Applewood Smoked Chicken, Pear and Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Dressing Recipe

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This is a nice main dish salad that serves two amply as a full meal. If you are not into smoking food as I am then grilling the chicken works fine as well. The applewood smoke flavor adds a nice accent taste to the dish however. If you don' have pomegranate molasses substitute honey but you won't get that sweet tang of the pomegranate flavor. I served the salad with freshly baked Afgan Naan bread and hummus.

A fruit forward red wine works well with the smoked chicken. I chose a 2008 Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Primitivo from Lake County.

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Servings: 2 Servings


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  1. Combine cranberries, vinegar, pomengranate molasses, mustard, salt/garlic pepper in a blender. Process on highest speed until the cranberries are completely broken down and ingredients form a liquid. Gradually add the olive oil in a slow steady stream to emulsify the dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Set dressing aside until service.
  2. Place prepared pears and avocado in lemon water to keep from browning until assemble. Refrigerate until service.
  3. Season and tie chicken breasts. If smoking preheat the smoker to 250^. Smoke at 250^ for about thiry five minutes or until the breasts are done. Allow breast to rest five minutes before cutting.
  4. Place spinach in two large salad bowls. Pat fruit and avocado dry before adding to spinach. Cut breast into pieces and add to salad. Top with raisins, almonds and crumbled blue cheese.
  5. Serve dressing tableside to be added to salad. I served the salad with freshly baked Afgan Naan bread and hummus.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 809g
Recipe makes 2 servings
Calories 1357  
Calories from Fat 737 54%
Total Fat 83.26g 104%
Saturated Fat 17.86g 71%
Trans Fat 0.03g  
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 1346mg 56%
Potassium 2229mg 64%
Total Carbs 121.29g 32%
Dietary Fiber 19.4g 65%
Sugars 79.16g 53%
Protein 42.75g 68%
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  • judee
    September 29, 2012
    As a vegetarian, the salad and the dressing sound fabulous to me. What a great recipe for company instead of a waldorf salad.

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