During the holiday season, we’re busy, and many of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking. For a fast and delightful meal, make a chicken salad with lots of flavor and the sweet tang of fruit-juice sweetened dried cranberries. I’m calling it Holiday Chicken Salad, but it is really a year-round favorite of mine. You may add or delete ingredients to meet your family’s need. If you have baked chicken left over, make a salad. It’s also a fast dinner fix with a store-rotisserie chicken as prep time is only 15 minutes. Chilling at least an hour helps flavor to mingle. It’s even better the second day.
Peppery arugula is the perfect vessel for this savory-sweet dish. My combination of arugula (with phytochemicals), dried cranberries (rich in antioxidants), dried nectarines ( with iron, potassium and antioxidants) and pecans (lowers bad cholesterol) is healthy and a wonderful treat for the senses in colors and taste.