It’s the end of August, and I know lots of us have fall on the mind. But I can’t just ignore those red, juicy cherries staring at me when I walk into the grocery store. It got me thinking of a summer spin on my favorite lunch: a yummy Cherry Chicken Salad over lettuce cups.
Why This Recipe Works
I love a good chicken salad, and especially love changing it up each season. No matter what, for me, that means it has to have both a sweet and a crunch, using what’s fresh that time of year for a seasonal twist.
This recipe works beautifully because the cherries are so abundant and ripe, and when you put it together with the chicken, mayonnaise, and a few other key ingredients, you get a deliciously creamy meal. It also stores well, so you’ll have a fresh lunch you can eat for several days.
Here are some of the key ingredients you’ll need to make this Cherry Chicken Salad:
- protein: cooked chicken
- fruits and veggies: cherries, celery, lettuce
- liquids: lime juice, mayonnaise
- herbs and spices: mint, thyme
Add your salt, pepper, garnish, and you’re on your way to a yummy lunch 🙂
How to Make Cherry Chicken Salad
Once you have your ingredients ready this chicken salad takes literally minutes to put together. Simply place everything into a large mixing bowl (or oversized measuring cup, like I do):
Mix together with a spoon:
And you’re done! Now you can add it to whatever it is you’re craving for lunch: on lettuce cups (as I show here), over a large chopped salad, on slices of toasted gluten-free bread, or just eat it straight out of the container – it’s that good.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I substitute ingredients?
Definitely. That’s the beauty of this chicken salad: it’s highly adaptable. If you aren’t a fan of cherries or don’t have any, you can substitute grapes, apples, or pears. You can also use different herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, oregano, or dill.
How long will this last?
You can store your Cherry Chicken Salad in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 3-5 days.
What are some other ways I can enjoy this recipe?
I show lettuce cups in this recipe, but also love putting scoops of this chicken salad over a giant chopped salad, in a wrap, or over slices of gluten-free toasted bread. I also just straight-up eat this right out of the container.
How do you cook the chicken?
I usually do one of two things to get my cooked chicken: I either cook a whole chicken in the instant pot (super easy and not time consuming), OR, to save time and mess, I purchase a cooked plain rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. HUGE time saver!
If you’re looking for some other great summer recipes, try my Caprese Salad, my Halloumi Cheese Salad, my Chilled Cucumber Soup, Paleo Summer Slaw, or Crispy Zucchini Fritters. For a winter spin on chicken salad, try my Winter Chicken Salad.
And if you make this recipe, please rate it and let me know what you think in the comments!