Chicken, Apple, Bacon Spinach Salad With Maple Dressing

Chicken, Apple, Bacon Spinach Salad With Maple Dressing

Chicken, Apple, Bacon Spinach Salad With Maple Dressing
Serve with whole grain rolls-Apples are an abundant and delicious fruit readily available during the fall. They come in so many varieties you could spend the entire season trying them all! Most of us like to eat them raw, stewed, or baked into a pie, but their versatility extends well beyond the obvious uses making their way into savory, dinner dishes. I think this fall salad may inspire you to incorporate apples into your everyday cooking!
    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    25-30minutes
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    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    25-30minutes
    Meal Plan
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    Ingredients
    • 1/4cup 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
    • 1 1/2pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
    • 1/2teaspoon sea salt and ground black pepper, each, divided
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 3tablespoon maple syrup
    • 2tablespoon chives, chopped
    • 2teaspoon stone ground mustard
    • 3 turkey or pork bacon, cooked and crumbled
    • 2 granny smith apples, julienne
    • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 (6 ounce) bag baby spinach
    • 4 whole grain rolls
    Instructions
    1. Heat 1-2 teaspoon olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken breasts, about 5 minutes each side, until done. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
    2. While chicken breasts cook, whisk ยผ cup olive oil with ยผ teaspoon each salt and pepper, lemon juice and the next 3 ingredients (thought mustard) in a small bowl. Stir in crumbled bacon. Set aside.
    3. To prepare salad, chop chicken into bite size pieces. Combine chicken, spinach, apples, and onion in a large bowl. Add vinaigrette; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately with whole grain rolls.
    Recipe Notes

    It might seem like a lot of dressing for the salad, but my family and friends have tried it with less, and we found it to be too bland. Donโ€™t feel too guilty about the extra oil, as it is olive oil, a good, heart healthy fat!

    You could make this vegan, by eliminating the bacon and replacing the chicken with tofu, fried to a golden brown.

    Although the tartness of the granny smith apples are a great complement to the sweetness in the maple dressing, any apple would work well in this salad. It is actually a great way to try different varieties of apples; i.e. pink ladies, cameos, brae burns, etc.

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