Chicken Salad With Nectarines in Mint Vinaigrette

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

The mint adds a refreshing note to the dressing, which will also work well in a fresh fruit salad. Use any curly lettuce leaves in place of red leaf. From Cooking Light Magazine, May 2004.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To prepare dressing, place mint and sugar in a food processor; process until finely chopped, scraping sides of bowl. Add vinegar, juice, salt, and pepper, and process 30 seconds to combine.
  2. To prepare salad, combine chicken, cucumber, pecans, onion, and nectarines in a medium bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss well to coat. Place 1 lettuce leaf on each of 5 plates; top each serving with 3/4 cup salad.
  3. Note: In a pinch, substitute fresh melon for the nectarines. Look for chopped peeled melon in the produce section at the grocery. Cooking time is for the chicken.
Most Helpful

Definitely more than a 5 star salad! I did use a tad less sugar- 3 tablespoons. I REALLY liked this a lot! Vibrant flavors. And what a nice way to leftover chicken. My picture was taken before mixing the dressing into the chicken mixture, so it doesn't look exactly right. Thanks for a keeper. Made for Unrulies Under the Influence during Greece ZWT6.

WiGal June 12, 2010

A fresh cool summer salad. I like the idea of blending these flavors, but the balance was a little off for my taste. I would use more mint, and omit the sugar, relying on the sweetness of the fruit. I did substitute in-season peaches for the nectarines. This can be eaten on the lettuce as a salad, or used as a sandwich filling (on sturdy bread).

realbirdlady June 03, 2009

This was a very fresh salad, I made it for a picnic and skipped the lettuce leaves for the ease of the picnic. Loved the Mint vinaigrette. Made for ZWT5 - all abroad challenge.

morgainegeiser June 01, 2009