Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Autumn Chicken Chopped Salad

Autumn Chopped Salad

Serves 4.

I have been on a huge salad kick lately.  I typically love salads at restaurants, but was never wild about making salads at home, until I realized buying the right (good!) ingredients makes all the difference.  This salad was fantastic.
Inspired by: Espresso and Cream blog

Baby greens or your favorite lettuce
2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
1 medium apple, chopped (or pear)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 avocado, chopped
4 slices thick-cut bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
Poppy seed Salad Dressing
Balsamic Vinaigrette

On a large platter (or in 4 individual serving bowls), combine the lettuce, chicken, apple, cranberries, pecans, bacon and avocado. Drizzle generously with poppy seed dressing, followed by some of the balsamic vinaigrette.  (You could also premix them and serve that way.)  I used about 50% of each, but feel free to experiment with the combination.

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