You could use Cranberries in this salad, but I wouldn’t. Nothing against the berry of Cran or anything. I just think dried cherries give this Chicken Salad that perfect sweetness with just the right amount of tart. I use dried cherries in everything, cookies, granola, chili, pork roast, you name it. I’m partial to the dried Cherries from The Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, Michigan, , they are super easy to order online. They put together great gift boxes too! See you thought I was all about strawberries, but I heart cherries too!
Boil 5-6 chicken breast or combo of breast and thighs. I personally like dark meat. It’s moister, more flavorful, and is less expensive. Boil meat and cut into small cubes, you will need approximately 6 cups. Add this into your bowl with celery and onions. Note: You could boil your chicken the night before, put it in a container, in the refrigerator, to cool and then chop it up the next day to make your salad.
Mouthwatering, dried cherries….I should tell you too, that dried cherries are bigger and plumper than cranberries, they add the perfect chewy texture to any salad. You will need 1 cup of dried cherries for Cherry Chicken Salad.
Until it looks nice and smooth, taste…does it need more salt, or a shake of pepper. Feel free to make it your own. If I have fresh dill I sometimes add a tablespoon. Pour every last drop of this over your chopped ingredients, and fold it all together.
I like to add toasted nuts to add yet another texture to this salad. Crunchy celery and onion, sweet chew of the cherry, and the nuts add a toasty crunch! I happened to have almonds handy, you could use pecans, or walnuts as well. Spread 3/4 cup nuts on a baking sheet slide into a 350 degree oven for 3 minutes. Watch nuts closely, they go from toasty to burnt quickly. Sing a song do a dance in front of your oven, or you could just set the timer…that would be a good idea too!
BY THE WAY: The Cherry Republic has no idea who I am neither does Morton’s. I just love them and use them and wanted to share them with you!