apple, dried cranberry & thyme chicken salad

i like my salads… tuna salad, shrimp salad, chicken salad, egg salad etc.  i love the fact that i can make a batch of some kind of salad at the beginning of the week & have it for lunch or post workout snacks.  there so many ways of shaking things up so that you don’t get bored.  i made this one up when i really didn’t have much in the fridge & it really has been one of the best i have ever made.  it actually ended up being one of the best & most healthy chicken salads i’ve ever made.  i didn’t have a lot of chicken, so there is almost more veggies & fruit in this salad than chicken.  it can even be made vegetarian/ vegan, the recipe adjustments will be at the bottom of the page.  be prepared to be addicted.

1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken, cooked & cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 apple, cored & cut into 1/2 inch pieces (i used honey crisp)
1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
2/3 cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, grated
1/2 cup mayo
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
olive oil
salt & pepper

. combine everything except olive oil & salt/pepper
. add olive oil to loosen chicken salad to your liking (use less mayo & more olive if you would like)
. salt & pepper to taste

** the vegetarian/ vegan version**

. simply use 1 1/2 apples & replace chicken with about a cup of pecans or walnuts ( i toast & cool them if i use them in this recipe)

. do as above & replace regular mayo for vegan mayo

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