Monday, March 19

Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken, Apple, Bacon & Walnuts

I love salads - probably my most favourite salad is a good old fashioned Cobb Salad.  But sometimes when I get my crave on, I realize I'm missing key items like avocado and bleu cheese!  Hate when that happens!  So the other night I slapped together a salad using the stuff I did have in the house - this is a gooder that you could make the night before and take for lunch the next day.

Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken, Apple, Bacon & Walnuts
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped & toasted
3 slices of bacon
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp canola oil
1 head of romaine lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
1 shallot, sliced thin
1 large apple, seeded and chopped (something sweet & firm like a Lady Alice, which is currently available)

2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp avocado oil
3 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
salt & pepper

In a non-stick frying pan, heat canola oil over medium high heat.  Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel and season with salt & pepper.  Cook for about 7 minutes per side, until golden.  Remove to a plate to rest for about 5 minutes.

Chop uncooked bacon and cook till crisp in a frying pan.  Let rest on paper towels till you're ready to assemble your salad.

Also, while all this is coming together, toast the walnuts - be careful b/c these things can go from toast delights to a hot blackened mess in about 20 seconds - so I usually do them on a cookie sheet at 350degrees for about 5 minutes.  But you do them however you want - just don't burn them!!!

What else do you need to do?  Oh yeah, get the vinagrette going - whisk all of the ingredients together in a class dish until slightly emulsified.  Set aside!

Now that everything is ready and chopped, start layering your salad:  romain lettuce, apples, shallots, sliced chicken breast, walnuts, bacon and finally the vinagrette! 


  1. Oh, this photo is making me hungry for lunch - looks sooooo good. I love nuts in salads, but I don't always remember to add them. Looks delish!

  2. Hey, what is the difference with avocado oil taste wise? Could I use evoo instead? Only cause it is what I have ;)

  3. oh totally you could use the evoo! or if you had hemp seed oil that would taste good too!