Apple Chicken Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Summer to fall… that in-between food season when it’s still hot here in North Carolina and our mountain apples are arriving at farmers’ markets… but we’re not ready for hot n’heavy foods just yet. This Apple Chicken Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing is perfect!

Chicken Salad with Apples & Lemon Dressing
Apple Chicken Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

I’m blessed to have opportunity to create recipes for all sorts of food companies.  Recipe development is my favorite thing to do of all the many things I do… getting paid to be in my happy place throwing together the ideas in my head till just right!  One of these is LM Companies… a large produce distributor.  We’ve even done massive produce food shoots in my vintage cookhouse out in my backyard! Shipping trucks showed up with cases and cases of all their produce… veggies and fruits! Neighbors and friends we at the ready with bags to come take it all home that day when we were done. It looked like a large grocery store produce department around here!

A while ago, they asked me to create some apple recipes for them… this tasty chicken salad is one of those.

For those of you who love chicken salad like me, I encourage you to make this one!  I’m all about simplicity in the kitchen, and you could even use rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this recipe. What’s not to love about all the ways to use rotisserie chickens?!? 

Do you make an “outside-the-box” chicken salad?  If so, please drop me a note if you’re willing to share it. I love seeing ways others make theirs!

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Chicken Salad with Apples & Lemon Dressing

We know you are going to love this vibrant apple chicken salad! The hint of lemon from the fresh juice and zest really make the flavors pop. Honey Crisp apples are perfect to complement the chicken and savory celery, while pairing nicely with the plump little sweet bites of raisins. So versatile, we suggest you enjoy on a variety of breads, or tucked into lettuce for fun little wraps. 
Course: Brunch, Dressings, Main Course, Salad, Supper
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad, honey crisp apples, lemon poppy seed dressing
Author: Wendy Perry

Ingredients

Salad

  • 2 ½ cups chopped cooked chicken (about 1 pound)
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 ½ cups Honey Crisp apple, cored and diced
  • ¾ cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup chopped green onions, white and green parts
  • 1 8 ounce can diced water chestnuts, drained

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (light)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together dressing ingredients.  Fold into the salad and stir until the salad is moist.

Notes

Salad can be served immediately, but is best if it sits several hours or overnight for flavors to marry.
Serve with assorted breads or as lettuce wraps.  We like this with raisin bread toasts.
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