Harvest Chicken Salad

Crimson apples and tangy orange dressing make this chicken salad the main attraction.


  • 2   oranges
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) fat-free mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) stone-ground mustard
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) sugar
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 small garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 pkg (6 oz/375 mL) fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups (500 mL) diced roasted chicken
  • 1 cup (250 mL) diced celery
  • 2 medium Red Delicious apples
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped red onion
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) toasted pecan halves (optional)
  •  Orange segments and Whole-Grain Croutons (optional)


  1. For dressing, zest one orange using Zester/Scorer to measure 2 teaspoons zest. Juice oranges to measure 1/2 cup juice. Combine orange zest, mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, salt, black pepper and garlic pressed with Garlic Press in Classic Batter Bowl; whisk until smooth using Stainless Whisk. While continuously whisking, add orange juice in a thin, steady stream; set dressing aside.

  2. For salad, place spinach in bottom of large serving bowl. Dice chicken and celery using Utility Knife. Cut apples in half lengthwise; remove stems and seeds using Core & More. Cut each apple half into four wedges; crinkle cut wedges into small pieces using Crinkle Cutter. Chop onion using Food Chopper. Layer chicken, celery, apples, onion, cranberries and pecans, if desired, over spinach. To serve, drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat. Top with orange segments and Whole-Grain Croutons, if desired. Serve immediately.


  • 12  servings of 1 

Nutrients per serving:

U.S. Nutrients per serving: (1 cup salad): Calories 100, Total Fat 2 g, Saturated Fat .5 g, Cholesterol 20 mg, Carbohydrate 13 g, Protein 7 g, Sodium 170 mg, Fiber 2 g

Cook's Tips:

Whole-Grain Croutons: Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut crusts off 4 slices whole-grain sandwich bread using Pizza Cutter, discarding crusts; cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Grate 2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese using Rotary Grater. Toss bread cubes with 1 tablespoon melted butter to coat; add cheese and toss until well combined. Spread bread cubes in an even layer over Large Round Stone with Handles. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Remove baking stone from oven; cool completely.


Nutrients per serving: Calories 35, Total Fat 1.5 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Carbohydrate 4 g, Protein 1 g, Sodium 70 mg, Fiber less than 1 g


To toast pecans, spread over bottom of Small Bar Pan. Microwave on HIGH 2-3 minutes or until fragrant and lightly toasted, stirring after each 30-second interval.

A 2-pound rotisserie-cooked chicken can be used to prepare this recipe, if desired.

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