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Chicken Pear Salad with Goat Cheese

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!

Green lettuce salad topped with sliced chicken, fresh pears, candied pecans, green onions, blueberries, and blue cheese crumbles.
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.

Green lettuce salad topped with sliced chicken, fresh pears, candied pecans, green onions, blueberries, and blue cheese crumbles. A second plate sits in the background.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.

Green lettuce salad topped with sliced chicken, fresh pears, candied pecans, green onions, blueberries, and blue cheese crumbles.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.A close up of a plate filled with salad, fresh pears and blueberries, pecans, goat cheese, and sliced chicken.

top view of a green salad with slices of chicken, blueberries and pears
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5 from 2 votes

Chicken Pear Salad with Goat Cheese

Chicken Pear Salad with Goat Cheese sounds like a mouthful to say but that's what you'll want once you've tried it with the Pear Dressing!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 2
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

Sauteed Pears

  • 1 pear anjou peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 cup apple juice

Pear Dressing

  • 1/3 cup pear juice reserved juice from sauteed
  • 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)

Salad

  • 1 cup Salad Greens
  • 1 cup Chicken cooked, de-boned and sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped (optional toasted or candied)
  • 1/2 cup Goat Cheese
  • croutons Homemade

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 831kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1578mg | Potassium: 672mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 1382IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 4mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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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?

I love a great salad and here are some other salads that we really love!

Chipotle Grilled Chicken Salad

Chipotle Grilled Chicken salad with Honey Jalapeno Vinaigrette

Fresh Greek Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Greek Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Green Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

Green Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

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petra08

Wednesday 25th of May 2016

What an interesting combination! I love pear and often pair it with goats cheese but the the chicken and the blueberries?! Yum! :)

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 25th of May 2016

Thank you Petra!

Ai | Ai made it for you

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

I love chicken and fruit in my salads! This looks devine!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Thank you! We really enjoyed this one too.

Caroline

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

This sounds so delicious! I love pears and goat's cheese so you had me fairly sold before even looking at it but the recipe looks great too!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Thank you Caroline. We really enjoyed this combination too.