Southern Chicken Berry Salad

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. 

Classic Chicken Salad Recipe with a Twist! (Cherries, Berries, Almonds, Oh My!) #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.

Nature Box Deluxe

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.

How to Make Classic Chicken Salad Recipe with a Twist! (Cherries, Berries, Almonds, Oh My!) #chickensalad #chicken #backtoschool #naturebox

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.

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

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!

Chicken Salad Recipe with Berries

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

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  • 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


  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 comments on “Southern Chicken Berry Salad

  1. Pingback: 61 Healthy Chicken Salad Recipes | Daily Healthy Tips

  2. elizabethposted September 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm Reply

    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.

  3. Ellenposted September 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm Reply

    sweet is my favorite!

  4. Carmenposted September 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm Reply

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

  5. Rachel Crosbyposted September 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply

    Love healthy snacks!!!

  6. Emily Bposted September 14, 2013 at 11:55 am Reply

    I’m definitely a sweet snack girl.

  7. Robin Oposted September 14, 2013 at 10:39 am Reply

    I always prefer sweet snacks!!
    Thank you!

  8. Keithposted September 14, 2013 at 10:36 am Reply

    Your products rock!

  9. Maggie Wallaceposted September 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm Reply

    Savory for sure!

  10. Blessie Nelsonposted September 13, 2013 at 8:55 am Reply

    I prefer savory snack.s

  11. beth jilletteposted September 13, 2013 at 7:29 am Reply

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

  12. Jeffreyposted September 13, 2013 at 6:46 am Reply

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

  13. gloryjposted September 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply

    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. :)

  14. Susan H.posted September 12, 2013 at 7:53 am Reply

    I love both sweet and savory. Thanks.

  15. Heather Bposted September 12, 2013 at 2:03 am Reply

    I love savory snacks.

  16. Danielle Cposted September 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm Reply

    Both. I like slightly sweet and slightly salty.

  17. caragposted September 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm Reply

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

  18. Tina Hposted September 11, 2013 at 11:36 am Reply

    I’m a SAVORY kind of girl.

  19. Valerieposted September 11, 2013 at 10:25 am Reply

    Depends on my mood… but usually I prefer sweet!

  20. Candiceposted September 11, 2013 at 9:03 am Reply

    I’m a savory girl these days.

  21. TidyMomposted September 11, 2013 at 7:53 am Reply

    Sweets for me!

  22. Dawnposted September 11, 2013 at 6:43 am Reply

    I love my sweets!

  23. C.J.posted September 11, 2013 at 6:37 am Reply

    I love all things sweet!

  24. Pruposted September 11, 2013 at 6:33 am Reply

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

  25. Ash-foodfashionpartyposted September 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm Reply

    Yummy looking dish and the giveaway looks so good.

  26. F Kaneposted September 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm Reply

    Sweets for sure! Otherwise, savory! :-)

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  28. Nora Bposted September 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm Reply

    i ALWAYS prefer sweet snacks! I’m bad!

  29. crisposted September 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm Reply

    Savory, savory, savory!

  30. Angieposted September 10, 2013 at 11:35 am Reply

    I love sweet goodies!

  31. Elizabethposted September 10, 2013 at 11:13 am Reply

    I love savory snacks!

  32. Buffieposted September 10, 2013 at 10:46 am Reply

    I love all things sweet!

  33. Barbposted September 10, 2013 at 10:42 am Reply

    I prefer sweet snacks

  34. Misty Mposted September 10, 2013 at 9:09 am Reply

    Oh YUM!

  35. Marian (Sweetopia)posted September 10, 2013 at 8:21 am Reply

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

  36. Kimmieposted September 10, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply

    I love me some sweets!

  37. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted September 10, 2013 at 12:59 am Reply

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

  38. Nikkiposted September 9, 2013 at 9:10 pm Reply

    I like savory snacks

  39. Theresa Jposted September 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm Reply

    I am a savory kinda girl

  40. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted September 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm Reply

    sounds right up my alley

  41. Susanposted September 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm Reply

    I usually like sweet, but it really depends on my mood.

  42. Sarahposted September 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm Reply

    I love to mix sweet and savory snacks!

  43. Trishaposted September 9, 2013 at 3:49 pm Reply

    I love a mix of sweet and savory!

  44. Sarah kposted September 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm Reply

    I love to mix savory with sweet:)

  45. Maggie Foutposted September 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm Reply

    It really is a toss up but probably salty is my fave. Although I eat a lot of snack mixes of salty and sweet together.

  46. Julie Turnerposted September 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply

    savory in the afternoon…sweet in the evening!

  47. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted September 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

    I’ve liked everything I’ve tried from NatureBox. They always have such a great variety of snacks! Great salad, Sommer!

  48. marlaposted September 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply

    Mmmm. Great looking chicken salad :)

  49. Linda K.posted September 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm Reply

    I like both sweet and savory. How I choose just depends on my mood, I guess….

  50. Michelleposted September 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm Reply

    I love savory

  51. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted September 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm Reply

    I really need to jump on the Nature Box bandwagon. I’m thinking this salad is the perfect way to start!

  52. Cookin Canuckposted September 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm Reply

    Dried fruit is so good in chicken salad, and such a healthy way to add flavor.

