Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

Apples and tangy orange dressing makes this chicken salad the main attraction. Cook’s tip: A 2-pound rotisserie-cooked chicken can be used to prepare this recipe, if desired. You may also want to top this with “Whole Grain Croutons”.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For dressing, zest one orange to measure 2 teaspoons zest.
  2. Juice oranges to measure 1/2 cup juice.
  3. Combine orange zest, mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, salt, black pepper and pressed garlic; whisk until smooth.
  4. While continuously whisking, add orange juice in a thin, steady stream; set dressing aside.
  5. For salad, place spinach in bottom of large serving bowl.
  6. Dice chicken and celery.
  7. Cut apples in half lengthwise; remove stems and seeds.
  8. Cut each apple half into small pieces.
  9. Chop onion.
  10. Layer chicken, celery, apples, onion, cranberries and pecans, if desired, over spinach.
  11. To serve, drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat.
  12. Top with orange segments (if you want to add this, you will need at least 1 extra orange) and Whole-Grain Croutons, if desired.
  13. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

This recipe is actually from Pampered Chef's 2006 Fall/Winter Season's Best Recipe Collection. My family and friends LOVE it!

pcdarlene December 29, 2012

Lovely combination of ingredients! I used the meat from a rotisserie chicken and this salad came together very quickly. I loved the dressing flavor! This made for a healthy, quick and satisfying family dinner. I'd say it served 3-4 as a main course (not the 12 that is stated). Thank you for posting! Made for Spring Pick A Chef in the Contests/Events forum.

LifeIsGood April 11, 2012

I was curious how the flavors of apple and orange would work out with the chicken in this recipe, but it was soooo good! It worked out well for us having a light supper. We loved this!!! Thanks.

Sue Lau May 01, 2008