Cranberry Chicken {or Turkey} Salad- HEB Copycat Recipe…

Cranberry Chicken (or Turkey) Salad {HEB Copycat Recipe}- The Creativity Exchange


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! We have had such a fantastic last few days with friends and family and we are so looking forward to relaxing the rest of the week.

I thought that I would share one of my favorite recipes today that is perfect to make with leftover turkey. This recipe is a copycat recipe that I knocked off from the HEB cranberry turkey salad that they sell pre-made in the stores. If you have ever had the HEB cranberry turkey salad, you know how amazing it is. If you have never tasted it before, let me tell you, it is seriously out of this world!! You can make this recipe with either turkey or chicken and either way, it’s really delicious.


Cranberry Chicken (or Turkey) Salad {HEB Copycat Recipe}- The Creativity Exchange 2


By the way, I like to serve the salad on large croissants and I have also found that Craisin’s really give the best cranberry flavor.

Here’s the recipe below:

Cranberry Chicken/ Turkey Salad {HEB Copycat Recipe}

Serves Four


3 Cups of Shredded/Diced Chicken or Turkey Meat
1/2 Cup of Mayonnaise
1/2 Cup of Sour Cream
1/4 Cup finely chopped white onions (optional)
3/4 Cup of Craisin’s (or dried cranberries) softened and diced.
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
1 teaspoon Dried Dill
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt

Boil 2 Cups of water in microwave. Remove water from microwave and add the Craisin’s or dried cranberries to sit in water for 10 minutes to soften. After 10 minutes, drain water and dice the cranberries (cut in half is ideal).

In a large boil, mix the chicken/turkey with the mayonnaise, sour cream and onions. Add the softened and diced cranberries, sugar and seasonings. Mix with the backside of a fork to mash the cranberries into the mix. The more you mash the cranberries, the more cranberry flavoring is infused into the mix.

Cover and chill for at least two hours before serving. Mix again right before serving.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and I’ll be back on Friday with Friday Favorites.



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21 Responses to Cranberry Chicken {or Turkey} Salad- HEB Copycat Recipe…

  1. Lacey Krop says:

    I love this stuff @ HEB…I’m definitely going to have to give this recipe a try! Hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas!!

  2. Deb says:

    I so miss HEB now that we live in Oklahoma. It is such an awesome grocery story. Of course I miss Central Market as well. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Cyndy says:

      We love HEB! Of course, we don’t have a Central Market in out little town but we load up every time we go to Houston. I hope you have a fantastic New Year Deb!!

  3. Andrea says:

    Thank you! Soooo excited to see this!!!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thanks for stopping by Andrea! I have a feeling you know about HEB’s turkey salad. It’s pretty close to the real thing! Happy New Year Andrea!!

  4. Lacey Krop says:

    Made it tonight for dinner…turned out AMAZING. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Cyndy says:

      Yay!! So glad that you liked it Lacey! It’s as close as I could get it to the real thing. Sure beats spending $8.00 for an itty bitty container! I hope all is well with you girl! Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy New Year sweet Lacey!!

  5. Misty says:

    Do you think you could use Greek yogurt instead of mayo?

    • Cyndy says:

      I think it’s worth a try? Maybe if you offset it with fat free sour cream? I would love to know if you made any variations and if it worked! Thanks so much for stopping by Misty!

  6. Lorie says:

    Thank you for the beautiful website and fabulous recipe for Cranberry Chicken Salad from HEB. I used to live in Austin, Texas and miss going to HEB for food and goodies. Have a great day!

    • Cyndy says:

      Aw… Thank you Lorie! I find stuff everyday at HEB that just blows me away. Thank you so much for your kind comments and stopping by my blog!

  7. Stephen says:

    How come you used sour cream? It isn’t anywhere in what’s on the box. You also didn’t include the celery. Any reason?

  8. Kelly says:

    Oh my goodness! I finally got around to trying this recipe last night, and it’s so delicious! It really does taste like the HEB one! Bonus – this is so much cheaper. The recipe made way more than what you can buy in HEB’s container, which costs about $7.00. Thank you so much for this recipe. I never would’ve figured it out on my own, and now I can save a lot of money. My daughter really eats this stuff up (she likes it with water crackers). Also, HEB is a bit of a drive, so this is really convenient. Thanks again!

  9. Ana says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I loveee this salad and yes it´s amazing. Thank you for sharing!!!!!!

  10. Mindy Ramirez says:

    Yummo! Thanks for the recipe

  11. Ali says:

    Thanks! I used this as a base recipe. I only used mayo (no sour cream), left out the extra sugar and added celery. It has the flavor of the stuff in the store and I am so happy! yum

  12. Diane N says:

    I am so glad I found this! I cannot wait to try it. Thank you for posting it (even if I am a latecomer to the party! lol).

  13. Cassie says:

    Just made this!! So good even before chilling it!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

  14. Megan says:

    I lived in Texas for 9 years and loved getting this stuff at HEB but unfortunately i moved to Florida and we do not have a HEB nearby. Thanks a bunch for making this!! I will definitely try this out ASAP! Is there certain brands that you use for this recipe or do you just use whatever you have on hand at the time? If so, do you mind posting the brands of the ingredients that you used. Thanks!

  15. Kristi says:

    What can I use to replace the craisins…eating low carb

  16. Mikki says:

    Whole Foods makes a similiar recipe with Tuna. My hubby loves it. I will try your recipe with tuna. Thank you

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