Chicken Pear Salad with Goat Cheese sounds like a mouthful to say, but that’s what you will want once you’ve tried the Pear Dressing!
I had a heck of a time coming up with a name for this salad. I wanted to do it justice but thought Chicken, Pear, Blueberry, Pecan, salad with Goat Cheese…. and Pear dressing was just overdoing it. I’m getting hungry just thinking about this beautiful salad. Chicken Pear Salad with Goat Cheese will just have to do.
I used to think that I didn’t really need a recipe for a salad. All you had to do was throw a bunch of stuff together and add some dressing. Well, I don’t think all salads are created equal. Dressings definitely are not created equal. They’re easy to put together and taste so much better than store-bought.
This salad originated with some leftover chicken that we’d put on the grill the day before. With the weather getting nicer, I just had salad on the brain. When I ran (yea right…drove) to the store, I found some beautiful Anjou pears and blueberries and just ran with that idea. What resulted was a masterpiece of a salad. I hope you will agree.
Chicken Pear Salad with Goat Cheese
- 1 anjou pear peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1/3 cup reserved juice from sauteed pears
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne optional
- 3 scallions sliced thinly (white and green parts)
- Greens of your choice
- Cooked chicken deboned and sliced
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped (optional toasted or candied)
- Goat Cheese
- Homemade croutons
- In a skillet, combine the apple juice, honey, and cinnamon. Once simmering, add the sliced pears. Cook for 3 minutes. Pears should be slightly softened but still firm. Remove pears from the liquid to stop cooking. Set the pears and liquid aside to cool.
- In a salad cruet or jar, combine the dressing ingredients. Shake to blend.
- Assemble the salad by placing greens on a plate. Add blueberries, sliced chicken, sauteed pears, pecans, crumbled goat cheese, and croutons. Dress lightly with dressing.
- Store in the refrigerator.
This salad made a great meal that filled us up and we weren’t digging through the cupboards looking for a snack an hour later. I really crave great salads and this one is at the top of my list. How about you? What is your favorite salad?