Cranberry Chicken Salad

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Does anyone else face a serious internal struggle every single time you look at a restaurant menu? MAN, I sure do. It’s never, ever, (everrrr) easy. I can spend a year with a menu, and still be unsure of what I want to order. So lunch menus have a special place in my heart, because often times you can pick TWO things… (phew). It doesn’t make things easy, but it helps, and the sandwich/salad combo is my fav.

There’s this lunch place near my work that has the BEST cranberry chicken salad, and I’ve finally managed to get a great copycat recipe down pat! I love whipping it up with a fancy shmancy salad, like this Wild Greens and Quinoa salad, which features seven superfoods: kale, beet greens, julienned broccoli, carrots, red cabbage, quinoa and almonds complete with an avocado herb dressing to make a hearty, healthy salad anyone is sure to love 😉

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…I can’t take credit for the salad though. That is allllll Eat Smart’s doing. I’m just indulging in their Eat Smart Gourmet Vegetable Salad Kits for National Nutrition Month, (which, you guessed it, is March!) Eat Smart products are a conveniently delicious way to eat healthy every day. I’ve actually had the pleasure of enjoying all seven varieties that they have:

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I honestly feel like a gourmet chef when we eat these things. (And no need for the hubs to know that it all comes from a handy-dandy kit…)

PSSTTT! Like Eat Smart on Facebook! They have tons of great posts for healthy eating tips & recipes : ) While you’re at it, sign up for the e-blast at the bottom of their website. Who can’t afford a few extra tips & tricks on eating healthy?

Cranberry Chicken Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast - cooked and shredded*
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup sliced toasted almonds
  • ½ cup finely diced celery
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup bleu cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Bleu Cheese Crumbles to top with (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and allow to chill for a minimum of 30 minutes prior to serving. Terrific in a sandwich, wrap, or over salad!
Notes
*The chicken can be baked in the oven, grilled, or poached. You can also use already cooked rotisserie chicken.

Recipe Adapted from WonkyWonderful.com 

Wild-Greens-and-Quinoa-SaladI was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.