Blue Cheese, Apple, Chicken, Cran-Cherry, Bacon & Balsamic Salad

Wow that’s a mouth full!  I didn’t know what to call this salad and felt it was important to convey ALL of the ingredients.  Anyhow, this Blue Cheese, Apple, Cran-Cherry, Bacon and Marinated Chicken Balsamic Salad is absolutely one of my favorites and I make sure to have it frequently throughout the summer!

this Blue Cheese, Apple, Cran-Cherry, Bacon and Marinated Chicken Balsamic Salad is absolutely one of my favorites and I make sure to have it frequently throughout the summer!

Who doesn’t love a huge salad for dinner?

I mean seriously, don’t have a lot of time for cooking? Not in the mood for cooking but still prefer homemade food? Or how about it’s just too damn hot to be in the kitchen? This salad is perfect for weekdays when you are constantly tired after work.

Summer is officially in full swing and school starting back up is right around the corner; with that comes lots of salads and yummy goodness!  Fresh spring salad mix, blue cheese, apples, cran-cherries, bacon bits and marinated chicken topped with an amazing balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  This is sure to become a family favorite!

If you are looking for something good for dinner that is easy and quick to cook, salad is a must try. This  Blue Cheese, Apple, Cran-Cherry, Bacon and Marinated Chicken Balsamic Salad is surely gonna satisfy your senses. Not just that, it’s also ideal for weekends when you just want to enjoy your free time, less cooking, more relaxing.

Plated this Blue Cheese, Apple, Cran-Cherry, Bacon and Marinated Chicken Balsamic Salad is absolutely one of my favorites and I make sure to have it frequently throughout the summer!

Looking for more great easy weeknight salad ideas? Be sure to try my Chickpea Fruit Salad with a Strawberry VinairetteAntipasto Salad with Italian Vinaigrette or Traditional Pasta Salad.

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Blue Cheese, Apple, Chicken, Cran-Cherry, Bacon & Balsamic Salad

Wow that’s a mouth full! I didn’t know what to call this salad and felt it was important to convey ALL of the ingredients. Anyhow, this Blue Cheese, Apple, Cran-Cherry, Bacon and Marinated Chicken Balsamic Salad is absolutely one of my favorites and I make sure to have it frequently throughout the summer!
Course lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword agave, apple, bacon, balsamic, blue cheese, chicken, cran-cherry, honey, italian dressing, spring salad
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • ½ cup Italian dressing
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 ½ tsp honey or agave nectar
  • 2 bags spring salad mix
  • 1 cup real bacon bits
  • 1 cup dried cran-cherries
  • 1 large apple chopped
  • 2 cups crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • ¼ tsp of coarse ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix the Italian dressing, lime juice and honey/agave together.
  2. Place marinade in a large zip lock bag with the chicken and make sure all chicken is coated.
  3. Place in fridge for 1 hour.
  4. In a skillet over medium heat, sprayed with non-stick spray, brown chicken on all sides until cooked through, about 8 minutes total.
  5. Clean spring salad mix and place in large bowl.
  6. Top with bacon bits, cran-cherries, apple bits and blue cheese; toss to evenly distribute.
  7. Make dressing: Whisk olive oil, sugar, balsamic vinegar, mustard and pepper together; whisk until combined, about 2 minutes by hand.
  8. Place salad mix onto plates.
  9. Place chicken on top of salad mix and drizzle dressing over top.
  10. Enjoy!


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