Paleo Chicken Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad Recipe

What flavors say fall to you? Some of my favorites are apples, cranberries, grapes and nuts. Put them together any way you want and it’s sure to come up delicious…

So why not a salad?

I’ve had this little combo on the back burner for a month or so, just waiting for the right time.

Let’s face it, it’s not a revolutionary salad. But this particular combination of fall fruit with fresh-cooked chicken tastes amazing together. That’s why I love it so much. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best, right?

Well, this paleo salad recipe couldn’t be any easier. Chicken, pecans, grapes, apples, cranberry, celery, pecans, and shallots. Done.

Some of the best flavors of fall, all in one delicious bite! Awesome!

Make this for dinner, or for a nutritious paleo lunch.

I’ve also included a little recipe for a quick “mayo” dressing that uses a raw egg and needs an immersion blender. If you don’t want to mess with it, that’s perfectly fine. Just use a pre-made dressing of your choosing.

Hope you love all the wonderful flavors of fall in this dish!

Enjoy!  :)

easy paleo recipe for a chicken, apple, cranberry, grape and pecan salad

Easy Chicken Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad Recipe

by Trina
Very simple paleo and gluten-free salad recipe loaded with a cornucopia of fall flavors. Includes recipe for a creamy homemade dressing
Course Entree, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


Salad Ingredients

  • 4 cups shredded chicken – I used rotisserie
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup sliced red grapes
  • 1 apple cored and chopped – I used Granny Smith
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2-3 tbsp finely-chopped shallot or red onion use more if you like

Optional "Mayo" Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Toss all the salad ingredients together in a big bowl
  • To make the dressing, use a immersion blender in a tall container. Mix the egg, oil, lemon juice, mustard and honey. Next salt and pepper to taste. You can add anything you want to this basic mayo – herbs, honey, or whatever!
  • Mix the mayo into your salad – as much or little as you like
  • Eat up! (This makes a big bowl of salad, plenty for a party or leftovers!)
Keyword salad, apple, grape, cranberry, pecan, paleo, gluten-free

Join the Conversation

  1. Anonymous says:

    How many servings does this make? Thanks!

    1. I really didn’t measure this one out — but you’ve got 9 cups of stuff in there so it’s a pretty decent size. Hope that helps :)

  2. Def gonna make this right now! I roasted a chicken on Sunday and this is perfect for leftovers. Besides, apples and chicken are such a great combo! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love love love the salad but I’m not a big fan of the dressing…maybe I did something wrong but all I could taste with the dressing was the oil.

    1. Alley, I’m not sure. Maybe the dressing is just not your thing. There are tons of great dressings out there. Almost anything would work well with the salad. I’m glad you tried it. :)

  4. Natalie Battershield says:

    Can this be frozen once made?

    1. Natalie, I wouldn’t advise it with all of the fruit I the salad. May be just make 1/2 of the recipe? :)

  5. Oh I’d chomp that all day long! #noms #somebodysmakingsexyfoodforfall #flavorfall

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