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Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad is a great copycat recipe for the Panera Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. It makes a great lunch or add soup for a fantastic dinner. This also can be a great side dish if you leave the chicken off.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword apple fuji salad, panera salad copycat, salad with blue cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 large dinner salads
Author Susie

Ingredients

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

  • 1 large head of romaine washed and chopped
  • 1 chicken breast grilled, sliced (can also use rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/2 cup pecans toasted and chopped
  • 1 medium slicing tomato diced
  • 2 sliced rings of red onion rinsed under cool water, helps the onion flavor not overpower the salad AND keeps you from tasting onion for the next 4 hours!
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 heaping cup crispy apple slices

Apple Dressing

  • 1/2 cup canola oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey (see note about subbing molasses)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Apple Dressing

  • Whisk all the ingredients together until it is completely combined. You can also place all the ingredients in a mason jar with a lid and shake vigorously until the ingredients come together.

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

  • Sprinkle the diced tomato with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Let them sit as long as you can, 10 minutes (up to an hour, if you have time)
  • Toast the pecans in a dry pan over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In a large bowl toss the romaine with desired amount of the apple dressing.
  • Add the chicken, pecans, tomato, red onion, blue cheese, and crispy apple slices- toss to coat in the dressing.
  • Serve!

Notes

If you need your salad dressing to stay emulsified and not separate you can sub 1 tablespoon of the honey for molasses. It will keep the dressing together and not let it seperate.