Dec 18 2013

Festive Holiday Appetizer & Mocktail

Today I have a fun, festive holiday appetizer and mocktail to share with you. Both are super easy and great for your upcoming holiday parties! I’m linking up over at The Lovely Cupboard and Schue Love. Go check out other great recipes and cocktails, or if you have a blog link up and share your ideas!

Chicken Salad Holiday Appetizer

This appetizer is perfect for Christmas. Serving the chicken salad on the apple makes a light, refreshing appetizer. They look like little holiday wreaths! The cranberries give a nice chewy bite and the almonds provide a nice crunch. The green onion adds flavor without being overpowering.




  • (1) 12.5 oz canned chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dried & sweet cranberries
  • 1/8 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup raw sliced almonds
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples
  • Assorted Crackers




Add canned chicken to mixing bowl. Use fork to shred chicken.  Mix in remaining ingredients: mayo, cranberries, green onions and almonds. Add salt and pepper to taste. Core the apple, then slice the apple horizontally (as shown below). Spoon onto apples or crackers. Enjoy!




Tried & True Tips!

  • Make the chicken salad ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.
  • If you don’t have an apple corer (like me), you can use a knife or small round cookie cutter.
  • Cut the apples right before serving to prevent them from turning brown.
  • If you choose to serve over crackers, I recommend adding 1/4 cup chopped apple to the chicken salad. It adds great texture and flavor.
  • If you are like me, I was a little hesitant about canned chicken. My husband uses it all the time, so I finally tried it and I actually really like it. It’s a real time saver. We store our canned chicken in the fridge, so it is cold when we use it.


Cranberry Spritezer

This is the easiest mocktail you will ever make. The best part is that it’s for all ages and oh so festive for the holidays! Marissa and I have been making this simple beverage for years now and is great for any occasion.


  • Cranberry juice
  • Sprite
  • Lime
  • Ice
  • Sugar (optional)


Add ice to your glass. Poor equal parts cranberry juice and sprite. Add a squeeze of lime. Stir. That’s it!

Now, to make your glass festive: Squeeze lime juice into a shallow bowl. Poor sugar in shallow bowl (large enough to fit the rim of your glass). Dip the rim of the glass in the lime juice, then dip into the bowl of sugar. Add a slice of lime to the edge of your glass. I think the sugar is perfect for Christmas time. It reminds me of snow!  You could also add cranberries to the bottom of your glass, or if you make a large batch for a party you could float cranberries in your drink dispenser.



Holiday Cheer In The Blogosphere

Hope you decide to try one of these recipes for your next event, or even for dinner one night! Have a wonderful day!

Signature - Alisa

9 comments on “Festive Holiday Appetizer & Mocktail

    • Thanks Heather! Thanks for hosting the link party. Loved your post today. I am definitely going to try the gingerbread white hot chocolate…sounds so yummy! on said:
  1. Ladies, I LOVE the chicken salad appetizers and made them last night for a pre-Christmas party! (I even made them a little healthier and linked my readers to you!) They were a HUGE hit, but I’m wondering how you core your apples? My apple core tool made too big of circles that left very little room along the edge. Do you have a better tip for this?

    • So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for linking to us. Great tips for making it even healthier! If your apple corer makes too large of a hole, use a knife and find a small object to trace around or free form it! I used a wooden spoon that had a hole in the middle and traced around it! on said:

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