Pistachio Cherry Chicken Salad
Chicken salads are just perfect, whether it is a picnic in the park or an easy prepped lunch for a busy week ahead. Pistachios pair so well with cherries so we thought why not create an inventive spin on a traditional dish? This salad is a delightful balance between sweet and savory. The dried cherries create a sweet and tart dynamic while the shallots add flavor and a crunch over using traditional celery. We know you’ll enjoy this chicken salad with a twist!
- 1 pound cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
- 1/3 cup shelled pistachios, crushed
- 1/3 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup light mayo
- 1/2 of a large shallot, finely chopped
- Lettuce cups
- Salt and Pepper
Start by cooking your chicken breasts. We like to poach them as a healthier way to prep the meat since it is going to be coated in mayonnaise a bit later in the recipe. Chill the chicken and then cut in into small cubes. Place the nuts into a Ziploc bag and smack it with a mallet briefly to lightly crush the pistachios. In a mixing bowl, add the cubed chicken, pistachios, cherries, mayo, shallots, and salt and pepper. Chill for at least an hour and pile onto lettuce cups. If you’re craving carbs, feel free to load it onto some bread and make a sammie.