Recipe: Copycat Trader Joe's Wine Country Chicken Salad

This might just be the easiest lunch recipe I have up on the blog. And really, it's just my interpretation of a recipe I have loved for years: Trader Joe's Wine Country Chicken Salad. There is something about the sweet-and-tangy sauce, the crunchy pecans and sweet and sour cranberries that makes this chicken salad especially satisfying, and that is what I am ALL about when it comes to lunches! Easy? Check. Satisfying and energizing for my busy day? Check and check again. Did I mention the sauce only has 4 ingredients (not including salt, of course)? You NEED to make this one!

Copycat Trader Joe's Wine Country Chicken Salad Makes about 4 cups Print Recipe

Sauce: 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I like homemade or avocado oil based) 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp poppyseeds 2 tbsp honey (more to desired sweetness) pinch sea salt


~3 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken (rotisserie is the easiest) 1/3 cup finely chopped celery 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup chopped pecans

1. Whisk sauce ingredients together. Taste for sweetness and add more honey or salt to taste.

2. Toss together chicken, celery, cranberries and pecans. Mix well with sauce. Taste again and season if necessary.

Serve over greens of choice, or as a sandwich or wrap.

Do you have a favorite Trader Joe's prepared item you'd like me to recreate?? Let me know over on Instagram! I love me some TJ's.

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