Chicken Salad with Fruit combines the sweetness of fruit with a slight hit of onion and the crunch of almonds in a creamy dressing. It’s easy to toss together with leftover cooked chicken or turkey.
Like all of the recipes from our Hideaway, Chicken Salad with Fruit is gluten-free. When you make it with cashew yogurt, it’s dairy-free, too!
After I roast a chicken, I enjoy using the leftovers in another recipe a day or two later. I mix this up with homemade mayonnaise, apples from our orchard, and delicious grapes and cranberries. I love the combination of cranberries with poultry! Yum!
Memories of Leftover Turkey and Cranberries
I have fond memories of my mother, and my grandmother before her, laying out leftovers after a turkey dinner at Thanksgiving or Christmas. My mother even cooked a turkey on New Year’s Day. Mom would stay up very late the night before preparing the stuffed turkey. I think she cooked it at a low temperature for a long time – not recommended procedure these days! It was always well cooked. On Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Boxing Day, family would gather for a late-noonish meal around the big dining room table in the farmhouse. In the afternoon, the men and children would find some outdoor activity to burn off the calories they had consumed.
Later in the day, before the visitors would return to their homes, the woman of the house spread out the leftovers buffet style for everyone to pick up what they wanted. There would be cold turkey, cranberries, jellied salad, and dinner rolls. As I recall, the stuffing, mashed potatoes, and leftover vegetables got reheated. If there was any salad left, that would be put out, too. And then there was always plenty of homemade pie, so there would be leftovers of apple or pumpkin pie to enjoy. I almost liked this “supper” meal better than the main meal sometimes!
This salad is what I would probably put together for such an occasion. It’s another one of those whole-meal salads that I make up ahead and take with us when we go away in our trailer, often to our Hideaway. It’s great to have ready to take out of the fridge and enjoy on a picnic table, under our awning, or perhaps in some riverside park! I also look forward to enjoying it indoors with leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey!