Cherry Pecan Chicken Salad

This week, Food Network Summer Fest has challenged participating bloggers to work with the wonderfully sweet, perfectly in season: cherry.

I am blessed to be able to share two recipes this week…the first can be found on my other website: Ingredient Challenge Monday (trust me, you WANT to check this one out).

Because it is so hot, I have given my oven some time off and am doing everything I can to enjoy healthy homemade meals that do not require me to heat up the house in the process.

To keep from having to turn on the oven to cook the chicken, I did a little cheat (I am allowed that every now and then, right?)…I picked up an allergy-free rotisserie chicken from the local big-box store.

Remove the skin and chunk the chicken; a pre-baked rotisserie is the ideal solution for a quick meal without ever breaking a sweat.

If you are not comfortable with this idea, feel free to bake up your own chicken ahead of time, let it cook and chunk it as directed.

This isn’t your ordinary chicken salad…from flavor to nutritional value; this recipe is one worth making over and over again.

Cherry Pecan Chicken Salad

 

4c Chunked, Cooked Chicken

2c Cherries, halved with seeds and stems removed

1 c Crushed Pecans

½ c Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing

½ c Honey

2 Ripe Avocados, diced

 

In large serving bowl, mix together chicken, cherries and crushed pecans. Set aside.  In medium mixing bowl, whisk together ranch dressing, honey and avocados.  Pour dressing over chicken mixture; toss until salad is coated evenly.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve with sliced cucumbers, over your favorite lettuce, with crackers or simply leave as-is.

Makes 6 servings

Enjoy!

Please be sure to stop by and visit all of the charming cherry recipes available from this week’s Summer Fest:

 

What’s Gaby Cooking: Cherry Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

 

Big Girls Small Kitchen: Cherry Cornmeal Cake

 

Cooking With Elise: Roasted Cherries with Lavender and Almond Panna Cotta

 

Daydreamer Desserts: Cherry Crumble Cake

 

Ingredient Challenge Monday: Black Forest Ice Cream Done Two Ways

 

Spices and Aroma: Dilkush with Cherries

 

FN Dish: The Ultimate Cherry Pie

 

Daily*Dishin: Simple French Cherry Clafouti

 

Glory Foods: Collard Greens and Cherry Reduction

 

Chez Us: Gluten-Free Cherry Clafoutis

 

Food for 7 Stages of Life: South Indian Hot and Sour Soup

 

Virtually Homemade: Dark Chocolate Cherry Kuchen

 

In Jennie’s Kitchen: Cherry Conserves

 

The Sensitive Epicure: Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Clafouti

 

Cooking Channel: Very Cherry Sangria

 

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cherry Balsamic Vinegar

 

Zaika Zabardast: Balsamic Cherry and Peach Crisp

 

Mooshu Jenne: Rainier Cherry Panna Cotta

 

Food2: A Very Cherry Recipe Round-Up

 

Virtually Vegan Mamma: Fresh Cherry and Almond Scones

 

CIA Dropout: Italian Cherry Cake

 

Sweet Life Bake: Honey-Tequila Pickled Cherries

 

Cooking With Books: Cherry Cooler

 

Recipe Girl: Cherry Limeade Pound Cake

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  1. This looks amazing!

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