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Make this Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts when you want to serve an entrée salad or dinner salad as the main course. Consider this a lettuce salad extraordinaire, loaded with so many flavor combinations, your tastebuds might just explode! 

Salad Served with Ranch Dressing

(Post modified with new photos on 8/2/23.)

I love serving dinner salads to my husband after a hot summer day. They are light and tasty, and easy to make, so you spend less time in a hot kitchen.

Serving Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts as the Main Entree or Main Course

This salad boasts tender seared chicken, Roma tomatoes, julienned carrots, sweet peas, and boiled eggs. My husband loves boiled eggs on a salad so they are always a must. Add in a handful of dried cranberries, some English walnuts, cheddar cheese, and homemade sourdough croutons, and you have yourself a very nutritious meal.

 

More Dinner Salad Ideas

 

Ingredients for Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • chicken tenders or boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • large hard-boiled eggs
  • Roma tomato
  • frozen petite sweet peas
  • large carrot, julienned
  • English walnuts
  • dried cranberries
  • cheddar cheese
  • croutons (See my Recipe for Homemade Sourdough Croutons Here)
  • Your favorite Salad Dressing

 

Instructions for this Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare the Ingredients

Preparing the Ingredients

With a sharp knife and cutting board slice the chicken tenders or chicken thighs into 1/2″ pieces.

Tear the Iceberg lettuce into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl. Shred the cheddar cheese with a box grater.

Using a second cutting board, peel and julienne the carrot. Dice the Roma tomato.

Place frozen petite sweet peas in a microwavable bowl and cook for 3-4 minutes until heated through.

You may use regular sweet peas for this salad, but I really like the petite version and how they “pop” in you mouth. (As a side note, when I was taking pictures of this salad, I actually forgot about the peas in the microwave, so they are missing in half of the shots I took.)

 

Cook the Chicken and Eggs

Sear Sliced Chicken Tenders in Skillet

Heat a large skillet with 2- 3 tablespoons olive oil. Place the sliced chicken in the hot oil and sprinkle with seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook for 7-8 minutes until browned, stirring often. Transfer the chicken to a bowl or plate lined with paper towels to catch the excess oil.

Place eggs in a medium saucepan and cover eggs with cold water. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat. Remove from heat and cover the pan with a lid. Allow to set for 12-13 minutes.

Drain the water from the eggs and plunge the eggs into cold ice water for 7 -10 minutes to cool.

There is nothing more frustrating then boiling eggs and having the shell stick to the egg. This method of allowing the eggs to set in the hot water for 12-13 minutes, and then plunging them in ice water is the best way I’ve found to cleanly peel hard-boiled eggs. I have about a 98% success rate using this method. 

Slicing the Boiled Eggs

Peel off the eggshells and place the eggs in a bowl. Slice the eggs with a knife or an egg slicer.

 

Arrange the Salad

Salad on a Tray

Using a large tray or bowl, layer the following: Iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, boiled eggs, sweet peas, julienned carrots, walnuts, and cranberries.

Salad with Ranch Dressing

Add chicken and croutons and toss lightly with a favorite vinaigrette or salad dressing. Finish by sprinkling with cheddar cheese and freshly ground black pepper.

I love Wishbone’s Red Wine Vinaigrette or Ott’s French Dressing. My husband, however, is a Ranch Dressing man through and through, and uses it on all of his salads.

Recipe for Rosemary-Garlic Sourdough Flatbread

Serve this salad along with Sourdough Croutons, Crunchy Sourdough Breadsticks, or Rosemary-Garlic Sourdough Flatbread and a tall glass of iced tea or a nice white wine. I suggest your favorite Riesling for a perfect evening meal.

See more Salad Recipes Here. Browse Chicken Recipes Here. 

 

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Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

Here's an easy salad to fix when you want to serve a light and tasty dinner entree.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serving Size 4

Ingredients 

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 head Iceburg Lettuce (shredded)
  • 4 large hard-boiled eggs (sliced)
  • 1 medium Roma tomato (diced)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas (thawed)
  • 1 large carrot (peeled and julienned)
  • 3/4 cup chopped English walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup croutons
  • Favorite Vinaigrette or Dressing
  • 1 oz cheddar cheese (grated)

Instructions

  • Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • With a sharp knife and cutting board slice the chicken tenders or chicken thighs into 1/2" pieces. 
  • Shred the Iceberg lettuce into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl.
  • Using a second cutting board, dice the Roma tomato. Peel and julienne the carrot.
  • Place frozen petite sweet peas in a microwavable bowl and cook for 3-4 minutes until heated through. Shred the cheddar cheese with a box grater. 

Cook the Chicken and Eggs

  • Heat a large skillet with 2- 3 tablespoons olive oil. Place the sliced chicken in the hot oil and sprinkle with seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook for 7-8 minutes until browned, stirring often. Transfer the chicken to a bowl or plate lined with paper towels to catch the excess oil. 
  • Place eggs in a medium saucepan and cover eggs with cold water. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat. Remove from heat and cover the pan with a lid. Allow to set for 12-13 minutes. 
  • Drain the water from the eggs and plunge the eggs into cold ice water for 7 -10 minutes to cool.
  • Peel off the eggshells and place the eggs in a bowl. Slice the eggs with a knife or an egg slicer. 

Arrange the Salad 

  • Using a large tray or bowl, layer the following: Iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, boiled eggs, sweet peas, julienned carrots, walnuts, and cranberries.
    Add chicken and croutons and toss lightly with a favorite vinaigrette or salad dressing. Finish by sprinkling with cheddar cheese and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Serve this dinner salad along with Sourdough Croutons, Crunchy Sourdough Breadsticks, or Rosemary-Garlic Sourdough Flatbread and a nice glass of white wine or a tall glass of iced-tea. Serves 4.

Notes

Wine Suggestion: Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling

Nutrition

Calories: 852kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 28g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 282mg | Sodium: 1443mg | Potassium: 972mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 4345IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 3mg

 

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