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Grilled Chicken Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ~ Hearty salad loaded with chicken, fruit, candied pecans, and bleu cheese in a tangy vinaigrette.

Grilled Chicken Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ~ Hearty kale (or mixed greens) loaded with grilled chicken, clementines, dried cranberries, candied pecans, and bleu cheese crumbles in a tangy cranberry vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist Ok, ok, I love kale. I know I toss it in everything I can possibly toss a green into. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that I am content to just eat a heaping salad comprised simply of kale. Toss in a few seasonal goodies available right now and I am one happy girl.

Cuties, those mandarin (clementine) oranges are all around and are my favorite fruit this time of year.  They contrast the sharp greens with their delicate sweetness.

But I couldn’t stop there, I had candied pecans, bleu cheese, and dried cranberries as well. Now that was the makings of the most perfect salad.

Grilled Chicken Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ~ Hearty kale (or mixed greens) loaded with grilled chicken, clementines, dried cranberries, candied pecans, and bleu cheese crumbles in a tangy cranberry vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

Chicken is something I always have on hand so I quickly grilled that up.  But the salad dressing was where I needed to stop and think for a bit. I rummaged though my “to make” Pendaflex file of index cards with recipes I’ve jotted down and I came across one for cranberry vinaigrette.

PERFECT.

I knew I had already purchased cranberry juice in concentrate to make the vinaigrette a while back.  There’s cranberry sauce still in the fridge from the holidays, and the remaining ingredients were simply pantry staples.

Grilled Chicken Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ~ Hearty kale (or mixed greens) loaded with grilled chicken, clementines, dried cranberries, candied pecans, and bleu cheese crumbles in a tangy cranberry vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

What Are the Best Greens to Use in a Salad

I served this with all kale for dinner to a friend. It was eaten happily but it was suggested maybe mixed greens would be best, for those who are not kale freaks like me. Do such people exist?

The next day, I served it to another friend for lunch using romaine as I knew kale would not be overly exciting to this diner. When you make it, use a green of your choice.  If you love kale like I love kale, use all kale.  If you are mixed greens person, that will work too.

Heck, I’m sure iceberg will be just fine if that’s how you roll. With all the goodies in this salad, you’ll have some seriously happy tastebuds. Grilled Chicken Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette will be happy on any type of green that you select.

Grilled Chicken Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ~ Hearty kale (or mixed greens) loaded with grilled chicken, clementines, dried cranberries, candied pecans, and bleu cheese crumbles in a tangy cranberry vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

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Grilled Chicken Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ~ Hearty kale (or mixed greens) loaded with grilled chicken, clementines, dried cranberries, candied pecans, and bleu cheese crumbles in a tangy cranberry vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

Hearty salad loaded with chicken, fruit, candied pecans, and bleu cheese in a tangy vinaigrette. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Grilled Chicken Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, salad, vinaigrette
Servings: 4
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Hearty salad loaded with chicken, fruit, candied pecans, and bleu cheese in a tangy vinaigrette.

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Ingredients

Cranberry Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp salt; +/- to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper; +/- to taste
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 tbsp cranberry juice concentrate
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (I used safflower)

Salad

  • 1 bag kale , mixed greens, or lettuce blend
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots or matchstick
  • 1/2 cup chopped purple cabbage
  • 14 cup candied pecans pieces
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts; sliced
  • 3-4 Cuties; peeled and segmented , halved, if desired
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

Vinaigrette

  1. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the oil.
  2. Slowly whisk the olive oil in, then the safflower oil.
  3. Continue whisking, increasing the speed until emulsified.

  4. Chill until ready to be used.
  5. Give it a quick stir. just prior to serving.

Salad

  1. Wash, toss, and dry the greens.
  2. Prep the carrots and the cabbage.
  3. Break up the pecans if they are whole.
  4. Sliced the cooked, grilled chicken.
  5. Peel and segment the clementines (Cuties), slice in half, if desired.
  6. Layer the salad with the greens, then all of the other ingredients, and drizzle with the desired amount of vinaigrette.  Top with the bleu cheese crumbles.

  7. Serve and Enjoy

Grilled Chicken Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ~ Hearty kale (or mixed greens) loaded with grilled chicken, clementines, dried cranberries, candied pecans, bleu cheese crumbles in a tangy cranberry vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

 

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46 Comments

  • Reply
    Ritu ahuja
    January 5, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Perfect Salad. It looks so delicious. Healthy and yummy. 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 1:02 am

      Thank you Ritu! It really is so good. I ate it several times, not tiring of it.

