Food File: The Lunch Menu

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad[Photo via Plum Pie]

I anticipate Food File to either be food I tried to recreate or a pretty list of links. This section used to be called "Food Porn," but Food File seems much more appropriate. Let me direct you to this week's recipe from the blog Plum Pie.

Jason and I decided we should make a (relatively) healthy lunch which would last most of the week. I'm not sure where I initially saw the link, but the recipe seemed similar to something my grandma used to make. We decided to give it a try. I love fruit and nuts in my chicken salad, but I'm used to a certain sweetness. Like it says in the recipe, this version is a bit more savory than sweet. I definitely tasted a tanginess that was new to me. We substituted walnuts for pecans and I assume both work fine. It was quite a bit of mixing and I'm really glad we doubled the recipe. It made about 4 lunches each. The picture I took is pretty sad, but the chicken salad was delicious.

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Other recipes I recently came across come from Lauren Conrad's site. They have some super delicious-sounding suggestions!

Lauren Conrad // 4 perfect Tea Sandwiches

Lauren Conrad's 4 perfect Tea Sandwiches


  1. For some reason I have been absolutely nuts about chicken salad lately. I think it's one of those foods that just fits so neatly in the "summer" catagory that warm weather automatically makes me start to crave it. I'll have to try that cranberry pecan version, it looks delicious.

  2. I just LOVE chicken salad with fruit and nuts in it! I'm usually partial towards grapes in mine, but this sounds delicious. I'm also a huge fan of tea sandwiches, so I'll have to go check out her other recipes!

    xox Sammi

  3. I love grapes too or celery to add crunch. Yeah Lauren Conrad's site is surprisingly good sometimes, like she's good at lifestyle stuff.