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Southern Chicken Berry Salad

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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. 

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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.

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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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Chicken Salad Recipe with Berries

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
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. 
Servings: 6


  • 1 whole rotisserie or baked chicken boned and shredded into chunks
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 ounces NatureBox Cherry Berry Bonanza dried cherries, blueberries, and cranberries
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste


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


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 451kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 98mg, Sodium: 252mg, Potassium: 380mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 1000IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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92 comments on “Southern Chicken Berry Salad”

  1. Sommer where do you find the Berry Bonanza ?

  2. Delish

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  4. 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.

  5. sweet is my favorite!

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

  7. Love healthy snacks!!!

  8. I’m definitely a sweet snack girl.

  9. I always prefer sweet snacks!!
    Thank you!

  10. Your products rock!

  11. Savory for sure!

  12. I prefer savory snack.s

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

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

  15. 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. :)

  16. I love both sweet and savory. Thanks.

  17. I love savory snacks.

  18. Both. I like slightly sweet and slightly salty.

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

  20. I’m a SAVORY kind of girl.

  21. Depends on my mood… but usually I prefer sweet!

  22. I’m a savory girl these days.

  23. I love all things sweet!

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

  25. Yummy looking dish and the giveaway looks so good.

  26. Sweets for sure! Otherwise, savory! :-)

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  28. i ALWAYS prefer sweet snacks! I’m bad!

  29. Savory, savory, savory!

  30. I love sweet goodies!

  31. I love savory snacks!

  32. I love all things sweet!

  33. I prefer sweet snacks

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

  35. I love me some sweets!

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

  37. I like savory snacks

  38. I am a savory kinda girl

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

  40. I love to mix sweet and savory snacks!

  41. I love a mix of sweet and savory!

  42. I love to mix savory with sweet:)

  43. 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.

  44. savory in the afternoon…sweet in the evening!

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

  46. Mmmm. Great looking chicken salad :)

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

  48. I love savory

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

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

  51. Could one substitute Greek Yogurt for the mayonnaise?

  52. I’m in for savory!

  53. Savory snacks rule for sure!

  54. 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!

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

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

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

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

  59. Savory treats for me!

  60. What a wonderful looking salad and Nature Box sounds great!

  61. Savory for me. Salad looks wonderful.

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

  63. I love savory treats

  64. 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.

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

  66. I prefer savory snacks.

  67. LOVE NatureBox! Great recipe!

  68. I prefer sweet snacks.

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

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

  71. 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.

  72. That is a tasty looking chicken salad!

  73. 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.

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

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

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

  77. I prefer sweet!

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

  79. 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!

  80. I am ordering these today. They look yummy!

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

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

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

  84. Usually sweet for me

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