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Tired of the same old lunch? Try this Chicken Salad with Grapes recipe jazzed up with dried cherries, grapes and pecans. It’s absolutely irresistible!

If you haven’t tried a Fruity Chicken Salad, you’ll love the pop of sweetness, plus crunch from the nuts and tart chewiness from the cherries!

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Fruity Chicken Salad

I hate to brag, but this is one fabulous chicken salad recipe. There’s nothing complicated about it. The prep entails a bit of chopping and stirring, but it’s the proportions that are key.

I always prefer a smidgen of sour cream to cut the mayo in these sorts of salads. And a little acidity from the lemon juice helps balance the flavors. The add-ins are up to you. Leave out the nuts if that’s not your thing. I’d have to remove the pecans and cherries if serving this to my family, but this batch of chicken salad with grapes was for me!

A bowl of Chicken Salad on a red napkin

The Best Chicken Salad!

If you’re low-carbing it, this can be eaten as a salad over lettuce. Or, if you’re like me, pile the chicken salad between two slices of whole wheat bread or on a roll or croissant. As a hearty lunch or light dinner, this chicken salad with grapes is a delightful option to meat and potatoes. I hope you enjoy! It’s truly the best chicken salad.

A plate with two cherries, a fork and Chicken Salad on a bun

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Fruity Chicken Salad

A classic chicken salad jazzed up with dried cherries, grapes and pecans

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use Hellmann's)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper (1/8-1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 pound cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup halved grapes (red or green seedless)
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, salt and lemon juice. Add pepper to taste.
  2. Stir in chicken, celery, pecans and dried cherries.
  3. Serve over lettuce or on a bun or croissant.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 510Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 803mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 37g


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25 comments on “Fruity Chicken Salad”

  1. Greetings from Prague! Apologies that I haven’t been stopping by, Liz, we’ve been on the most fabulous adventures… love the sound of this salad… could do with a bite of it right now XX Happy cooking.

  2. Sounds good! And I just happened to throw an extra chicken breast on the grill yesterday:@)

  3. wow that sandwich looks too good to be true, Liz.

  4. I do enjoy my fruits in chicken and pork so this salad is calling my name, particularly the dried cherries. Awesome recipe Liz.

  5. I know lots of people don’t enjoy fruit with meat but I’m not in that group. I make a similar salad and there’s never any left. Now I’ll try yours!

  6. This chicken salad looks yummy. I have had chicken salad with fruit in before and love the sweet taste of the fruit with taste of the chicken.

  7. There’s nothing better than chicken salad on a croissant. Love your addition of grapes and my favorite dried cherries!

  8. This looks and sounds really good, a lot like my recipe, although I have used various fruits, cherries have not been one of them, so I will do that next time. Matt is a huge fan of chicken salad so I make it often for him and it goes nicely in a lettuce wrap! 🙂 Yours looks wonderful.

  9. I am very certain I would love this beautiful fruity chicken salad. It is lovely!

  10. This sounds delicious.

  11. Yes, indeed, keep the pecans in this perfect chicken salad =) I’ll have to experiment sometime with the sour cream / mayo balance…both wonderful condiments =)

  12. I cant wait to try this Liz!

  13. I think I’d have to go with a bun as well.. how yummy to bite into that! I love the idea of a bit of fruit mixed in to freshen things up:)

  14. This look just beautiful Lizzy!!!

  15. Back in the Philippines we make our chicken salad loaded with fruits so I know this is an instant favorite for me – love the sweetness from the fruits and the savory flavors from the rest! Great looking and tasty salad – thanks for sharing and pinned, too! 🙂

  16. This looks like the perfect lunch! I love the addition of dried cherries, pecans and grapes in here! It sounds fantastic!

  17. I love grapes! Why haven’t I thought of adding them to salads?

  18. Hi Liz, great salad, love that you added grapes and dried cherries. Happy Sunday to you!

  19. Lizzy,
    What great looking sandwich. I don’t think I’ve ever had chicken salad. I know that sounds strange but I’m not a fan of mayo. Your sandwich looks so good that I’ll have to give it a try.

  20. Looks crazy delicious! I love fruit with meat, especially mango, chicken & avocado. Heavenly taste combination that is. Looking forward to trying your recipe, the warmer day today, had me whipping up big bowls of salad and sandwiches. Wish I’d seen this earlier. Ah well, spring is in the air, Ill make soon. 🙂

  21. It definitely not the same old boring chicken salad sandwich when you add fruit to it. This looks delicious, Liz!

  22. This looks SOOO good Liz! It reminds me a bit of a Waldorf Salad but with the addition of chicken – yum. Need to make extra chicken next dinner so there are leftovers for this salad!

  23. This chicken salad is my favorite for lunch! The flavors are spot on and the best I’ve ever tasted in a chicken salad recipe!

  24. I absolutely loved this with the cherries added! Great idea!!

  25. You just can’t beat the fresh crunch of the grapes paired with the creamy spread and the sweetness of the dried cherries. SO good!

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