Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples and Candied Walnuts, a Perfect Little Sandwich for Autumn

Honeycrisp Chicken Salad |

Finding comforting ways to use fresh, seasonal ingredients is one of my favorite things about cooking; it’s a wonderful challenge!

And the more simple a recipe is, the more one can really taste the flavor of those seasonal ingredients, and find the joy and simple pleasure in them.

Honeycrisp Chicken Salad |

Honeycrisp Chicken Salad |

Honeycrisp apples, just as their name implies, are incredibly crisp, sweet and juicy—they embody that wonderfully fruity and earthy flavor of fall, and brighten up so very many recipes that call for the autumn-centered fruit.

And they’re perfect when combined with lightly toasted and candied walnuts, which offer a warm, nutty crunch and meaty texture under tooth. The two together are a lovely pair for adding into a cool and creamy chicken salad, and can turn that simple salad into an irresistible offering, one that simply begs to be spooned and piled high upon toasted, buttery brioche bread.

Honeycrisp Chicken Salad |

Honeycrisp Chicken Salad |

There’s often still a bit of warmth in the autumn, and a sweet little bit of sun that makes the temperatures golden; and a light and fresh chicken salad blended with a hint of mayo, some fresh herbs and those mouthwatering flavors of fresh apples and walnuts is a perfect little salad to turn into a sandwich to nibble on for brunch, or in the afternoon when something cool and creamy is craved.

It’s a scrumptious and autumn-y take on a classic chicken salad, one wonderfully fit to share and indulge in when a soul longs for a bit of uncomplicated comfort.

Honeycrisp Chicken Salad |

So with all of the bursting and full flavors that this season has to offer, may they be put to uniquely good use to satisfy our cravings for coziness and sweet-savory bites; and may the light of the autumn fall golden and lazily over your afternoons, so that each taste of good food may be an inspired one.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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  • Thalia @ butter and brioche September 15, 2014, 5:55 pm

    I too love simple recipes! This sandwich looks delicious and perfect for a light nutritious lunch. Thanks for the recipe, i definitely will be recreating it.

  • barb April 17, 2015, 1:43 pm

    i LOVE this recipe and have made it several times. it has the most addicting flavor! because i’m gluten free, i eat it in corn tortillas with a bit of romaine. yum!!

  • The Cozy Apron April 19, 2015, 5:52 pm

    Barb, what a great way to customize this recipe for your dietary needs! Sounds delish. Thanks so much for sharing your comments!

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