Valentine’s Day Chicken Salad

Kitchen Southern Hospitality’s February chicken salad special is  Valentine’s Day Chicken Salad with fruit, nuts, and veggies.

Choooed Apple and strawberries
Valentine’s Day Chicken Salad –
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Chicken Salad Alternative

The craziest thing happened when I went grocery shopping this morning for the items in this recipe at the H..E.B. store. I picked up everything I needed – except the chicken. This is how new recipes are sometimes created. Unexpectedly. Unplanned.

I had intended to cut up all the salad ingredients, mix them up, and add the chicken later. And that’s exactly what I did in spite of having to go to the grocery store again.

The best thing to do is stock up on canned chicken. If you choose to boil an organic whole chicken, great. If you don’t have one on hand, use the chicken in a can from Sam’s Club. Or order some from Amazon if you don’t want to make a trip to the grocery store – Kirkland’s brand that looks like this:

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Veggies and fruits
Valentine’s Day Chicken Salad

But can you guess what I ended up having for lunch during my Lyft driving? A chicken-less salad sandwich. LOL.

Sandwich
Chicken-less Sandwich

The type of bread used for the sandwich in the photo above is Dave’s 21 Whole Grains and Seeds.

You can order the bread from Amazon if you can’t locate it in your local supermarket.

Add Protein

I figured I needed to add protein. Organic sharp cheddar cheese was added…

Cheese
Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese

I started by washing the strawberries and chopping the Pink Lady apple.

Apple and strawberry pieces
Pink Lady Apple & 2 Strawberries, Chopped

You should purposely leave out the chicken occasionally from your chicken salad. It’s actually refreshing and tastes very good. And, of course, it contains less calories.

I like to boil a whole chicken, let it cool, store it in the fridge until the next day. Then I debone it and use the meat for chicken and dumplings or.a chicken salad recipe.

However, sometimes I buy canned white chicken from Sam’s Club for chicken salad. Not this time, though. Got it from Aldi’s. By the way, my daughter said their chicken salad is the best. Not wanting to spend the time to chop up veggies, fruit, and nuts?

Aldi Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad from Aldi

Try one of the Aldi versions: Classic or Cranberry Almond (cranberries for Valentine’s Day sounds good, doesn’t it?)

Chicken salad
Aldi Cranberry Chicken Salad

If you like cranberry chicken salad, visit pattycakespantry.com for her easy-to-make recipe.

Incidentally, I took a lunch break during my Lyft driving and loved the chicken-less sandwich.

Lyft driving
Lyft Driving

And finally, I went to the Aldi store for chicken to put in the salad. Chicken salad for dinner turned out great.

Chicken salad
Valentine’s Day Chicken Salad


Here’s the recipe:

Valentine's Day Chicken Salad

A chicken salad that includes lots of red for Valentine's Day - apples, strawberries, bell pepper

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large strawberries
  • 1 Pink Lady apple, skin included
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 organic red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup organic dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise with olive oil
  • 1 can white chicken

Instructions

  1. Wash the fruit and veggies.

  2. Slice the strawberries into small chunks.

  3. Chop the apple into small chunks.

  4. Combine the strawberries and apple pieces into a container.

  5. Add chopped celery and add to the strawberries and apple.

  6. Chop the bell pepper into small pieces and add to the mixture.

  7. Add the dried cranberries.

  8. Add the walnut pieces.

  9. Stir in the chicken.

Recipe Notes

The salad is approximately 240 calories. If you add the salad in a sandwich, Dave's bread used in the photos is about 110 calories per slice.

If you missed the chicken salad from January served with croissants, it tasted delicious. It’s so easy to open a can or two of crescent rolls and bake them in the oven. Then you slice them and stuff with chicken salad.

Since I love chicken salad, I’m devoting one per month. Each recipe varies, depending on that month’s special occasions or celebrations.

Making festive Valentine’s Day salads is a great thing to do because vegetables and fruits are healthy for you. In addition, there are plenty of red veggies and red fruits to choose from to change things up a bit. Chicken salad can be as simple to make as you want it to be. Prepare it with as little as three ingredients – chicken, mayonnaise, celery, or spend a little more time to chop up several more vegetables and fruits. However you make it, enjoy.

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