Salad making is exciting alright, but it’s so hard to stay well-stocked, or try new ingredients because you almost always need just a little bit of everything. I always am left with a little bit of this, a little bit of that.
So I was trying to finish up what we have left in the fridge, and found out we still had three green apples, and an opened pack of feta. I googled apple+feta+salad and tons of results came up, but I found ’em too complicated. Also, I didn’t want to buy more stuff.
Narrowing down the results, I found this honey apple dressing that was easy, with ingredients already in my kitchen! Yay!
The outcome of my salad is almost a complete meal! It’s got fruit, cheese, greens, and protein. Could this pass as clean eating? Maybe. It was a hit and it’s definitely mentally bookmarked under Salads I’d Love to Repeat.
Wait, here’s the recipe. Will talk more after this.
Refreshing Chicken Apple & Cranberry Salad
Credit: jessicainthekitchen.com for the superb dressing
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- a pinch of salt
- a pinch of ground black pepper
- 3-4 cups romaine lettuce
- 1 apple, in thin slices
- 1/8 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tbsp roasted cashew nuts, crushed
- 3/4 cup cooked chicken, cut into cubes
- crumbled feta cheese or shaved parmesan, according to preference
- croutons (optional)
- Whisk together honey, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- In a bowl, mix all remaining salad ingredients, then drizzle with dressing.
Last weekend, I also baked a few chicken breasts, cut ’em up in bite sized pieces, and stored them in the fridge. I’ll probably do this more often as it’s so fun and easy to add it to almost any salad anyway!
The best thing about baking chicken for salad is that it need not be complicated, you can use a rub you already have, or a simple salt + pepper +dried herb combo will do too. I used a dry rub from The Good Chef on mine, in Chicago Steak. (Sea salt, mustard, garlic, pepper, paprika, thyme & cayenne)
I was planning on skipping the cranberries but I saw a pack of sweetened dried cranberries at the grocery.
Also, pecans and walnuts are quite expensive here so I got cashews instead. Oishi is a blessing for coming up with roasted lightly salted nuts in small packs!
Made this salad? Let me know what you think, or pin it for later! 🙂 You can also follow my salad board for more beginner-friendly salads I found online: