Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tried & True ~ Sonoma Chicken Salad Recipe

Today's recipe is a fabulous chicken salad my sister has been making since 1997 - Whole Foods Market ~ Sonoma Chicken Salad.
"This chicken salad is one of our classic Whole Foods Market dishes. The tender chicken breast, crunchy pecans and sweet grapes in each bite are hard to top." ~ Whole Foods Market

For years my sister made her own copycat version of this classic Whole Foods Market dish.  It wasn't until a few years ago, she googled and found the recipe right on Whole Foods' website!  Her copycat version was pretty good, but not as good as the original!  

This delicious salad is loaded with tender chicken breast, red seedless grapes, crunchy pecans, crisp celery, tossed in a wonderful mayonnaise, honey, apple cider vinegar, poppy seed dressing. It's best served on top of a bed of fresh spring salad. Oh so good. I give this recipe 5 stars!!! 

You save a lot of $ making this salad at home! This is perfect for brunches, showers...lunch and dinner.   

NOTE:  When I share a tried & true recipe, I always credit the source and often will send you to the site for the directions. All you need to do is click on "Print Recipe" below and it will take you to the full recipe. One extra click for an awesome recipe, that's it!  It's important to me to share the love and send you to the original source.

Whole Foods Market Sonoma Chicken Salad 


  • 2 pounds, chicken breasts - boneless, skinless (pre-baked)
  • 2 cups red seedless grapes, cut in half
  • 3/4 cup pecan pieces (my sister uses honey roasted pecans)
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced thin
  • Spring salad mix to serve chicken salad on top
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 5 teaspoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
For the full recipe, head to WHOLE FOODS MARKET, you won't be disappointed! Be sure to print extra copies, you'll need them to pass out to family and friends.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Danni Baird said...

If you are giving it 5 stars, then I know it's as good as it looks! Thanks Mary!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Oh Mary that looks lovely!

Natalie @ NorthShore Days said...

Oh my goodness - so yum! I want some Moo - can you swing by with a bowl full???

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

MMmmm. Chicken salad is one of my faves!!! Think I better get grilling some chicken and make this before the weather gets cold!

flower oil painting said...

yummy salad! thanks for the recipe!!

Anonymous said...

Have bought this at WHOLE FOODS, Yummy salad but very expensive, Going to make at home from now on

Kayleigh said...

My MIL makes this but with a slightly different dressing. Her's has sugar, mayo, and sour cream. This is the best chicken salad I've ever had, and now I've got to try it with this poppy dressing!

Lindsey @ Dishing Up Hope said...

YUM! Love chicken salad. Pinning this for later =-)

Anonymous said...

Going to make it today. Thanks. Tess

Anonymous said...

Think it would be possible to sub the mayo for greek yogurt?

Leslie Taylor-Moore said...

Been making this one for years, it's so delish!

Anonymous said...

Been making this for years, it's delish!

sue chris said...

I make this for family parties but I add baby New potatoes and chopped sweet red skin apples, to make it go further. Very one always asks for it.

Kate said...

This is sooo delicious! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Worked nect door to a Whole Foods market and became addicted to the Sonoma chicken salad as well as the roasted turkey and bacon and avocado sandwich on rosemary foccacia roll, toasted. I was able to figure out the sandwich except for the 2 different aiolis used, but was unable to find the recipe for the Sonoma chicken salad. I have dearly missed both favorites as my employer moved and i am no longer close to a Whole Foods market and am excited to find this recipe, the link to Whole foods. I am currently making the salad. THANK YOU SO MUCH for this recipe. Now if only i could only get the recipe for the sandwich, the aiolis, (2), and instructions I would truly be in heavenly bliss. If you have the recipe and instructions for that sandwich, my email is:
Lauren Oberhansley

Brenda said...

This is an amazing salad. We had a 75° day in Southern West Virginia and I prepared for an impromptu luncheon with friends. All my friends left with recipe.