Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic Dish

This delicious Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, with a tangy poppy seed dressing, will up your salad game. This salad is the ideal combination of flavors and textures, featuring tender chicken, sweet cranberries, crunchy pecans, and a creamy dressing. Whether served as a light lunch, a refreshing side dish, or a crowd-pleasing potluck contribution, this salad will impress with its vibrant colors and irresistible flavor.


For the Salad:

  • 4 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded or diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 cups mixed greens (such as spinach, arugula, or spring mix)

For the Poppy Seed Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the Chicken:
  • Cook the chicken breasts by grilling, baking, or poaching them until fully cooked. Allow them to cool, then shred or dice them into bite-sized pieces.
  1. Toast the Pecans:
  • In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the chopped pecans, stirring frequently, until fragrant and lightly browned. Remove from heat and let them cool.
  1. Make the Poppy Seed Dressing:
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, honey, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and poppy seeds until well combined.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the sweetness or acidity according to your preference by adding more honey or lemon juice if desired.
  1. Assemble the Salad:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked chicken, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and sliced green onions.
  • Pour the poppy seed dressing over the chicken mixture and toss until everything is evenly coated with the dressing.
  1. Serve:
  • Arrange the mixed greens on serving plates or in a large salad bowl.
  • Top the greens with the prepared Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad mixture.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with additional pecans or cranberries if desired.

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is a delicious combination of flavors and textures that will satisfy your taste buds. This salad is versatile and delicious, whether served as a light lunch, a refreshing side dish, or a filling main course. With tender chicken, sweet cranberries, crunchy pecans, and a creamy poppy seed dressing, this dish will leave you wanting more. So, prepare a batch of this flavorful salad and enjoy a burst of freshness with each bite!