Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chicken and Pear Salad

I'll be honest, I was not sure how I would feel about having fruit in my salad.  I don't know why but for some reason I just never liked the "thought" of having fruit mixed in a salad that had a dressing on it.  Yes, this might sound strange but I guarantee you this is not the only strange thought that will come from me.

Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this new recipe.  I make the Chicken and Pear Salad for lunch today and it was delicious! It tasted like something I would get in a restaurant.  I was able to make it pretty quickly and it would be a perfect option for something you can plan in advance to take with you to work, school, etc. 

Chicken and Pear Salad

Ingredients...

2 grilled chicken breasts (sliced)
3 cups fresh spinach
1 peeled and sliced fresh pear
a handful of almonds (chopped)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I personally did not add this)

For the dressing...
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
Note: adjust the oil and vinegar amounts to your liking

Directions...
  1. In a large salad bowl, mix freshly washed spinach, pear, and chopped walnuts.
  2. Add the sliced chicken breasts
  3. Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey.  Pour over top of salad bowl mixture
  4. Top with Parmesan
Serving size: 1 cup (makes 6 servings)
Nutrition...

Calories 280
Fat Total 21 grams
Saturated Fat 2.5 grams
Carbohydrates 15 grams
Fiber 2 grams
Protein 7 grams

Enjoy!

~Alyson
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