July 22, 2012

Pineapple-Pecan Chicken Salad


I'm baaaaaack!  I've been unplugged for almost a week now, spending some time at the beach with my Mom.  I had a week of two of my favorite things ... the beach, and hanging out with Mom.  We stayed up way too late, drank way too much wine, and had way too much fun.  Well ... strike that last one ... it's not possible to have too much fun, is it?

And the day after I got back from the beach, I headed out on a day trip with some friends to do one of my other favorite things - wine tasting!  Yes, I love me some wine.  (North Carolina has quite the up-and-coming wine region, by the way, with over 100 wineries across the state.  Check 'em out at visitncwine.com.)

So I guess I've been very spoiled this past week.

Hmmm, so now I'll spoil myself with one of my favorite chicken salads, this Pineapple-Pecan Chicken Salad.

Chicken salad is one of my favorite lunch foods.  Since I eat it so often, I mix it up with lots of different variations ... you've gotta change it up, right?  This version has such a nice, refreshing flavor with all the pineapple in it.  Just perfect for summer.  Whether it be summer time at the beach, or wine tasting, or any of our other favorite summer things.
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Pineapple-Pecan Chicken Salad
Source:  Adapted from Seaboard To Sideboard  by The Junior League of Wilmington, NC
(Printable recipe)
3 c. chopped cooked chicken breasts
1 c. finely chopped celery
2 green onions, sliced (about 3 T.)
2 T. finely chopped green pepper
1 tsp. salt
Dash of black pepper
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple tidbits, drained
2 T. lemon juice

1.  Combine chicken, celery, green onion, green pepper, salt, black pepper, and mayonnaise in a bowl; mix well.  Stir in pecans, pineapple, and lemon juice.

2.  Chill for about 30 minutes before serving.



  1. This salad looks delicious! And I loved your "about me" profile :) Am now going to FB to like you there! Looking forward to exploring your recipes/blog:)

    1. Thank you! And welcome to The Playground!! I wrote my 'About Me' page while I was at jury duty one day ... I had quite a bit of time to think. :-)

  2. A great salad for summer! Patsy

  3. Tracey,
    Your Chicken Salad looks delicious, I just love the addition of the pineapple, this is a great recipe. http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/2012/07/full-plate-thursday-7-26-12.html

  4. Tracey,
    I want to make EVERYTHING I see on your blog the minute I see it! I am crazy about everything you make!

  5. Nice to unplug. I'll be doing again at the end of the month. Love the nuts in this salad. They really make it special.

  6. Ooo, this looks so fresh and yummy! Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck!
    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

  7. What a wonderful idea. Sounds delicious. I'd love if you could link up to Thursday Food Fest at http://www.theeaseoffreeze.com. I open Wed at 7pm. Congrats on your feature! Sarah


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