Chicken Apple Bacon Walnut Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

A delicious main dish salad with the works! Loaded with sweet apples, hearty chicken and bacon, crisp pecans and tangy feta.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 3/4 lbs cooked chicken breasts , diced into strips* (about 3 chicken breasts)
  • 8 slices bacon , cooked and diced
  • 3 medium apples , sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped , toasted or candied walnuts
  • 7 - 9 oz spring mix & spinach lettuce blend
  • 6 oz crumbled feta
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped shallot
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

Instructions

  1. Layer all salad ingredients into individual salad bowls or over plates. Serve drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.
  2. For the balsamic vinaigrette:
  3. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, and finely diced shallot to a blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste and blend mixture until well emulsified and thickened slightly. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
  4. *To cook the chicken I like this recipe from The Kitchn - only I cooked mine longer as I had thick chicken breasts. I also omitted the optional herbs and used a little garlic powder instead.
  5. Recipe Source: inspired by this salad recipe I posted here