This fall, take a delicious journey with these two mouth-watering salads. Filled with seasonal delights like apples, pecans, and blue cheese, these salads pair perfectly with cooler nights and colorful leaves.
Autumn is a time to enjoy the cool weather, the colorful leaves, and the warm, comforting flavors of the season. This duo of salads showcases the best of fall’s produce combined with tender chicken and crunchy pecans. Let’s dive in.
Autumn Salad with Butter Lettuce, Chicken, Pecans, and Blue Cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
- 1 head butter lettuce
- 1 chicken breast OR 1½ cup rotisserie chicken
- ½ cup pecans
- ½ cup celery, chopped
- ½ cup pickled onions
- ½ cup gorgonzola or blue cheese
- 1 Honeycrisp apple
for the honey mustard dressing:
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- Black pepper to taste
- Cook one chicken breast on a grill or in a skillet, or use rotisserie chicken.
- Tear butter lettuce by hand into smaller pieces and divide between two bowls.
- Add half of the chicken, apple slices, celery, crushed pecans, blue cheese, and pickled onions to each bowl.
- For the dressing, whisk together Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, honey, and white vinegar. Season with black pepper.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salads.
- Season with salt and pepper as desired.
- Enjoy the delightful burst of flavors!
A Fall Version of Classic Chicken Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
- 3 cups chicken (approx. two chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken)
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup Honeycrisp apples, chopped
- ¼ cup yellow onion, diced
- ¼ cup gorgonzola or blue cheese
- ¼ cup pecans, chopped
- ¼ cup honey mustard dressing
- ½ cup Duke’s Mayonnaise
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chop the chicken and place it in a large mixing bowl.
- Add chopped celery, apples, pecans, and diced onion.
- Incorporate blue cheese, honey mustard dressing, and mayonnaise. Mix well.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Let the salad sit for at least 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
- Serve on its own or over a bed of lettuce and enjoy!
These salads are not only delicious but also versatile. Feel free to adjust ingredients and quantities to suit your preferences. Whether you serve them at a cozy family dinner or a festive fall gathering, they’re sure to be a hit! Enjoy the flavors of the season.