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Recipe: Chicken Spinach Pear Salad With Gorgonzola and Pecans

November 15, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

We had this salad for dinner the other night and I was:

A) Amazed that you could have fruit, strong cheese and nuts all on the same salad

B) Surprised that I was even interested in a recipe with “Spinach” in the title

C) Pleasantly filled after eating

D) All of the above

The answer, of course, is D) All of the above.  Both DH and I were pleasantly surprised by this dish and commented that it felt like we were out to eat at a fancy restaurant.  I can’t do salad for dinner all the time, especially if I have salad for lunch, but I think we’ll definitely be keeping this one in a regular rotation.  The original recipe is from this site, though it is slightly tweaked for our preferences:


  • 4 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 1 12 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 14 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Ripe D’Anjou Pear cut lengthwise into 15 slices
  • 10 oz. Bag of Tender Garden salad mix (or Spinach)
  • 14 cup Thinly Sliced Red Onion
  • 12 cup Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese
  • 12 cup Pecans (toasted)


Heat olive oil in skillet and cook chicken on medium heat until done, about 4-6 minutes on each side.  Remove and let rest for 5 minutes, then cut into slices.  To make the dressing, whisk water, vinegar, olive oil, honey, mustard, and pepper in small bowl.  Place pear slices in large salad bowl and toss with 1 Tbsp dressing.  Add salad mix, sliced red onion and rest of dressing, tossing well.  Plate the salad and top with chicken, Gorgonzola, and pecans.

Ease: Perfect any night of the week, or for a nice lunch!

Whole-Family Appeal: 2 of 2 thumbs up (DS didn’t have any, so I’m not sure what he would think.  I think if you have young kids, it is a good recipe for the adults to have while the kids get something that you shouldn’t always eat – like mac ‘n cheese.)

Wouldeatitagain Factor: Oh yeah!  Any salad that fills me up enough for dinner and is this easy to make is going to be a regular item in our rotation.

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