Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cherry Almond Chicken Salad!

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that chicken salad shows up every now and then (because I love it). Well, it's back in a new way, with the sweetness of chopped dried cherries and the healthy crunch of slivered almonds. And oh, what a delicious sandwich it makes! Or, pile it up in the middle of a wedged tomato, or eat it with a fork right out of the bowl (guilty!).

The recipe is simple-as-pie, and without further adieu, here it is, because I am sure you would much rather make it than read about it!


8 oz. cooked chicken breast, cooled and finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion (likeVidalia)
2 tablespoons slivered almonds, chopped a bit
2 tablespoons celery, finely diced
2 tablespoons dried cherries or cherry-flavored dried cranberries, finely chopped
a couple grinds of black pepper
enough mayonnaise to hold it all together

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except mayonnaise. Stir in mayo, a tablespoon or two at a time, until it's the way you like it. (Mayonnaise is a personal thing - I like just enough to hold it together).  There you go!

Toast some nice, whole-grain bread, slice a ripe tomato, and tear off some pretty lettuce leaves, and you have the makings for an amazing sandwich!

This was my lunch... the sandwich was my dinner! I LOVE this stuff!

And for no reason, thought you might like to see one of my baby tomatoes, happily growing among the petunias!

Gettin' along!
Just after I snapped this photo, a Hummingbird came to visit the pink petunias!

And before I go, I'll tell you something, I miss my boys! Katie and Bill took the boys to Mystic, CT (or as Henry says "Neticut") for a mini-vacation visiting friends. They're doing the whole seaport thing, and I am sure they're having a great time, long overdue, and well-deserved. As I was leaving my house this morning, I realized that there were yogurt hand prints on my French door leading to the staircase, and I just don't have the heart to wipe that away until I see those boys again. How crazy is that? I just love looking at those tiny handprints and they're going to stay until I see those little guys when they come home!

Henry (left) and Peter (right)... Missing them more than my luggage!!!

Have a great weekend, my friends!


  1. I make chicken salad with grapes and walnuts on croissants .I need a change thanks for posting the combo sounds yummy .Sharron Eddy Cataldo

    1. I make it just that way too, Sharron, almost every time. I had slivered almonds and thought, why not, and what goes better with almonds than cherries? This is how most of my recipes come to be!

  2. /http: Sue ValentiJune 29, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    This sounds or so delicious, and I love cherries -- this time of year I eat them until I get sick when I guy the fresh ones. thanks for sharing this delicious recipe -- I already have the chicken poached for tomorrow's chicken salad lunch!

    1. Sue, your chocolate covered cherry cookies would be great for dessert! So glad to see your comment, bff!

  3. I too love chicken salad and with the variety of ways to make it, you never grow tired of it. Will try this version soon. Have enjoyed reading your blog and glad I finally signed on. Peggy Hakemian

    1. Peggy - welcome and thank you so much for your comment! So glad you enjoy the blog, and I know you will enjoy this version of chicken salad. Let me know what you think when you do make it. Thanks, Peggy!