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Thursday, April 10, 2014

{Fruity Chicken Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing}

The weather has been absolutely beautiful here in Minnesota, it feels like Spring has finally, Finally arrived!  I have been loving the sunny days, and mild temperatures!  It has been great to be able to walk to work without freezing, run outside and not have to worry about ice and snow, and to be able to finally pack up my winter sweaters!  Good bye winter!  I love Spring, the first sign of grass (even if it is brown) after the snow melts, the beautiful flower, and how everyone here in Minnesota seems to come alive once the weather turns nicer!  It is true that in Minnesota conversation can revolve around the weather!  Spring also has me craving things like picnic food.  You know, chicken salad, pasta salad, and fruit!  This warm Spring weather was the inspiration for this fruity chicken salad.  I don't know about you but I love fruit in my chicken salad, it adds a fun surprise!  This chicken salad features a creamy poppy seed dressing (I cheated and used one of my faves), tangy greek yogurt, strawberries, apples and almonds!  Its truly delicious, perfect on a bed of spinach or sandwiched between thick whole wheat bread!  Even better after it has sat in the fridge overnight!  

Fruity Chicken Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
Brunch N'Cupcakes 
Serves 3-4 

2 Chicken Breasts cooked and shredded (I boiled mine and then shredded the chicken) 
1 Granny Smith Apple Chopped (skin on or removed, your preference) 
1/2 Cup Chopped Strawberries 
1/3 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt 
1/4 Cup Poppy Seed Dressing (I used Briannas Homestyle Dressing, Creamy Poppyseed, my fav!) 
1/4 Cup Chopped Celery 
1/4 Cup Slivered Almonds 
Lemon Pepper to Taste
1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
**Spinach, Avocado Slices, Whole Wheat Wrap or Whole Wheat Bread for serving

1- Combine yogurt, poppy seed dressing, pepper and garlic powder in small bowl.  Stir till well combined. 
2- Place cooked chicken, celery, apple and strawberries into a medium bowl, gently toss to combine. 
3- Pour dressing over chicken mixture and gently stir until dressing is evenly incorporated over salad. 
4- Place chicken salad in fridge for 30 min - hour to chill. 
5- Serve over spinach, in a whole wheat wrap or thick slices of whole wheat bread! 

Check out these other delicious chicken salad recipes from around the web! 


  1. This looks delicious, I love using Greek Yogurt in creamy dressings. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Yes, spring has finally arrived! Finally!


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