  • Reply
    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    January 5, 2015 at 3:31 am

    I think I’ll be sticking with the kale – big fav of my hubby and I – the vinaigrette looks amazing, yum!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 8:49 am

      I thought I worked late!!! Looking at the time stamp, you win! Hope you and the hubby enjoy.

  • Reply
    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
    January 5, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Looks like a great salad! I love cranberry with my salads 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Me too-love those little things. Thanks Sharon.

  • Reply
    Nutmeg Nanny
    January 5, 2015 at 7:06 am

    I love a good winter salad. This looks great!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Thank you, it was great, I was actually disappointed when I ate up all the leftovers.

  • Reply
    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
    January 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

    That vinaigrette looks amazing!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 9:55 am

      I may or may not have enjoyed sipping it out of the little shot glass I used for the photos…:-)

  • Reply
    Sharon Wong (Nut Free Wok)
    January 5, 2015 at 9:54 am

    That’s just absolutely gorgeous and very appetizing. I love the colors and presentation, makes eating healthy a beautiful experience.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Thank you Sharon, omit the candied pecans I think it might be ok for your household?

  • Reply
    Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen
    January 5, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I was waiting to see what the salad would be since last night! This looks SO YUMMY!! I absolutely love kale too, AND I love trying out new vinaigrettes. This is just up our Alley. Can’t wait to try it out 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Ah thank you Dini! Is your dish up? I will head over and check it out!

  • Reply
    Marye
    January 5, 2015 at 10:31 am

    This is my kind of salad!!

  • Reply
    Kelly @ TastingPage
    January 5, 2015 at 11:28 am

    You found the perfect way to bring a healthy salad into winter. Love the citrus notes and warm, grilled chicken. Can’t wait to make it!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you Kelly, hope you enjoy it.

  • Reply
    Victoria
    January 5, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Yay for winter salads! They are my favorite. And cranberry vinaigrette! That sounds fantastic!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you Victoria, the vinaigrette was most excellent.

  • Reply
    Tonia from TheGunnySack
    January 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I love all of the bright colors and delicious flavors in this salad! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Oh thank you Tonia! Hope you enjoy it.

  • Reply
    Lovefoodies
    January 5, 2015 at 12:47 pm


    This looks super! And I like your photos very much, and the colours on the plate. It is very inviting and appetising! Great job!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you so much Mary! It is a really tasty salad. Downside to blogging, I rarely remake anything in favor of making new things all the time.

  • Reply
    Lauren | Wicked Spatula
    January 5, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Ohh I love this! The cranberry Vinaigrette sounds perfect!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you Lauren! The vinaigrette is my favorite part too.

  • Reply
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    January 5, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    This is beautiful! Like a burst of sunshine 🙂 I love the idea of the cranberry vinaigrette & can’t wait to give it a go!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you Patricia, I hope you enjoy it.

  • Reply
    Christine @ A Sprinkle of This and That
    January 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Such a pretty salad! Pinning!

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    January 5, 2015 at 8:44 pm


    This looks so amazing. I love anything with pomegranates.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Aren’t they the best?! I love them.

  • Reply
    Linda (Meal Planning Maven)
    January 5, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    What a gorgeous salad! I know this will bring a smile to the faces of those that have many more cold winter days to come!

  • Reply
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    January 5, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I love winter salads! The cranberry vinaigrette sounds awesome!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you Des, it was my favorite part.

  • Reply
    Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines
    January 7, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Wow….thanks so much for liking kale so much. That salad looks absolutely delicious. I love all the flavors, especially the vinaigrette. And the blue cheese. And candied pecans. The chicken’s pretty awesome too.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 7, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      You sound like me, just keep rattling the ingredients because they are all my favorite. 🙂

  • Reply
    Connie | URBAN BAKES
    January 7, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I love kale too! And your cranberry vinaigrette looks so great! I’ve got to try this in my next salad!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Hope you enjoy it Connie.

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    Marlys (This and That)
    January 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    This sounds so good…I am drooling and it is a salad… your viniagrette sound so good, I need to try it.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 24, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      The vinaigrette just may be drinkable. 😉

  • Reply
    Marlys (This and That)
    February 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    What an awesome salad. I have been trying to eat more salads and will be trying this recipe soon

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 6, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you Marly! Hope you enjoy it.

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