Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad With Dried Cranberries Recipe

This mandarin orange chicken salad with dried cranberries is totally yum!!!

This idea came from a facebook fan. She said her 4 year old son just loves this salad. This really piqued my interest because as of late, Mini Chef has been going through a stage where he does not want to eat the salads he normally eats with enthusiasm. So either he’s going through a normal phase like all kids do, or he’s completely bored with the salad I usually fix him. I’m betting on boredom because my munchkin loves his salads.

Clean Eating Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad With Dried Cranberries shown up close in a metallic bowl.

I was recently in a car accident. A rear ender. Nothing too serious, but boy can something like that do some damage to the body! It’s been a full week and I’m just now starting to be able to stand long enough in the kitchen to actually make something quick for dinner. I realize the accident could have been much worse, so I’m not complaining. Believe me. I’m pretty grateful it wasn’t any worse than it was. But even so, food is a challenge when you can’t prepare it yourself. We ended up eating a lot of restaurant food and my body is NOT happy about that!

But the good news is that I’m on the mend, and was finally able to stand long enough to make this Clean Eating Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad. It’s actually a really perfect salad for the coming warmer months. I will be making this a lot when the evenings become too hot to cook. It’s cool, sweet and refreshing. And best of all, it comes together quick!

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Clean Eating Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad With Dried Cranberries

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad with Dried Cranberries

This wonderful salad can be enjoyed as a side salad or as a main meal!
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 107kcal



  • 9 oz. bag romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 12 oz. cooked, shredded chicken breast
  • 3 medium mandarin oranges (peeled and segmented)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (fruit juice sweetened)


  • cup orange juice (no sugar added)
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 1 smidgeon garlic powder (if you don’t have a smidgeon measuring spoon, just a pinch with your fingers will do)
  • 1 tsp. honey (optional if the orange juice is not very sweet)
  • salt to taste


  • Mix the salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  • Pour some dressing over your salad and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 5930IU | Vitamin C: 25.9mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.7mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 4/6/13.

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  1. Wow…I have all this stuff in my pantry. I know what I having for dinner. Nice that you use fresh Mandarin oranges rather than canned. Great recipes…Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mike – My pleasure! I hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. taylor @ taylormade says:

    YUM – this salad sounds amazing. I just stumbled across your blog and I’m loving your clean eating recipes — can’t wait to keep reading ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Taylor – Welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This looks like a great salad! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tammy – Thanks! Hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. This looks delicious — and very pretty, too!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelly – I believe in presentation. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. IS there any sugar in this and how much

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Terri – Natural sugar from the fruit, yes. You’d have to enter the recipe into a recipe calculator to get the amount though. My Fitness Pal makes it super easy.

  6. Christina says:

    5 stars
    The picture looks like there is goat cheese in the salad, but I don’t see that in the recipe.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christina – No, that’s the chicken. It’s just super shredded. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I am always looking for different types of salad – some can be very boring – but this one looks great! Since mandarin oranges have been on sale for a few weeks now, I will definitely make this soon. Thank you so much.