Some days I think I’ve lost my mind.  Saturday was one of them when I found myself making chicken salad for lunch.  There were a few things wrong with the scene.  1.) I was toasting pecans, 2.) I was adding fresh celery to a salad, and 3.) I was making chicken salad.  I don’t “do” any of those things and since I firmly decided as a child that salads with mayonnaise (aside from egg and tuna and only if my mom or I make them) weren’t touching these lips, I’ve avoided them at all costs.  Yet, I had this bubbling curiosity to make this salad when it came up for Project Pastry Queen this week.


And when I say this lunch was a treat, I really mean it.  Crisp apples, meaty yet almost sweet pecans, shredded chicken, and squeeze of fresh lemon juice all sandwiched within a toasty croissant – that’s what I’m calling a great lunch!  I passed on the homemade mayo since Kyle has sensitivity to uncooked eggs and I didn’t want a ton leftover but I’ve been reading today that the mayo was something else.  I also went really light on the mayo – maybe 1/3 cup as opposed to the 1/2 to 3/4 cup the recipe calls for.  Shawnda hosted this week’s Project Pastry Queen and you’ll see that she also served the salad on croissants for The Foodie Baby’s 1st birthday party.  I think it would also be great served on the mini croissants I saw in the grocery store yesterday for a cocktail party or bridal shower.  I’m thrilled with my picky self for making this salad and am even more thrilled that I’ve got leftovers for lunch this week!

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 sandwiches


  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecan halves
  • 2 whole boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled, and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup red onion, minced
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 - ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, mix the pecans, chicken, apples, celery, green onion, red onion, and parsley together. Stir in the mayonnaise, starting with 1/3 cup and adding more to your preference. Give the lemon a squirt or two over the salad and stir to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper to taste.