Summer Vittels: Grilled Chicken Salad With Pear, Candied Walnuts & Blue Cheese

I love salads all year round, but my favorite salad additions come in the summer. Pears, Apples, Strawberries, Peaches...shall I go on?  My favorite mix this summer includes Pears, Figs, candied walnuts, and blue cheese.  It is fancy enough for a dinner with friends, and easy enough for a lunch for two. The amounts of pears and/or figs you use is completely up to your taste.  I've shared basic amounts with you but feel free to tweak to meet your taste.

8 Cups Mixed greens
2 Grilled Chicken Breasts (Sliced)
1 ripe pear, Sliced
3 Figs, Sliced
1/3 cup Candied Walnuts or Pecans
2 ounces Blue Cheese
Champagne vinaigrette, recipe follows
Fresh cracked pepper

In a bowl, add mixed greens, pears, figs, and candied walnuts.  Top with sliced chicken breast, blue cheese, and fresh cracked pepper.  Then mix the vinaigrette as mentioned below, and drizzle over the salad.

Champagne Vinaigrette
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

In a small bowl or glass jar, add all the ingredients except the olive oil. Mix well, then slowly drizzle in the olive oil to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use. 
From Food Network

What are your favorite summer salad recipes?


  1. This looks delicious!! I want to make this and eat it right now!

  2. This looks so good! I love pears and walnuts in my salads!

    1. I'm finding that I love that combination too! I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. This looks so good! I am definitely going to try this!
    Just found your blog! I am now following!!
    Super excited to continue reading and getting to know you through your blog!!


    1. I'm so happy you found me, Christina! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. This looks so good!! I will defiantly have to try this!

    Amanda @ Happily Ever After


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