Apple Pecan Grilled Chicken Dinner Salad

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@Quinnn

My husband is completely obsessed with Wendy's Apple Pecan Salad and asked me to duplicate it at home. I am so pleased with the results and I know he will be tonight as well! Since becoming empty-nesters, we enjoy having large dinner salads at least once a week. Healthy, fresh and delicious!

I have included my favorite raspberry vinaigrette recipe as well or feel free to use your favorite bottled raspberry, pomegranate, or strawberry vinaigrette. Recipe follows instructions.


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Serves:

3-4

Prep:

20 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

3-4
grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts (if pinched for time, i keep a bag of prepared grilled chicken breasts strips in my freezer for quick dinner salads, etc.)
1
red delicious apple
1
granny smith apple
3/4
cup dried cranberries or craisins
3/4
cup blue cheese crumbles
3/4
cup sugared pecans or honey roasted cashews or almonds
thinly sliced red onion rings, optional
salad croutons, optional
1
bag of salad mix (i like spring mix)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cut apples in half, leaving peel on, and core. (I like to use my melon baller to core when I want nice looking apple slices. See pic at left.) Slice into 1/4 inch slices.
2
Place mixed salad greens in a large, decorative salad bowl. Add apples, (red onions if using) craisins, sugared nuts of your choice, (croutons, if using) and crumbled blue cheese.
3
Warm grilled chicken breasts in microwave and slice into 1/2 inch strips. Fan on top of salad while hot and serve with vinaigrette below or your favorite bottled vinaigrette, raspberry, strawberry or pomegranate.
4
Raspberry Vinaigrette Instructions:

1/2 c. canola oil
10 frozen or fresh raspberries
3 Tbsp. raspberry vinegar, or to taste
2 Tbsp. raspberry jam
1 Tbsp. sugar, or to taste
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. onion powder

Place all dressing ingredients in blender to emulsify. I use my immersion or stick blender for less cleanup. You can easily adjust the sweetness or tartness by adjusting the jam/vinegar ratio to customize it to your taste.

Recipe for vinaigrette adapted from food.com.