Apple Chicken Salad on a Stick
Apple Chicken Salad on a Stick is an easy recipe that will be a fun addition to any lunchbox, or for an after-school snack. Get your kids in the kitchen to help you make these chicken salad skewers.
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My kids just started their third year at their respective schools. The first year, when my big guy was entering Kindergarten and my little one started at preschool, I spent weeks preparing and, well, panicking. For the Kindergartener, I worried about pretty much everything – getting him to the bus on time, how he would handle such a long day that didn’t end till he got off the bus at 4pm – you name it, I worried about it for a good portion of the summer. I thought they were going to mail us a bus assignment, and I think it was just a few days before school started that I discovered you had to look up the bus routes on the school website and find the one closest to you. Another thing I didn’t realize I had to find on the website was the school supply list, so by the time I figured this out, there were slim pickings at the store.
For the little one, the labeling requirements were enough to drive any already-worked-up mom insane. Back pack, lunch box, every lunch container, naptime blanket, sheet for the cot, water bottles, each and every item had to be branded with the kid’s first and last name. I went through his stuff ten times to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
But by the night before school started, I was calm, cool, and collected because I knew I had taken care of everything.
Not being a glutton for punishment, I always preferred to order my kids’ clothes online, but last year I waited till the last second, and was again late on picking up the school supplies. The little one now had a nut-free classroom, including taking care to read labels to ensure that nothing was manufactured in a facility that might handle peanuts or tree nuts. I spent hours in various stores and online making sure I had a good selection of items he would like but would not be dangerous for his highly allergic classmates. And we were going to be away during his transition days to visit his new classroom.
And again, I got all that worry out of my system by double- and triple-checking everything so that I was relaxed the day before school started.
This year I felt like an old pro. School clothes shopping was done in late July. We had a family outing to buy new sneakers on a free weekend well in advance. I started picking up school supplies early in the summer since I knew where to find the list, and only had to order a pencil case online a couple weeks ago. The little one had a great time during his transition days, was staying together with most of his friends, and other than his room nothing was really changing.
I was cool as a cucumber untillllll the night before school when I was laying in bed panicking that I had forgotten something for someone. I was stressed because I hadn’t been stressed. Am I the only one that’s this neurotic?!
Well, one thing I never worry about is lunch…
Apple Chicken Salad Skewers
I was thinking back to my Chef Salad on a Stick, and knew it would be fun to make a new version. Since it is back-to-school time and in the fall I love salads with apples and cheese like these Autumn Turkey and Apple Salads, I drew inspiration from this seasonal favorite. Besides being fun to eat, the kids can also get involved in helping you make them. It’s really nothing more than threading dried cranberries, apple slices, cubes of chicken and cheese, and lettuce on a toothpick, and stirring together some Three-Ingredient Healthy Honey Mustard Dip for dunking.
Oh, and I also have a little secret to keep those apples from turning brown – pineapple juice. Sure, lemon juice works, but the tart flavor doesn’t always appeal to kids. So pineapple juice is a great alternative that keeps the color and still tastes good.
And to make it even easier, all I had to do was cut up a few Horizon Organic Colby Cheese Sticks to make the cheese cubes. Then just pack those lunchboxes with these salad skewers and more of your favorites from Horizon Organic…
From single-serve cartons of Organic Lowfat Milk to cheese in every shape and size, including sticks, slices, and even cool shapes, plus yogurt, crackers, and fruit snacks, Horizon Organic has everything you need for fun and easy to make lunches and snacks with simple ingredients and no fake or funky stuff that the kids will still devour. Get even more ideas and inspiration by following Horizon Organic on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.
Not a fan of Honey Mustard? You can also dip Apple Chicken Salad on a Stick in these:
- Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dip or Salad Dressing
- Greek Yogurt Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
- Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
Find even more School Lunch Box Ideas from Love From the Oven. Learn how to make amazing Chicken Sandwich Wraps from A Dash of Sanity. And don’t forget about breakfast with Four Easy Overnight Oats from Wine & Glue or a Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie from Sugar Free Mom.
Besides just packing Apple Chicken Salad Skewers for lunch, you can also make a big platter for game day snacking alongside some Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Hummus, and Honey Lime Sriracha Glazed Cauliflower Wings.
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Apple Chicken Salad on a Stick Recipe
The kiddos went crazy for this apple chicken salad sticks recipe, with an easy three-ingredient honey mustard dip!
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Apple Chicken Salad on a Stick
For the Salad on a Stick
- 1 apple cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick, cut in half for a total of 32 pieces
- pineapple juice optional
- 32 dried cranberries
- 1/2 pound Cooked chicken breast cut into 16 cubes about 1/2 inch on each side
- 2 Horizon Organic Colby Cheese Sticks each cut into eight cubes
- 16 leaves butter lettuce, Bibb, or Romaine lettuce leaves
For the Honey Mustard Dip
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
- 1 Tablespoon honey
For the Salad on a Stick:
- Dip apple slices in pineapple juice to prevent browning, if desired.
- Using a large toothpick, thread on one dried cranberry, one apple slice, one chicken cube, one cheese cube, one leaf of lettuce folded up, one more apple slice, and one more dried cranberry.
- Serve with Honey Mustard Dip or your favorite salad dressing or dip.
For the Honey Mustard Dip:
- Combine the mustard, Greek yogurt, and honey in a bowl and stir until combined.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.