Southern Chicken Berry Salad + Giveaway

This classic chicken salad recipe has a tangy twist! Sweet and tart dried berries and cherries make it just the thing for back-to-school lunch box packing. My kids prefer it to PB&J or ham sandwiches any day!

Classic Chicken Salad Recipe with a Twist! (Cherries, Berries, Almonds, Oh My!) ASpicyPerspective.com #chickensalad #chicken #backtoschool #naturebox

The kids went back to school just a couple weeks ago, and already many of us are feeling the pinch of coming up with interesting lunch box ideas.

It’s ok… It happens to the best of us.

All our good intentions of creating decorative animal-shaped sandwiches (like the ones we’ve seen on Pinterest) have gone down the drain as we struggle to deal with little morning intricacies, like making sure our kids are wearing underpants before they walk out the door.

I feel ya.

My strategy is to not worry about lunch being cute, but to focus on healthy convenience foods that will fill my babies’ tummies and ensure they are getting vital nutrients, instead of preservatives and other nasty chemicals.

We’ve been packing:

  • Lots of fresh fruit
  • Cut veggies with hummus
  • Easy wholesome make-aheads like this chicken salad recipe
  • And healthy pantry snacks, primarily from Nature Box.

Nature Box Snacks

Because we’re keeping it simple by only swapping the variety of foods in each of the four categories above, the kids can pack their own lunch each morning while I’m scrambling eggs, braiding hair, and shouting out the final quiz on spelling words.

The beauty of Nature Box is that their snacks come to YOU and are always wholesome. Nature Box ensures all their snacks are free of

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Partially Hydrogenated Oils
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Artificial Flavors
  • Trans Fats

You can select vegan and/or gluten free snacks as well.

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That means no more standing in the grocery aisle reading microscopic print of the back of packaging. I know that the snacks I get from Nature Box are things that I feel good about giving my kids.

Nature Box, I think I love you.

Now I can focus my attention on the underwear epidemic in my house.

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We pack the Nature Box snacks “as is” but I also like to use them in recipes.

Today I added Cherry Berry Bonanza to my favorite chicken salad recipe. The dried blueberries, cherries and cranberries gave the chicken salad a tangy sweetness that complemented the crunch of the celery and nuttiness of the almonds.

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I can make a batch of this chicken salad recipe at the beginning of the week and the kids will happily eat it for several days in a row, with no complaints.

I think Lt. Dan had his fair-share of this batch as well!

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Chicken Salad Recipe with Berries

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole rotisserie (or baked) chicken, boned and shredded into chunks
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 4 oz. package Nature Box Cherry Berry Bonanza (dried cherries, blue berries, and cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop the celery and green onions and add all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Stir to thoroughly coat, then salt and pepper to taste. Keep in an air-tight container in the fridge until ready to serve.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nature Box. All opinions are my own.

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90 Responses to “Southern Chicken Berry Salad + Giveaway”

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.al — September 9, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    sounds right up my alley

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    Theresa J — September 9, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    I am a savory kinda girl

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    Nikki — September 9, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    I like savory snacks

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — September 10, 2013 @ 12:59 am

    I like that they offer a gluten-free option! I’m in the sweet camp.

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    Kimmie — September 10, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    I love me some sweets!

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — September 10, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Yum! I’ll be trying out Nature Box for sure!

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    Misty M — September 10, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    Oh YUM!

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    Barb — September 10, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    I prefer sweet snacks

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    Buffie — September 10, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    I love all things sweet!

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    Elizabeth — September 10, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    I love savory snacks!

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    Angie — September 10, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    I love sweet goodies!

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    cris — September 10, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    Savory, savory, savory!

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    Nora B — September 10, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    i ALWAYS prefer sweet snacks! I’m bad!

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    F Kane — September 10, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    Sweets for sure! Otherwise, savory! :-)

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — September 10, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    Yummy looking dish and the giveaway looks so good.

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    Pru — September 11, 2013 @ 6:33 am

    I’m about 50/50….some days I need savory, but most days I need sweet. :-)

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    C.J. — September 11, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    I love all things sweet!

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    Dawn — September 11, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    I love my sweets!

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    TidyMom — September 11, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Sweets for me!

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    Candice — September 11, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    I’m a savory girl these days.

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    Valerie — September 11, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Depends on my mood… but usually I prefer sweet!

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    Tina H — September 11, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    I’m a SAVORY kind of girl.

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    carag — September 11, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    i like sweet or salty- not too sweet and just a tad of salty

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    Danielle C — September 11, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    Both. I like slightly sweet and slightly salty.

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    Heather B — September 12, 2013 @ 2:03 am

    I love savory snacks.

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    Susan H. — September 12, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    I love both sweet and savory. Thanks.

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    gloryj — September 12, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    To be perfectly honest… I LOVE EM’ BOTH!!!! I put all kinds of things in my salads! I like to make them different, unique and tasty. We always eat a lot of salads… winter, spring, summer, fall, it doesn’t matter. They are so good for us and we love them every which way. :)

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    Jeffrey — September 13, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    I have quite the sweet tooth, cookies, brownies, cake, etc. I usually go for chocolate, I’m not much of a candy lover.

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    beth jillette — September 13, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    I am definitely in the sweet camp but I wouldn’t turn down savory ;)
    Thank you

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    Blessie Nelson — September 13, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    I prefer savory snack.s

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    Maggie Wallace — September 13, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    Savory for sure!

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    Keith — September 14, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Your products rock!

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    Robin O — September 14, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I always prefer sweet snacks!!
    Thank you!

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    Emily B — September 14, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    I’m definitely a sweet snack girl.

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    Rachel Crosby — September 14, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    Love healthy snacks!!!

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    Carmen — September 14, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    Funny – when I’m at work it’s usually sweet snacks, but at home I prefer salty/savory ones.

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    Ellen — September 14, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    sweet is my favorite!

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    elizabeth — September 14, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    This is the first time I’ve ever heard of them and would love to try them. The first thing I’d have to do is try the Chicken Berry Salad recipe. Thanks for the chance to win.

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