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Winter Pear Salad

Winter Pear Salad - So hearty with so many feel-good ingredients! With lemon rosemary chicken, brussels sprouts, pear + a honey dijon dressing. YES, PLEASE!

So hearty with so many feel-good ingredients! This pear salad recipe, with lemon rosemary chicken, brussels sprouts, pear + a honey dijon dressing. YES, PLEASE!

Winter Pear Salad - So hearty with so many feel-good ingredients! With lemon rosemary chicken, brussels sprouts, pear + a honey dijon dressing. YES, PLEASE!

Anyone else still rolling from the holidays? I feel like I have gained 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas with all the stuffing, cream pies, and corgi sugar cookies I have been stuffing down my gullet the last month.

It’s been absolutely glorious. I still have some leftover corgi sugar cookies hoarded away in my purse. SHHHHHH.

Winter Pear Salad - So hearty with so many feel-good ingredients! With lemon rosemary chicken, brussels sprouts, pear + a honey dijon dressing. YES, PLEASE!

But I also need all my veggies now, and then some to make up for the holidays, and this salad makes it almost too easy to get in all my nutrients.

With massaged kale, brussels sprouts, pear, pomegranate, and the juiciest marinated lemon rosemary chicken thighs, I can eat this for the entire month of January. The candied walnuts, crumbled blue cheese and honey Dijon dressing also help tremendously.

Winter Pear Salad

So hearty with so many feel-good ingredients! With lemon rosemary chicken, brussels sprouts, pear + a honey dijon dressing. YES, PLEASE!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups shredded kale
  • 3 cups shredded brussels sprouts
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 bosc pear, sliced
  • 3 clementines, peeled and segmented
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 3/4 cup candied walnuts
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Directions:

  1. In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper; marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight, turning the bag occasionally. Drain the chicken from the marinade.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron grill pan over medium-high heat.* Working in batches, add chicken to the grill pan in a single layer and cook until golden brown and cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  3. In a large bowl, combine kale, brussels sprouts and green onions; drizzle with remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, honey and Dijon. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Top with pear, clementines, pomegranate, walnuts and blue cheese.
  4. Serve immediately.

Notes:

*If you do not have a cast iron grill pan, you can also use a large cast iron skillet.

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12 comments

  1. What’s the calorie count for this dish?  Anyone know?

    • Hi Donna! Nutritional information is provided only for select recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, we recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”). Hope that helps!

  2. That. Looks “Damn Delicious”!!
    Lip smackin’ Goodness.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was fabulous. Such a great combination of flavors. Thank you so much for posting this! 

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Look good! I will try your recipe soon for my next holiday.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loved this salad! Was so tasty and filling and just the healthy but fun meal I needed! I’m curious do you know the nutrition information for this?

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just made your Winter pear salad, it was amazing!!!
    My husband said it was the best salad he ever ate. Thank you for this recipe

  7. Haven’t made it yet, but the picture alone is worth 5 stars! Just curious…it looks like chicken breast (not chicken thighs). Does this change anything in the directions? I’d rather use chicken breast anyway.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    This salad is so beautiful! I want to make it!! Can you suggest another cheese to
    add, my husband doesn’t eat blue cheese. (I love it, but he won’t touch it). I love all your recipes! The Best!! Happy New Year!!

    • Crumbly feta would work. A few slices of brie Or camembert would be indulgent too. Or just give yourself the luxury of blue cheese and him none 😉

  9. Can you recommend another dressing for this amazing salad? I am not a fan of dijon.