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Fuji Apple Salad

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Inspired by my favorite fall take-out salad, this Fuji Apple Salad is loaded with texture and flavor. Spring greens topped with homemade baked apple chips, chicken, maple candied pecans, crumbed blue cheese and drizzled in a sweet apple cider vinaigrette.
Course Salads
Cuisine American
Keyword apple salad, fall salad, fuji apple salad, Panera Bread Fuji apple salad
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4
Calories 489
Author Laurie McNamara

Ingredients

FOR THE VINAIGRETTE:

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

FOR THE CANDIED PECANS:

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

FOR THE SALAD

  • 10 ounces baby spring mix
  • cooked chicken use leftover grilled, roasted or rotisserie chicken
  • 1 recipe [baked apple chips]
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomato halves
  • candied pecans
  • sweet apple cider vinaigrette

Instructions

MAKE THE VINAIGRETTE:

  • In a mini food processor or blender, measure and add; garlic and onion powder, fine salt, ground ginger and white pepper. To that, add the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, apple cider (not apple cider vinegar), maple syrup and dijon.
  • Blend until smooth.

MAKE THE CANDIED PECANS:

  • In a small nonstick skillet add pecans, brown sugar and maple syrup.
  • Heat on medium-low, stirring until the pecans are coated and toasty. About 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Spread out on a parchment lined plate and let cool.

MAKE THE SALAD:

  • Divide the lettuce among bowls and top with cooked grilled chicken, a few apple chips, thinly sliced red onion, halved tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese and candied pecans.
  • Drizzle with the dressing and season with extra black pepper if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 535mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g