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Apple Salad

Easy Apple Salad with mixed greens, sliced apple and pear, rotisserie (or leftover) chicken, dried cherries, candied pecans, and crumbled cheese. This salad has an apple cider vinaigrette which takes just minutes to whip together.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword apple salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 large salad servings
Calories 381kcal
Cost $8.82

Ingredients

Salad

  • 8 cups fresh mixed greens lettuce
  • 1 large apple, thinly sliced or chopped (such as Pink Lady or Honeycrisp)
  • 1 large pear, thinly sliced or chopped
  • 2 and 1/2 cups shredded seasoned rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries (or dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (or feta or gorgonzola cheese)

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH: ground cinnamon, fine sea salt, ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

Instructions

  • SALAD: Place the salad greens in a large bow;, core and thinly slice apples and pears (peel if desired); slice or chop the chicken and add that in; add in the dried tart cherries.
  • DRESSING: Combine all dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake to combine. Taste and adjust to personal preferences.
  • FINISHING SALAD: Toss the salad with 80% of the dressing and then add in the candied and coarsely chopped pecans. Top with crumbled cheese. Drizzle remaining dressing on top and sprinkle a tiny bit of sea salt if desired. Serve immediately.
  • STORAGE: Only add dressing, nuts, and cheese to what you will eat right away, because leftovers get soggy. You can store the salad, nuts, cheese, and dressing separately for delicious leftovers or meal prep for the week; just add in freshly sliced apples or pears and assemble right before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 4large salad servings | Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 27.1g | Fat: 18.1g | Cholesterol: 89.1mg | Sodium: 227mg | Fiber: 4.4g | Sugar: 22.7g