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Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup honey mustard
3 tablespoons lemon juice
6 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
as many as you need mini croissants
1 cup lettuce leaves

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad Sandwiches

  • Serves 8
  • Easy

About This Recipe

I don’t remember the first time I tasted a croissant. I do know that I have never had a real croissant from France. In Minnesota, the best you get is really a facsimile of a true, flaky, buttery croissant.

Croissants in Minnesota make me think of Calvin Trillin’s daughter in his fabulous book “Feeding a Yen.” She said, “Daddy, how come in Kansas City the bagels taste like just round bread?”

So true.

So the best thing to do with croissants in the Midwest is to turn them into a sandwich. They make wonderful sandwiches. And the best thing for a filling is some kind of chicken salad.

This recipe for Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad is good enough to eat on its own. You can add pasta to it to turn it into a pasta salad. Or you can cram it into a croissant.

Yum. Try it! If you have ever tasted a true French croissant, this recipe may make you not miss them so much.

Maybe.

Why this recipe works:

  • Croissants hold up well when used for sandwiches. Their structure helps them stand up to fillings with a lot of ingredients.
  • The crunch of celery and walnuts adds great texture to these little sandwiches.
  • You can, of course, use ordinary sandwich buns or even toasted bread to hold the filling. Or serve the filling on its own as a salad. Add some cooked pasta if you’d like.

Steps

1
Done

In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, honey mustard, and lemon juice and mix well.

2
Done

Add the chicken, celery, cranberries, and walnuts and mix well.

3
Done

Slice those croissants in half and make a sandwich with the chicken salad and the lettuce. Dig in.

lindaBest

Linda is a home economist who has authored 40 books (39 cookbooks and Medical Ethics for Dummies). She has worked for Pillsbury since 1988, on the Bake-Off and other projects. Linda has been a web presence since 2002, developing recipes and teaching people how to cook.

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