Extra-creamy and loaded with crunchy apples and cranberries, this colorful chicken salad makes the perfect filler for these beautiful and healthy lettuce wraps!
Sooo..I’m currently trying to contain myself from screaming out the news that these lettuce wraps are EVERYTHING!
Hey, don’t judge my excitement! I sorta need something to get pumped about since vacation time in Florida is done, and post-vacay diets have officially begun. Oh, wait. I’m in the middle of culinary school where people literally LAUGH at the word diet.
Either way, we are SO doing curried apple cranberry chicken salad lettuce wraps today. That 17-hour drive across the country yesterday was particularly long and slightly-exhausting, and well…today is the first Monday after a two-week vacation.
I need all the coffee money can buy for breakfast this morning. And all the lettuce wraps my backpack will physically hold for lunch at school today. That is all.
Speaking of such awesomeness…guys, we need to have a serious discussion about this thing called lettuce wraps. As in, WHY has no one ever informed me that they’re probably something I would totally develop a crush on and LOVE?!
I mean, I’m totally over here buying up all the butter/romaine lettuce and giving my tortillas the boot.
Only the best to hold my end-all-be-all chicken salad.
And while we’re on THAT same subject…oh MAN, peeps! You should just put away any other chicken salad recipe you might have for good because THIS is the one you’ve been waiting for! That one killer chicken salad that just beats all the others. Period.
Just forget about all that other stuff you may have thought about chicken salad because you’ve just found THE keeper.
And SURPRISE, surprise! It’s fall-flavored and totally seasonal since a ton of sweet, crispy apples and tangy dried cranberries somehow fell into the bowl.. What a strange coinky-dink, you know with it being fall and all. 😉
Just look at all the lovely-ness loaded into one bowl. I don’t know about you, but it just makes my heart go pitter-patter over all the COLOR.
Oh, geez…dressing now too? Well, OBVI. We’ve gotta have something to balance out all the clearly-healthy goodness we’ve got goin’ on here.
Now…into the lettuce boat goes a nicely-sized plop of the world’s prettiest and so-gosh-darn-good chicken salad…
And doooown goes Sarah. I can’t handle it, guys…***insert heart-eyed emojiis***
I don’t know about you, but Monday is suddenly looking quite a bit more doable now that I have lettuce wraps. I blame it on the fact that I have like four of these in my lunch bag currently.
C’mon, admit it. You know lunchtime is gonna ROCK!
Curried Apple Cranberry Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
- 2 cups cooked diced chicken
- 1 honeycrisp apple diced
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup minced celery
- 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 1 green onion thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon dijjon mustard
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Butter lettuce or romaine lettuce leaves
In a large bowl, combine chicken, apple, cranberries, celery, almonds, parsley, and green onion. In a separate bowl, whisk mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and curry powder until smooth. Pour dressing over chicken mixture and stir until chicken salad is evenly coated. Season salad with salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon salad into lettuce leaves and serve immediately.
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