  53. Sharonposted September 9, 2013 at 11:55 am Reply

    Could one substitute Greek Yogurt for the mayonnaise?

  54. Gabyposted September 9, 2013 at 11:36 am Reply

    I’m in for savory!

  55. Sarah Lposted September 9, 2013 at 11:35 am Reply

    Savory snacks rule for sure!

  56. Joanne BHposted September 9, 2013 at 11:01 am Reply

    Once in a while I crave something sweet, but when it comes to snacking, salty and savory is what I crave most! This recipe looks delicious, thought I think I’d do it with albacore instead of chicken!

  57. Julie @ Table for Twoposted September 9, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply

    i love naturebox! great way to incorporate them into a yummy chicken salad!

  58. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted September 9, 2013 at 10:24 am Reply

    LOVE Nature Box! And these berries look perfect for this chicken salad – yum!!

  59. Colette @ Coco in the Kitchenposted September 9, 2013 at 11:22 am Reply

    Love the ingredients, Sommer.
    And the ready-roasted chicken is a great shortcut. Perfect, quick lunch. Gotta whip up a big bowl today. Thanks!

  60. naomiposted September 9, 2013 at 10:16 am Reply

    I have to try this stuff!!! Healthy and delicious – sign me up – STAT!

  61. Melissaposted September 9, 2013 at 10:04 am Reply

    Savory treats for me!

  62. Loraposted September 9, 2013 at 9:52 am Reply

    What a wonderful looking salad and Nature Box sounds great!

  63. Karen Lynchposted September 9, 2013 at 9:42 am Reply

    Savory for me. Salad looks wonderful.

  64. Cathyposted September 9, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

    I love both! It really depends on what I am in the mood for.

  65. Sandyposted September 9, 2013 at 9:21 am Reply

    I love savory treats

  66. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted September 9, 2013 at 10:16 am Reply

    I can not decide; I love both but if given the perfect snack it would have a combination of sweet and salty. This product looks great and I love the salad; fruit and chicken are favorites of mine.

  67. Chrisposted September 9, 2013 at 9:07 am Reply

    I have not tried Nature Box yet.
    I like sweet after meals and prefer savory with meals- half and half.

  68. Kim Porterposted September 9, 2013 at 9:03 am Reply

    I prefer savory snacks.

  69. Mariaposted September 9, 2013 at 8:58 am Reply

    LOVE NatureBox! Great recipe!

  70. Wanda McHenryposted September 9, 2013 at 8:47 am Reply

    I prefer sweet snacks.

  71. annaposted September 9, 2013 at 8:42 am Reply

    Now I’m hungry!

  72. Heather Christoposted September 9, 2013 at 7:33 am Reply

    This salad looks so great- love all the little snacks!

  73. Paula - bell'alimentoposted September 9, 2013 at 7:29 am Reply

    These snacks (and that salad) would be perfect for our lunches!

  74. Jeanetteposted September 9, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

    Your salad sounds so good and easy to prepare, and I love the idea of these healthy snacks for the kids tucked into their lunchboxes. Always looking for healthier options that my kids will eat.

  75. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted September 9, 2013 at 7:19 am Reply

    That is a tasty looking chicken salad!

  76. Melanie @ carmelmoments.composted September 9, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

    This looks delicious. I love chicken salad. Thanks. Now I’m hungry again at 9:00. :) Can’t wait to try this version. I also buy rotisserie chicken for this purpose. It makes chicken salad just that much better.

  77. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted September 9, 2013 at 7:10 am Reply

    What a great lunch idea!

  78. Cory Cartposted September 9, 2013 at 9:05 am Reply

    Oh, and I like my sweet in morning and savory in the afternoon!

  79. Cory Cartposted September 9, 2013 at 9:04 am Reply

    I’m so excited to find this brand (and recipe). I will be placing an order very soon.

  80. MaryBethposted September 9, 2013 at 7:02 am Reply

    I’m usually a savory snacker but wouldn’t turn down a sweet snack. See that? I’m an equal opportunity snacker.

  81. Nest Girlposted September 9, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

    I prefer sweet!

  82. Jenny Flakeposted September 9, 2013 at 6:46 am Reply

    LOVELY chicken salad Sommer! I absolutely love Nature Box, they’re healthy snacks are amazing!

  83. Jodyposted September 9, 2013 at 6:36 am Reply

    Sweet and savory together are my favorite snacks! That’s why your chicken salad recipe looks so great! Can’t wait to try it out on my crew!

  84. Connie Wilkersonposted September 9, 2013 at 6:31 am Reply

    I am ordering these today. They look yummy!

  85. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted September 9, 2013 at 6:28 am Reply

    PS: I prefer savory. :)

  86. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted September 9, 2013 at 6:28 am Reply

    Love the flavors in this salad and I have GOT to get on the nature box bandwagon… entering now!!

  87. Carolposted September 9, 2013 at 6:11 am Reply

    My family has a sweet tooth; they got it from me! I have to pick the sweet snacks.

  88. Tieghanposted September 9, 2013 at 6:03 am Reply

    I wish my lunches looked like this when I was in school! Looks so good, I would happily eat this everyday for lunch!

  89. coriposted September 9, 2013 at 5:25 am Reply

    Usually sweet for me

  90. Aimeeposted September 9, 2013 at 4:56 am Reply

    I love these kinds of snacks – for both the kids and I! ;)