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Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette ~ Fresh bed of salad greens topped with dried cranberries, grilled chicken, blue cheese, apples and a citrus vinaigrette.Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette ~ Fresh bed of salad greens topped with dried cranberries, grilled chicken, blue cheese, apples and a citrus vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La CerdaThe other day my neighbor Caydee was over visiting and we got chatting about the start of fall (my favorite season) which leads to winter (her favorite season). We both acquiesced it might have something to do with our birthdays being in our respective favorite seasons.

As we chatted about the various things we love this time of year, we found we had something in common; we both tend to restock our cupboards and freezers. Maybe we’re like squirrels and gathering for winter?

Maybe it has something to do with the fact I hate driving in the snow. Psychologically speaking, it’s possible I want to overstock the shelves to avoid going out in the weather. Or it could be all the holidays and extra cooking I do. Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette ~ Fresh bed of salad greens topped with dried cranberries, grilled chicken, blue cheese, apples and a citrus vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La CerdaShe and I also talked about all the foods associated with this time of year. Personally, I love hearty soups and stews, cheesy pastas, holiday comfort food, and don’t laugh, brussel sprouts and cranberries. Yes, I love brussel sprouts and cranberries. I even have a dish or two with them together, like this one.

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Luckily, I can enjoy cranberries all year long by picking up a bag or two of Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries. I’m not sure when I discovered dried cranberries, but it was love at first sight, it’s something about their taste, texture and color – it’s the “zing” that make them unique. I have used Craisins® Dried Cranberries in both sweet and savory dishes, several of which are published here.Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette ~ Fresh bed of salad greens topped with dried cranberries, grilled chicken, blue cheese, apples and a citrus vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La CerdaIn the past, I’d buy them in bulk at Sam’s club, however, Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries may not be available at all Sam’s Club locations, but they are still available at a number of retailers! I picked up a bag at Walmart and they were on the rollback price of $4.98 for the 24 oz package and a $1 off coupon. Score!

I love having Craisins® Dried Cranberries on hand. They make a great snack for my daughter after school and I love to toss them in about everything from her hot cereal for breakfast to my pasta dishes. They almost always end up in my salads as well, like this one.

As the weather turns, the foods I cook tend to be heartier and richer. My taste buds love it, but my waistline, well not so much. I still need to keep things light and healthy as much as possible (so I can indulge when the time comes). The citrus at the store has looked amazing and with my new package of Craisins® Dried Cranberries, this salad pretty much made itself in my shopping cart. The salad is an amazing combination of tangy, a bit of sweet, and savory. Pretty much the trifecta of eating. You’ll have leftover vinaigrette and it’d make a great marinade for chicken, pork, and seafood. Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette ~ Fresh bed of salad greens topped with dried cranberries, grilled chicken, blue cheese, apples and a citrus vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette ~ Fresh bed of salad greens topped with dried cranberries, grilled chicken, blue cheese, apples and a citrus vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, citrus, cranberry, salad dressing, vinaigrette
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette ~ Fresh bed of salad greens topped with dried cranberries, grilled chicken, blue cheese, apples and a citrus vinaigrette.
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Ingredients

  • Citrus Vinaigrette
  • 1 small shallot; minced
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp honey or orange honey +/- to taste
  • 1/8 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/8 tsp orange zest
  • 1 small garlic clove; minced/grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Salad
  • 6 oz mixed greens; cleaned
  • 10 oz cooked cubed chicken
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 apple; cored and cubed
  • 1/4 cup Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries
  • 3 tbsp sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Citrus Vinaigrette
  2. Combine all the ingredients but the salt and pepper together in a large bowl and whisk or a jar with a lid and shake until combine.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cover and chill until ready to be used.
  5. Shake/whisk well before serving.
  6. Salad
  7. Add all the salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss.
  8. Serve and add the vinaigrette to each serving.
  9. Enjoy.

Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette ~ Fresh bed of salad greens topped with dried cranberries, grilled chicken, blue cheese, apples and a citrus vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La CerdaGrilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette ~ Fresh bed of salad greens topped with dried cranberries, grilled chicken, blue cheese, apples and a citrus vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette ~ Fresh bed of salad greens topped with dried cranberries, grilled chicken, blue cheese, apples and a citrus vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    carrie @ frugal foodie mama
    September 14, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Oh yum! This salad sounds perfect for fall! 🙂 And I love the combo of the dried cranberries with the citrusy dressing.

  • Reply
    Sandi (@fearless_dining)
    September 14, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    What a fabulous salad….pinning!

  • Reply
    Dee
    September 14, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    This is such a gorgeous salad — love the flavors and love Craisins too!

  • Reply
    Meg @ With Salt and Wit
    September 14, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    This salad looks amazing! I wish I was digging into it right now!

  • Reply
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
    September 14, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    All those colors and flavors – I’m in love! I’m a huge fan of dried cranberries, they brighten up just about anything!

  • Reply
    Caydee Meibos
    September 14, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this with me!! It tasted sooooooo good. You are officially my salad dressing sensei.

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      September 14, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      Making vinaigrettes, as simple as they are, are a favorite because you can use anything.

  • Reply
    Jessica | The Novice Chef
    September 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Cranberries are one of my favorite ways to spruce up a meal!

  • Reply
    Angela Bishop
    September 15, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    This looks AMAZING! Citrus and Craisins are meant to be together! Thanks for sharing! #client

  • Reply
    Cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling
    September 15, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    The PERFECT fall/winter/holiday salad!

  • Reply
    Kim Lee
    September 19, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Looks like my kind of salad! So colorful and vibrant!

  • Reply
    Jolina - The Unlikely Baker
    September 19, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    We love Craisins. We always have a big bag at home and use them for granola and yes – salads! We’re going to try your salad soon 🙂 (PS: You know, I think your theory about favorite seasons and birthdays might have something to it – I love summer and my birthday is in June! Haha!)

  • Reply
    Alli
    September 19, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    All the flavors in this sound absolutely amazing!! This is something I absolutely need to try!

  • Reply
    Melanie
    September 19, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I am always looking for new ways to enjoy salads!

  • Reply
    Sandra
    September 19, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I love adding Craisins to salads! They add the perfect amount of flavor. Pairs fantastic with your dressing too!

  • Reply
    Lori Vachon
    September 20, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I just love the slightly tart pop of Craisins in a salad, so good!

  • Reply
    katriza luna
    September 20, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I’ve been craving some cranberries! I love them in my salad!

  • Reply
    Angela
    September 20, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I love everything about this salad! Great colors, flavors and texture

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