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Baby Kale Chicken Cherry Salad

This baby kale chicken cherry salad highlights the best of summer fruit with easy shredded leftover chicken for a light and healthy meal.

Considering all the convenience foods out there, I still seriously don’t understand how or why pre-shredded chicken breast isn’t on the market.

In a country full of lazy and/or time crunched consumers who are always looking for ways to get dinner on the table in as little time as possible, this seems like a hugely overlooked opportunity.

Maybe this is my million dollar idea in life and I should work on ways to get this to market rather than sit here complaining about how it doesn’t exist to the internet…

This baby kale chicken cherry salad highlights the best of summer fruit with easy shredded leftover chicken for a light and healthy meal.

So while I can’t save you the 5 minutes it takes to shred that leftover chicken whether it’s from a store bought rotisserie bird you picked up on the way home from work the other day, the resulting meat from cooking a stewing hen or, some BBQ breast from the grill over the weekend, I’m back with my girls this month to give you six healthy recipe ideas of what to do with shredded chicken.

From salads to dips to casseroles and everything in between, we’ve got you covered on how to repurpose everyone’s most common leftover!


Hawaiian Chicken Noodle Bowls from Fit Foodie Finds

Get your meal prep on with these delicious Hawaiian Chicken Noodles Bowls made with shredded chicken, tons of veggies, and rice noodles!

Hawaiian Chicken Noodle Bowls

Buffalo Chicken Dip from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

This lightened up Buffalo Chicken Dip is packed with veggies and loaded with flavor. It is the perfect cleaned up version of your favorite hearty appetizer, that can also be devoured as a main dish, too!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Almond Butter Chicken Salad from Eating Bird Food

This almond butter chicken salad skips the mayo and instead uses an almond butter and apple cider vinegar dressing! Studded with raisins, fresh grapes and chopped almonds, this chicken salad is perfect for serving in lettuce wraps or on your favorite sandwich bread.

Almond Butter Chicken Salad

Cajun Cauliflower Casserole from Food Faith Fitness

This Cajun cauliflower casserole tastes like a bowl of Jambalaya but is secretly loaded with hidden veggies and protein! It’s a gluten free, paleo-friendly meal that the whole family will love!

Cajun Cauliflower Casserole

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls

No need for takeout with this Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl! Made just like your favorite restaurant’s burrito bowl, this recipe is filling, healthy and the perfect way to use your leftover shredded chicken!

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls

If you’ve read any recent posts of mine lately (like the blackened shrimp tacos with grilled corn cherry salsa), it should come as no surprise that I just had to take advantage of the amazing summer fruit in this baby kale chicken cherry salad.

Cherries and Currants make this Baby Kale Chicken Cherry Salad a healthy, light summer meal.

Besides the fresh cherries (which I just can’t get enough of right now), these gorgeous red currants popped up in my local grocery store and were just begging to be thrown into the mix.

From their tart brightness to the sweeter cherry halves, this baby kale salad is bursting with summer flavor and freshness.

Shredded grilled BBQ chicken breast from a few days prior gives the salad some staying power and the basil Dijon dressing just brings the whole thing together for a repurposed meal that feels anything but repurposed.

This Baby Kale Chicken Cherry Salad is bursting with summer flavor and tossed in a basil dijon dressing.

More salads like this try:

The Best Baby Kale Salad
Winter Chopped Kale Salad
Chopped Crispy Citrus Chicken Salad
Radicchio Endive Fennel Salad with Tangy Dijon Herb Dressing
Lemony Shaved Asparagus Tomato Salad

Baby Kale Chicken Cherry Salad

This baby kale chicken cherry salad highlights the best of summer fruit with easy shredded leftover chicken for a light and healthy meal.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings


For the salad

  • 4 cups baby kale
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 ounces shredded leftover chicken I used a grilled BBQ chicken breast
  • 1 cup pitted halved cherries
  • 1/2 cup micro greens
  • 1/4 cup red currants
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • water as needed to thin


  • Combine all the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl.
  • Place all the ingredients for the dressing except the olive oil and water in a food processor. Process until finely chopped. With food processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Process until smooth, adding a little bit of water as necessary to thin dressing to desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing into the bowl with the salad, toss gently until fully coated and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 455mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 15g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Salads
Keyword Chicken cherry salad, kale chicken cherry salad, paleo

Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

Recipe Rating

Cassie Autumn Tran

Saturday 27th of August 2016

LOVE cherries. The cauliflower casserole looks wonderful too!


Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

Those colors! Gorgeous salad Gina!

Sakura Beauty

Sunday 31st of July 2016

Love all the shredded chicken recipes, too. thanks for your post


Friday 29th of July 2016

This salad looks absolutely amazing, what a great way to use leftover chicken!!

Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

Friday 29th of July 2016

You have such a good flavor combo of ingredients and SO much texture in this salad! I love that you used cherries too -they're SO good right now! Pinned!