Chick Food…Fruit and Nut Salad

I’m notorious
…for eating everything BUT the lettuce in my salad.
I pick out all the good stuff and if a leaf of lettuce happens to get stuck to a piece of chicken or pecan…I’ll eat it too.
The same goes for rice.
That’s why I like this salad. It’s full of the good stuff. Apples, grapes, strawberries, candied pecans, and cranberries. This recipe is from my cousin Amy. We had guys eating with us so we had to balance the sweet salad with some salty feta. This makes a ton!!

Chick Food…Fruit and Nut Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch green leaf lettuce, chopped (I used two bags of prechopped Romaine lettuce)
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups red grapes, halved
  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 of a white onion
  • 1 bag Dried Cherry, Cranberry and Pecan Salad Pizazz (I found mine at Super Target by the bagged salad)
  • 1 bottle Brianna’s Poppy seed or Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing (sometimes we do half of each)
  • 1 (4 ounce) container crumbled feta (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil chicken with salt, pepper, and onion. Once cooled, cube chicken. Put everything in a large bowl. Toss with dressing right before serving. Serves 15-20 people.

Notes

1) You may not need the whole bottle of dressing. 2) If you can't find the Salad Pizzaz you can use 1/2 cup of cranberries and a half cup of pecans. 3) If you want to caramelize your own pecans do the following: In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup sugar until melted. It will eventually melt if you just turn up the heat and wait. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and then toss in the pecans and keep stirring until they are coated. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, and break into pieces.

Source: Amy Bench

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  1. I make and eat this salad all the time and I never get tired of it!!!

  2. That’s funny – my husband will go to a salad bar, make up his bowl of salad with anything and everything EXCEPT the lettuce! This salad is so good – TFS!

  3. I love fruit in my salads…it makes them so much more fun to eat!

  4. I love salads like this- I think it’s all the textures that make it fun.

  5. I’m a new follower and I’m here because ALL the food on your blog looks fabulous and delicious!! YUM!

  6. Made this salad for our lunches this week… also shared the link to it on my blog! Please see the post for Monday, Jan. 30th, 2012 at http://www.busyasahoneybee.blogspot.com

    -Simone

  7. made this for my daughters wedding shower, everyone loved it… will make again