Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad

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Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad

Who doesn’t love apples, chicken and warm spices mixed into a salad?

Well if you’re like me and this sounds like the perfect combo, then you’re going to love this Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad.

This is a great fall salad when your favorite apples are in season. I featured this recipe in my 7-Day Salad Diet Challenge because it’s basically great year-round, not just the fall season!

It’s filled with low-sugar, fiber-rich fruit and lean protein – a winning combination for losing weight with the 17 Day Diet!

Don’t let the warmer weather keep you from trying this recipe – it’s really great year-round!

It would be perfect using grilled chicken, so make sure you add this to your Summer BBQ recipe rotation list!

Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad
Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad – features Cycle 3 friendly walnuts and avocado (optional)

What Type of Apple Is Best?

You can’t go wrong with your choice of apple in this recipe.

For me, I love the crunch and sweetness of an Envy Apple.

A Granny Smith would be great as well – it won’t be as sweet as a Honey Crisp or a Gala, but it would be equally as delicious!

Apples are full of fiber and a perfect ingredient for soups, salads and dessert!


Next, you’ll love the warm spices in this recipe.

It reminds me of an apple pie, but you’re eating a healthy salad instead!

Add warm spices to your dishes to deepen the flavors!

Cycle 3 Additions

Let’s have some fun in Cycle 3! How about healthy fats to help keep you satiated!

Avocado is a nice contrasting flavor and texture to the crunchiness of this salad.

Walnuts would also be another great addition to this salad during Cycle 3.

If you add in a few red grapes (Cycle 1 approved), then you have yourself a lighter version of a Chicken Waldorf Salad!

Walnuts are a great healthy fat for Cycle 3

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If you make this salad, please come back and give the recipe a 5-star review and let me know if you added the extra Cycle 3 ingredients!

Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad

Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad
Yield: 1 Serving

Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A perfect combination of crunchy apples, lean protein and warm spices for a fall-inspired salad!


For Salad Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of cardamom
  • Dash of salt
  • Stevia to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

For Remaining Salad:

  • 1 chicken breast, cooked and diced
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • Wedge of lemon, for serving
  • Favorite lettuce greens
  • 1/4 Avocado, cubed (optional - Cycle 3)
  • Chopped Walnuts (optional - Cycle 3)


  1. Mix the lemon juice, spices, salt and sweetener in a bowl.
  2. Next, whisk in olive oil until well combined.
  3. Add cooked diced chicken, apples, celery and additional optional ingredients of your choosing into the salad dressing and toss to combine.
  4. Best to allow salad to chill for 20 minutes.
  5. Serve on a bed of lettuce, with a lemon wedge for garnish.


Approved for all cycles.

See optional ingredients for Cycle 3.

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