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Harris Teeter's Fruit & Nut Chicken Salad

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It's lunchtime.

Are you 'brown bagging' lunch with a piece of fruit and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Are you tired of toting plastic containers that house another dull salad? Has your lunch routine become about 'running out' for fast food? This never-ending pattern of the 'same ole same ole' sounds like it could leave you feeling less than enthusiastic about returning to work or less than motivated to complete the tasks on your daily 'to-do' list.

It may be time for something different...

As you are now questioning your mid-day food choices, I too felt like I needed a change. With this in mind, I ventured into a familiar place that I had been to hundreds of times. But who knew I would uncover uncharted territory that would wind up impacting not only myself, but others around me? Would you believe that one of the best chicken salads I've tasted in a long time comes from a Harris Teeter supermarket?

My reaction was similar to yours, but it does and I dare you to try and find one that's better! Actually, in this examiner's opinion, this chicken salad is so good it deserves an award. Raleigh's neighborhoods offer more than enough restaurants, pubs, and deli's that feature great tasting chicken salad, but to actually find one that inspires a group of people to run out and buy it for lunch because of its inviting aroma alone, well that means something.

The Fruit and Nut Chicken Salad begins with perfectly cubed portions of chicken, and the right amount of mayonnaise. It then has an amazing combination of ingredients, including garlic powder, pecans, dried cranberries, raisins, apricots, celery, onion powder, salt, pecans, and honey. Although employees of Harris Teeter tell me this delicious concoction isn't made at each location, it is made from scratch at the corporate location in Matthews, North Carolina and shipped fresh daily.

For $7.99/pound, I highly recommend seeking out the deli counter at your local Harris Teeter to try something new. Even if you add the chicken salad to your existing lunch rotation, it will undoubtedly renew a spark that has somehow faded over time. That spark that once was so bright like when you were a kid picking out your favorite flavor of ice cream or getting a box of popcorn at the park. It is this spark, which I personally witnessed as colleagues reacted to the flavor burst in this chicken salad and that almost left me speechless.

Raleigh Harris Teeter locations include: Cameron Village, Glenwood Village, North Hills

Cary and Apex Harris Teeter locations include: Harrison Pointe, Tryon Village, Crescent Commons, Haddon Hall Commons and Stonebridge Village

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