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Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Stir the seasonal flavors of Fall right into this yummy sandwich spread. Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad is a healthier version of chicken salad without sacrificing an iotta of flavor. The seasonal flavors included go together so perfectly, it tastes like it came from your favorite gourmet sandwich shop– not whipped up in minutes at home. One thing’s for sure, it’ll have you looking forward to lunchtime– even counting down the minutes and eyeing your lunch bag with envy.

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad sandwich cut in half to show the inside with more chicken salad in a wooden bowl shown in the background

By now if you haven’t already had it confirmed, you’ve probably figured out that meals around our house are no ordinary thing.

One day I might throw together a gourmet meal of banquet proportions. The next day it might be a 15 minute meal that only requires one pot to cook in.

Night number three? That might be the night I don’t feel like cooking anything or even looking at my kitchen. That night my guys fend for themselves.

Luckily, there’s almost always leftovers of some sort. And Chef Boyardee.

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Also because the husband has to brown bag it every day for work, there’s always a variety of lunch stuff’s on hand.

And because I try to keep some variety in the packed lunch game, there’s a bevy of sandwich fillers and spreads in the fridge. Lunch meats and nut butters aside, we love a good meat ‘salad’.

Ham, Tuna, Chicken– we love em all.

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad and leaf lettuce sandwiched between two fluffy slices of honey wheat bread on a green background

 What started as an effort to stretch them out, making them more filling while going farther, has gradually morphed into a running experiment with flavor and texture combinations– in sandwich form.

Like seriously, some of the stuff we comes up with tastes like I ordered it from my favorite sandwich shop. Take this sandwich for example– Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad.

It’s adds a little pizzazz into your day with each bite. It’s a great way to make any lunch break memorable.

It’s also easy to toss a container of to your hangry teen at dinner time, along with a loaf of bread when it’s there time to eat, but they don’t want to cook dinner either.

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad sandwich cut in half to show the inside with more chicken salad in a wooden bowl shown in the background

This creamy Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad is a healthier, lightened-up version that’s perfect for Fall.

Chunks of rotisserie chicken, toasted walnuts, and sweet dried cranberries are tossed together with a creamy dressing. Topped with a little lettuce and paired with soft, multi-grain bread it’s a lunch that will leave you savoring each flavorful bite.

You’ll love it so much you might even be sad when it’s all gone. Sad enough even to pack a second sandwich in your lunchbox the next day.

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad shown in a wooden bowl with sliced sandwich bread in the background


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Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

A lightened up chicken salad that embraces seasonal Fall flavors. It's quick & easy, but tastes like it came straight from your favorite gourmet sandwich shop.
4.38 from 35 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 158kcal


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt I prefer light sour cream or lowfat yogurt
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Heat a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add in the chopped nuts, stirring frequently, for 3-5 minutes, or until they're fragrant and lightly toasted. Watch carefully to avoid burning. Set them aside to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, parsley, and dill until smooth and evenly combined. Fold in the remaining ingredients until everything in the salad is evenly incorporated. Salt and pepper the chicken salad, to taste. Serve as is, or refrigerate until chilled through.
  • Serve this salad on sliced bread as a sandwich, with freshly sliced apples, or even on large lettuce leaves for low-carb wraps.


recipe adapted from Celebrating Sweets


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I love chicken salad!
    The crunch of the celery and onion with the creaminess of the dressing! Yum!
    I love that you use cranberries and not raisins!

  2. Wow! Now I feel like a pig (lol). I read your note late and it only made three servings for me. It was good though :).

    1. I mean, what’s a serving size reeeeaaaallllly? And who’s counting calories when it comes to something this yummy? This is a judgment free zone ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This turned out awesome! I added red grapes and hard boiled eggs. A little extra salt and was just amazing. Thank you for this great recipe

    1. Yummy! I’ll have to give your add-ins a try next time I make this for lunch. Thanks for the feedback, so happy you enjoyed it. Can’t wait to hear what else you find & love on our site ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I love the idea of serving it as sliders- it’d make it perfect party finger food too. I’ll have to give it a try next time adding in the eggs. Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. It makes about 6 large sandwiches for us, but I’ve stretched it to 8 before. The nutritional value listed in the recipe card is for a single serving of just the chicken salad itself, and doesn’t account for any bread or fixin’s.