Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mixed Greens with Chicken and White Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette

I had the opportunity to delight in this salad this summer while out shopping with a girlfriend.  I raved about it to her.  I went home and raved about it to my husband.  When I returned to the restaurant later in the summer with a girlfriend from out of state, I raved about it to her.  I got the bold idea to ask the restaurant manager if there was any possible way to obtain the recipe, somehow.   He was kind enough to make me a copy of the ingredient list.  So I was faced with the challenge of re-creating it.  Not sure I could do it.  It called for white balsamic vinegar, which I had never heard of before.  As luck would have it, I accidentally saw it on the shelf at Trader Joe's during a recent shopping trip with the girls (are you getting the shopping theme here??!)  So, one obstacle overcome.  :)  When I was finally ready to attempt this salad and the vinaigrette, I decided first to google it and see if there were any helps I could add to my ingredient list.  Well, wouldn't you know.  First link, there was the recipe!  Score!  I just love how Google enables my laziness!!  I had to make a couple of tweaks, as I didn't have apple juice concentrate or cider available, and next time I will use a lighter oil than EVOO...the olive oil taste was pretty dominant.  A light olive oil next time, perhaps?

Anyway, YUM.  And much cheaper to make than to buy at the restaurant.... 

 Mixed Greens with Chicken and White Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette
Adapted from Suite 101

6 cups mixed field greens (such as arugula, radicchio, curly endive, etc.)
1-1/2 cup cooked, shredded rotisserie chicken breast
1/3 cup blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced

For Apple White Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1 Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled, and finely chopped
2 Tbsp. apple juice concentrate
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. sour cream
1 tbl. unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup light olive oil (or any light salad oil)

Toss mixed greens, rotisserie chicken, blue cheese, pecans and apple slices together in a large salad bowl.

Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients and pour over salad. Serve immediately.

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