Easy Chicken Salad

Easy Chicken Salad is the perfect simple and fresh meal idea for summer.  A flavorful chicken salad with grapes, pineapple and nuts comes together quickly to create a wonderfully light meal that everyone will love!

Serve this as a quick weeknight meal or make it ahead of time to enjoy for lunch throughout the week, it’s the perfect addition to your dinner rotation!

In partnership with Nestea

If you are like me, I savour every moment of my summer! As much as I love to cook, when the temperature rises the last thing I want to do is slave over a hot stove! Meal preparation completed ahead of time is blissful and this easy chicken salad recipe definitely fits the bill!

Not only is this simple and easy, but it is so impressive to serve for guests while sitting on the deck sipping on an ice cold glass of NESTEA® slightly sweet black iced tea! . Your guests will truly be “wowed” and will think you spent all day slaving but only you will know the truth!

I love to reconnect with family and friends who I have not seen in a while and our summer allows me to do exactly that. In order to savor these moments, I love to keep my meals simple so we can spend time together.

With some preparation and planning along with a quick  trip to the grocery store, and my week’s menu is prepared. I can then focus my time doing what I love – reconnecting with friends, spending time with my kids or catching up on that book I have been meaning to read.

Many of us struggle with new and creative meal ideas. One strategy I love is to use leftover ingredients combined with items I keep in stock regularly to create something special and unique. Keep an open mind about ingredient substitutions and you will open up a whole new world of possibilities!

This chicken salad is loaded with fresh and fruity flavors like grapes and pineapple with a little bit of crunch from the pecans and celery.  The sweetness of the fruit in this chicken salad pairs perfectly with a refreshing cold glass of  slightly sweet iced tea!  It’s crisp and cool without being too sweet and the perfect compliment to your meal on a hot and sunny day!

No matter how hard we try, the pace of our lives seems to get faster and faster. If your week looks like mine, it quickly fills up with kids activities, work and the hum drum of daily chores as well.

Even so, we are determined to try to keep things simple and make the best of our fast pace. So often it’s life’s simplest moments (and meals) that can create memorable experiences! Enjoy these moments even more by spending less time in the kitchen and more time on the deck with friends, family sipping on an icy cold glass iced tea!

You can also find more great Simple Solutions here including lots of quick and easy recipe ideas plus a chance to win a three day trip for two to Vail, Colorado, $500 cash, and a supply of Nestea products (enter here)!

 

Easy Chicken Salad

A deliciously flavorful chicken salad with grapes, pineapple and nuts comes together quickly to create a wonderfully light meal that everyone will love!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups diced chicken
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits (drained, juice reserved for dressing)
  • 1 cup red grapes , halved
  • 1 red bell pepper , diced
  • 1 cup celery , sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Dressing

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons pineapple juice (from the tidbits)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to a large bowl. Top with prepared dressing and gently toss to combine.
  3. Serve over croissants or lettuce.

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Easy Chicken Salad is the perfect simple and fresh meal idea for summer.  A flavorful chicken salad with grapes, pineapple and nuts comes together quickly to create a wonderfully light meal that everyone will love! Serve this as a quick weeknight meal or make it ahead of time to enjoy for lunch throughout the week, it's the perfect addition to your dinner rotation!
Easy Chicken Salad is the perfect simple and fresh meal idea for summer.  A flavorful chicken salad with grapes, pineapple and nuts comes together quickly to create a wonderfully light meal that everyone will love! Serve this as a quick weeknight meal or make it ahead of time to enjoy for lunch throughout the week, it's the perfect addition to your dinner rotation!