Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad With Fresh Rosemary

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Cranberry walnut chicken salad with fresh rosemary, is a delicious and light lunch or dinner. Chunks of breast meat are tossed with plump, dried cranberries, tart and crunchy Granny Smith apples, walnuts, and fresh rosemary.

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad with Rosemary

If you like chicken salad, you’ll love this one!

I love chicken salad. You can tell by the number of recipes I have on my website! This is one of my favorites! It’s based on a similar version that was once available at Trader Joe’s, in their pre-packaged foods section. When they stopped carrying it, I had to create my own version. (This post was originally posted on July 8th, 2016, has been updated to contain nutritional information and contains affiliate links.)


The cranberries make it perfect for autumn, but it’s delicious year round! I keep a large bag of dried cranberries on hand for a quick and easy snack or baking. Spencer loves to grab a handful in place of something sweet late at night. Granny  Smith  apples  are  a tart  balance  to  sweet  cranberries  and  pungent  rosemary. It’s also naturally gluten-free and low in carbs.

Ingredients for chicken salad with cranberries, walnuts and apples

Perfect for leftover or rotisserie chicken!

A rotisserie bird makes this chicken salad with cranberries, walnuts and rosemary a fast and easy meal. You can also repurpose leftover turkey just as easily! Just a few simple ingredients, some salt and pepper and a dash of dry mustard is all you need. Sometimes I buy two, and use one for chicken salad. This recipe makes a nice, light luncheon for a bridal or baby shower. Serve it on a bed of lettuce or between your favorite bread or baguette. While I prefer chicken thigh meat when I roast a chicken, I think breast meat makes a nicer chicken salad.

Looking for more recipes like this one?

Try this Chicken Salad with Apricot and Almonds, or the Curried Coronation Chicken Salad, a version served to the Queen on her  1953 Coronation.

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Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad - Delicious chicken salad with cranberries, walnuts, tart apples and rosemary. Naturally gluten free!

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

This chicken salad has crispy apples, crunchy walnuts, cranberries and fresh rosemary. It serves 4 as a luncheon course or 6 as a sandwich filling.
5 from 38 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 322 kcal


  • 3 cups Chicken cooked and diced or shredded
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Granny Smith apple diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. Coleman's dried mustard powder
  • ¾ cup walnuts chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  • Mix all ingredients together. Season to taste.
  • Chill. Serve as a sandwich filing or on a bed of lettuce.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 8gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 162mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 71IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
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  1. I love chicken salad too, and dried cranberries are something I use year round — I love the color and that tart, sweet flavor! And I love the addition of the apples and rosemary too – delicious!

  2. I love this variation on a traditional chicken salad, Cynthia! Looks delicious. I love the cranberries and apples. I have plenty of rosemary in my herb pots. Never can have too many chicken salad recipes, it’s the perfect light dish in the heat!

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