Any day is a perfect day for a crisp, flavorful salad! This salad is perfect as a main course since it has your protein, fruits, and vegetables all in one! Of course, it also works as a smaller side salad, but it might steal the show!
Prep Time 30 minutesminutes
Cook Time 6 minutesminutes
Servings 4side salads or 2 main entrée salads
cumin,for seasoning chicken
salt and pepper,for seasoning chicken
6 cupssalad greens,any salad greens
2medium pears,any variety
½-1shallot, (depending on the size of the shallot)peeled
½cupolive oil,extra virgin
4tablespoonsapple cider vinegar
¼teaspoon ground pepper
Preheat grill on high heat. Brush chicken lightly with oil and season with salt, pepper, and cumin on both sides.
Add chicken to the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. (Your grill temperature and cooking time will vary based on your grill and the thickness of the chicken). When grilling chicken,always use a meat thermometer to check if it is done. Your chicken is done when the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
Allow chicken to cool before slicing.
While the chicken is cooling, toast the pecans. Halve or roughly chop the pecans and add them to a small skillet. Over medium heat, toast the pecans in a dry skillet (do not add oil), stirring frequently so they don't burn. This process should take about 5 minutes, and they should be golden, fragrant, and crunchy.
Wash and slice the pears.
Peel the shallot. Add the shallot and all the other dressing ingredients to a blender, mini-prep, or immersion blender and process for 30 seconds. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week. Shake thoroughly before using.
Cooking chicken on the stovetop: When cooking your chicken on the stovetop, season the same way you would for grilling it. Heat your pan and 1 tablespoon of oil on the stove over medium-high heat. Place chicken breast in the pan and cook undisturbed for 5 to 7 minutes. Flip and continue cooking for another 7 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160F. Cooking time will always depend on the thickness of the chicken breasts.