This Cherry Almond Chicken Salad is perfect for a light, healthy and satisfying lunch. Shredded cooked chicken is combined with dried cherries, toasted almonds, onions and celery and is then tossed in a light creamy dressing. This recipes yields 5 (1 cup) servings.

Cherry Toasted Almond Chicken Salad

I don’t always meal prep lunch but when I do, I make chicken salad.

Depending on what I’m in the mood for, I usually alternate between chipotle chicken salad, this avocado grilled chicken salad, curried chicken salad, the classic chicken salad with grapes and pecans or the one I’m sharing today. All of these taste amazing and are great to have on hand for a quick healthy lunch.

In this particular salad, shredded cooked chicken is tossed with celery, onions, dried cherries and toasted almonds. The best part, in my opinion, is the dressing! A simple creamy dressing of mayonnaise, greek yogurt and lemon juice is sweetened with a little honey and seasoned with everything (but the bagel) seasoning.

Cherry Toasted Almond Chicken Salad

I like to top my cherry almond chicken salad with micro greens and extra everything seasoning and serve with with crackers and bibb lettuce leaves.

ingredients for Cherry Toasted Almond Chicken Salad

To Make This Cherry Toasted Almond Salad You Will Need:

for the dressing:

  • plain nonfat greek yogurtLends creaminess without adding fat.
  • mayonnaiseAdds creaminess and flavor.
  • lemon juiceThins out and brightens the dressing.
  • honeyAdds a touch of sweetness.
  • everything seasoning – Use homemade or store-bought.
  • kosher saltEnhances the flavors in the dressing.
  • freshly ground black pepperAdds subtle bite and flavor.

for the salad:

  • yellow onionLends delicious onion flavor and some crunchy texture.
  • sliced almondsAdd toasty, nutty flavor and crunch.
  • shredded cooked chickenUse leftover roasted chicken or rotisserie.
  • celeryLends earthy flavor and crunchy texture.
  • dried cherriesAdds texture and sweetness.
  • green onionFor a mild onion flavor.
  • parsley (fresh) – For a pop of dark green.

dressing ingredients in bowl

Make The Dressing:

In a small bowl mix 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, the juice of 1/2 a small lemon, 2 teaspoons honey, 1 tablespoon everything seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and about 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.

whisked dressing ingredients

Stir well to combine and so that the honey is mixed throughout.

soaking onions in ice water

Prep Ingredients:

Add 1/2 a medium, finely diced yellow onion to a bowl with ice and water. Let them soak 5 to 10 minutes.

What Happens When You Soak Onions In Ice Water?

Soaking onions in ice water removes a lot of the bite. You still get onion flavor but it’s mellowed out considerably.

toasted sliced almonds

Next, toast 1/2 cup of sliced almonds in a dry pan until golden, tossing occasionally. Remove off of the heat and cool.

Measure, dice or roughly chop the remaining ingredients.

prepped salad ingredients in bowl

Make The Salad:

In a mixing bowl, add 3 cups of shredded chicken, the (drained) yellow onions, 1/2 cup celery 1/3 cup dried cherries (roughly chopped), toasted almonds, 3 sliced green onions and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley.

pour in dressing

Lastly pour in the creamy dressing.




Until combined. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cherry Toasted Almond Chicken Salad

How To Serve Chicken Salad:

  • seedy crackers – I like Mary’s Gone crackers.
  • toasted bread – Try it on croissant bread OMG.
  • lettuce – Serve on or wrapped in romaine, iceberg or bibb lettuce.
  • sandwich or wrap – Tuck it into a croissant, lavash or wrap of choice or in pita bread.

What To Serve With Chicken Salad:

  • Fresh fruit
  • veggies
  • chips of choice
  • small cup of soup

Cherry Toasted Almond Chicken Salad

How To Store Chicken Salad:

Store leftovers in a large container or individual personal size containers with a tight fitting lid.

How Long Will Chicken Salad Last In The Fridge?

If stored properly, chicken salad can last up to 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.


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Cherry Toasted Almond Chicken Salad

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Yield: 5 servings

Dried Cherry Toasted Almond Chicken Salad

This Cherry Almond Chicken Salad is perfect for a light, healthy and satisfying lunch. Shredded cooked chicken is combined with dried cherries, toasted almonds, onions and celery and is then tossed in a light creamy dressing.
Yields 5 (1 cup) servings.



  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 small lemon, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon everything seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely dined
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley



  • In a small bowl combine yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, everything bagel seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.


  • Finely dice the yellow onion and add it to a bowl of ice water and soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add sliced almonds to a dry skillet and toast over medium to medium-low heat, tossing ocassionally, until golden and fragrant. About 5 to 7 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  • In a mixing bowl, add chicken, (drained) yellow onions, toasted almonds, celery, chopped dried cherries, green onions and parsley.
  • Pour in the dressing and toss well to combine.
  • Chill until ready to serve or enjoy immediately.
  • Serve with crackers, with romaine or bibb lettuce leaves or on a bed of spring greens.
  • Store leftovers in a container with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate up to 3 to 5 days.


Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.
Serving: 1cup, Calories: 302kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 540mg, Potassium: 326mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 515IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 60mg, Iron: 2mg