This recipe is actually from Pampered Chef's 2006 Fall/Winter Season's Best Recipe Collection. My family and friends LOVE it!
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.
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.
I made this tonight with a few modifications: 1) used orange juice instead of juicing an orange, 2) used Romaine instead of spinach, 3) omitted the cranberries and 4) subbed walnuts for pecans. All in all this is a very delicious salad. I ate it for dinner at my son's baseball game. The dressing is sweet and tangy and I think the inclusion of the cranberries would have made it too sweet, but perhaps that was because I used orange juice instead of juicing the oranges. The garlic gives it a nice punch. To say that this serves 12 people with only 2 cups of chicken and 6 oz greens is an overestimation in my opinion. I would say that as written, this recipe would serve 4 adults as a salad (and not a main dish as I ate it). Also, the calorie count on this incorrect. One boneless, skinless chicken breast has approximately 200 calories alone, and you need approx 1.5 breasts get 2 cups of diced chicken. I entered this recipe on a calorie tracking website and it told me that, as written, the recipe has approx 950 calories total, or approx 240 per serving (for 4 people). This is a great summer salad to eat cold or to take to your childrens' games. I will definitely be making this again.
DELICIOUS! Even the kids liked it. I used romaine lettuce instead of spinach and omitted the onion (both because of the kids). The salad is easy to put together, the dressing is wonderful and NOT too sweet. A wonderful, crunchy, crispy combination that's perfect for a fall menu.
This is a great salad. The dressing is light and so fresh tasting! I loved the cranberries with the spinach and chicken.