppy seeds
- Salt & pepper , to taste, if needed
- Optional , for serving: bread, croissants, crackers, wraps, lettuce cups or large leaves.
Combine chicken, cherries, celery and apple in a medium to large mixing bowl.
Stir in CHOSEN FOODS coconut oil mayo and poppy seeds. Taste before adding salt and pepper. Add, if needed. Enjoy!!
Love chicken salad? Me too! Check out some of my other favorites!
Something to think about….
Are you a chicken salad lover too? What are your favorite chicken salad add-ins?
Have you tried CHOSEN FOODS Coconut Oil Mayo? Purchase it at select Kroger stores locations or order it online at chosenfoods.com. Use the discount code COCONUTBOGO to buy one, get one free!!