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Chicken Harvest Salad

Chicken Harvest Salad - Juicy, tender chicken, crisp bacon, apples, figs and almonds with a honey Dijon vinaigrette. The ultimate, feel-good autumn salad!!

Juicy, tender chicken, crisp bacon, apples, figs and almonds with a honey Dijon vinaigrette. The ultimate, feel-good autumn salad!!

Chicken Harvest Salad - Juicy, tender chicken, crisp bacon, apples, figs and almonds with a honey Dijon vinaigrette. The ultimate, feel-good autumn salad!!

Hello, Fall!

Or should I say hello, Winter? I wore my parka this morning. No joke. It was 50 degrees F, and the highs next week will be 48 degrees F.

But hey, it’s technically Fall so I’m just going to roll with that and make this harvest salad for as long as possible. And yes, I am absolutely grilling my chicken until we have snowfall, which may happen in a few weeks! But don’t worry, guys. A grill pan on the stovetop will work just fine.

Aside from the juicy, tender grilled chicken thighs, we also have crunchy kale, crisp bacon, sliced apples, fresh, sweet figs, chopped almonds and crumbled goat cheese with a super bomb honey Dijon vinaigrette.

It’s the absolute must-have, feel-good Fall salad, guys. I promise.

Chicken Harvest Salad - Juicy, tender chicken, crisp bacon, apples, figs and almonds with a honey Dijon vinaigrette. The ultimate, feel-good autumn salad!!

Chicken Harvest Salad

Juicy, tender chicken, crisp bacon, apples, figs and almonds with a honey Dijon vinaigrette. The ultimate, feel-good autumn salad!!

20 minutes20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, cut into thirds
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Kosher salt freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large bunch kale, stems removed and leaves shredded
  • 1 medium apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup quartered fresh figs
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

For the honey Dijon vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, Dijon, honey and thyme; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Drain excess fat; transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Preheat grill to medium heat. Season chicken with thyme, onion powder and garlic powder.
  4. Brush chicken with canola oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken to grill, and cook, turning occasionally, until chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 10 minutes.
  5. To assemble the salad, place kale in a large bowl; top with bacon, chicken, apple, figs, celery, almonds and goat cheese. Pour the honey Dijon vinaigrette on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
  6. Serve immediately.

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7 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    We really enjoyed this tonight! It’s warm here by day and then chilly in the evening so the cool fruits and veggies contrasted with the grilled chicken was perfect!

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    I made this with the friend so that we didn’t have to order out. Yum. So much yum.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    It looks colorful and healthy..drooling

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have got to try this!

  5. I love salads but I often end up eating the same. This one has all my favorite ingredients so putting it on my menu for next week!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious! My whole family (husband and two teenagers) loved this for dinner tonight. I didn’t have kale, so substituted green and red leaf lettuce. I also added radish. The dressing is so good and could be used on other salads as well. Thanks for this recipe!