Paleo Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwiches are wholesome, simple, fresh, and full of flavor! Your favorite lunch just got a lot healthier!
| Paleo + Whole30 + gluten free + grain free |
This post is sponsored by Graceland Fruit. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks so much for supporting the brands I know and love!
Can we chat about the freaking BEST Paleo Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwiches ever?!
Because this baby is seriously loaded with flavor and so much healthier than your typical restaurant sammie.
Okay, so let’s be real: sandwich bread is definitely not Paleo. But wraps are! And salads are! And butter lettuce is!
This Paleo Cranberry Chicken Salad has got everything your chicken salad could ever want: rotisserie chicken, fresh lemon, Paleo mayo, Greek yogurt (may sub for more mayo), a bunch of herbs like chives and tarragon, sliced almonds, and Graceland Fruit’s NEW dried cranberries! This is a show-stopper of a recipe, one you’ll want to make for lunch over and over again.
Chicken salad is one of those classic, feel-good lunches that never goes out of style. Kind of like egg salad, another personal favorite of mine. It’s simple, refreshing, and so easy to make at home.
I’m super excited to be partnering up with Graceland Fruit again! Over the last year, we’ve had so many delicious eats – salads for spring, salads for fall, a seriously insane batch of Paleo cookies, Thanksgiving stuffing… and now chicken salad! Within the last year, Graceland has introduced a completely new version of their dried fruits, and that’s what we’re using in this recipe!
Graceland’s new batches of dried cranberries, cherries, and blueberries are even lower in sugar than before! Instead of being made with fructan, this new dried fruit is now made with prebiotic tapioca fiber, making them the best option for dried fruit on a Whole30 or Paleo diet. And I’M SO PUMPED ABOUT IT!
Tapioca fiber is an insoluble fiber that fuels healthy gut bacteria (AKA food for your gut bugs!). Insoluble fiber is so important in your diet, and this is a great way to get it in! Tapioca fiber favorably impacts the gut microbiome, not only keeping your digestive system in check, but also helping to treat conditions like leaky gut syndrome and SIBO.
The dried cranberries really make these Paleo Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwiches outstanding! Plus, they’re perfect for a Whole30 or Paleo diet. They keep these sandwiches sweet, balancing the savory flavor from the herbs and toasted almonds. Savory, sweet, salty, crunchy… The perfect harmony.
How to Make This Lemon Herb Chicken Salad Sandwich:
Let’s start with the chicken. You can either poach chicken breasts using this method, use leftover oven-roasted chicken, or use pre-packaged shredded rotisserie chicken (the easiest!). Then it’s all about mixing things together in a giant bowl and having lunch ready in less than 10 minutes. So simple!
Obviously, you’ve gotta add the dried cranberries for a little sweetness! You could also stir in some celery if you have some laying around. I didn’t, so we’ll use celery salt instead.
While I do use Greek yogurt in this recipe, you can certainly go all mayo. BUT I wouldn’t suggest going all Greek. It’s just missing the nice tang that mayo gives. For a perfect Paleo mayo, I recommend this one, or simply making your own (it’s legit 3 ingredients)!
How to Make a Healthy Sandwich:
Clearly, this Paleo Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwich can be served on whole grain bread, but if you’re following a more restrictive diet, I’ve got some other options for you.
- Paleo coconut wraps
- Grain-free cassava flour tortillas
- Stuffed inside butter lettuce wraps
- Scooped up with grain-free crackers
To keep your sandwich healthy, I recommend…
- Choosing a sprouted grain bread like Ezekiel bread or Trader Joe’s Sprouted Grain breads. Your bread should contain no preservatives, chemicals, or artificial ingredients.
- Chicken is a great choice for a sandwich, not only because it’s high in protein, but also because it’s not processed. Deli meats are highly processed, typically containing preservatives and/or nitrates.
- Choose whole, unprocessed ingredients to stuff your sandwich with. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, I recommend reaching for tofu, falafel (so good!), and hummus or avocado as a spread.
- Pack it full of vegetables and plants! I love this Paleo Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwich with lettuce or spinach, sliced tomato, avocado, and broccoli or alfalfa sprouts. You could also add sliced radishes or shredded carrots.
Helloooooo meal prep lunch! These sandwiches are the perfect thing to whip up for a healthy workweek lunch or a picnic out in the park!
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This healthy, creamy, no-bake chicken salad with cranberries and tarragon is the perfect workweek lunch!
- 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt*
- 1/4 c. Paleo mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/4 c. fresh chives, chopped
- 1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. fresh tarragon, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. celery salt**
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 2 c. shredded, cooked chicken (about 12 oz.)
- 1/4 c. sliced toasted almonds
- 1/3 c. Graceland Fruit no sugar dried cranberries
- For serving: whole grain bread, Paleo tortillas/wraps, butter lettuce wraps, or grain-free crackers
- For serving: romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado, alfalfa sprouts
In a large mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, Dijon mustard, chives, parsley, tarragon, celery salt, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
Add the chicken, toasted almonds, and dried cranberries. Mix well.
Serve on whole grain bread or in a Paleo wrap/tortilla with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and sprouts. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
Nutrition information per serving:
Calories: 288 Protein: 26g Carbs: 15g Fat: 18g Fiber: 4