Ina’s Cape Cod Salad with Breaded Chicken

This is a salad recipe that has come into my repertoire and regular rotation that I have adapted from Ina Garten’s Cape Cod Chopped Salad (the original recipe is posted on barefootcontessa.com). I liked the flavours, toppings and dressing, and it has paired nicely with a pecan crusted chicken I have done (yummy and yes still to post!). However, one night all I had were some frozen breaded chicken breast chunks and it turned out really delicious (for my Canadian readers I used PC Blue Menu Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks with Flaxseed). Both my husband and I really loved the breaded chicken on the salad, made a delicious salad for dinner meal.

As usual with my salad recipes, I never measure (sorry!). I just eyeballed and arranged a plateful for my husband and I after the kids had their portions of chicken! Moms, you know we just “make it happen” when we need to! The dressing amounts however are measured.

Salad Ingredients:

  • Cooked breaded chicken breast chunks (I like PC Blue Menu Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks with Flaxseed), or some grilled chicken
  • A big handful of mixed greens of your choice
  • One diced apple (skin on) of your choice (I had Empire on hand)
  • A handful of fresh chopped pecans (not toasted)
  • A handful of dried cranberries
  • A sprinkling of crumbled blue cheese

Dressing Ingredients (enough for 2 salad portions):

  • 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 1/4 tsp dijon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • a pinch of kosher salt (or more to taste – I don’t like overdoing the salt)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
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