Apple Apple Chicken Salad with Cider Dressing – Double the apples, double the love with this delicious fall salad. That cider dressing is incredible!
We’ve been running full out for the last few weeks and our fall break is just around the corner. Sophie will be off this week from school and Michael next week. It’s time to slow down a bit, rejuvenate, and take care of ourselves a bit. We’d love to take long drives to stare at the gorgeous changing leaves or visit our local cider press. But we live in the desert and those don’t exist here. So we’ll eat fall foods, watch fall movies, read fall children’s books, and find pumpkin patches to peruse.
This Apple Apple Chicken Salad is so delicious. I dreamed of it for weeks before making it a reality. Dried apples, crisp fresh apples, and a cider vinaigrette make apple the star of the show. Tart blackberries, purple grapes, and lettuce fill things out, and the savory bites of celery, almonds, and chicken cut through all that sweetness and keep your taste buds grounded. It’s a meal that will fill you up without filling you out, and will give you just the taste of fall you need.
I live and die by Honeycrisp apples this time of year. They’re The Apple of All Apples, but if they’re not your favorite, you can sub in any kind you fancy. The rest of the salad is all just as flexible–you can try dried Granny Smiths or even cinnamon apple chips in place of the fuji ones I used. You can swap pecans for the almonds, or skip the chicken to keep it meatless. Not dairy free? Some little cubes of Brie would be diviiiiine. If you want a higher veggie-to-fruit ratio, shredded carrots or a bit of green onion would be great here. Make it your own, as always.
Serve it all up with some fresh cornbread or some tortilla chips if you need something on the side. It would also pair beautifully with a cup of hot soup. Whatever you need to get that cozy fall feeling in your house.
What recipes make you feel fall-ish? Anything you’re looking forward to during a fall break?Print