Candied Pecan and Herb Chicken Salad

Herb Chicken Candied-Pecan Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Herb Chicken and Candied Pecan Salad is the perfect low-carb, flavorful, and tasty Summer salad! With a little bit of crunch, a hint of sweet, and a lot of flavor, this salad is my new favorite! Made in partnership with the American Pecan Council!

Herb Chicken Candied Pecan Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I am so excited to partner with my friends at the American Pecan Council to bring you today’s delicious salad. I am seriously obsessed with this one!

Pecans are one of my all-time favorite nuts. Their crisp and buttery texture and naturally sweet taste makes them my go-to for salads and other savory dishes.

They are low in carbs, high in fiber, and they contain the same heart-healthy unsaturated fats that are found in other nuts, but they’re among the highest in monounsaturated fats, including the beneficial oleic acid that’s found in olive oil!

Another fun fact? Pecans have 3 grams of protein per ounce and 11% daily value of fiber per ounce! A heart healthy, nutritious snack that is so delicious! 

These candied pecans are next level amazing. You may remember my gift giving series this December. I packaged similar candied pecans as little gifts and they were an absolute hit. They’re even better in a salad!

Herb Chicken Candied Pecan Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I love this salad because it uses tons of fresh herbs from my garden and CSA, local mixed greens, and an AMAZING dressing.

Herb Chicken Candied Pecan Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

A little bit of sweet, a little bit of salty, plus the candied pecan crunch!

Herb Chicken Candied Pecan Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Candied Pecan and Herb Chicken Salad

Preparation 15 minutes 2017-07-24T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 30 minutes 2017-07-24T00:30:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

Candied Pecans

Grilled Herbed Chicken

Shallot Vinaigrette: (makes 1/2 cup)

  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, champagne vinegar, or red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Other Salad Ingredients

  • Fresh apples, peaches, or apricots, sliced thin
  • 2-4 cups mesclun greens or mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, diced or brie cheese
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 3 fresh figs, sliced in half

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F and line a half-sheet tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg white and water together until frothy.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together maple sugar and sea salt and set aside.
  4. Toss pecans in the frothed egg white mixture first and then place in spice mixture until evenly coated. Place on sheet tray and bake for 30 minutes. The pecans should be well coated in the maple sugar.
  5. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
  6. In a small mixing bowl, mix together garlic powder, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, and fresh herbs.
  7. Coat chicken well in herb mixture.
  8. Place chicken on a greased grill or grill pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked through. If using a grill pan, make sure to cover the chicken to ensure even cooking. Take chicken off heat, slice, and set aside until ready to eat.
  9. While chicken cooks, whisk salad dressing ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.
  10. Assemble all salad ingredients on a serving platter of choice. Save half of the candied pecans for snacking!  Drizzle with shallot vinaigrette (1/4 cup or more, as desired) and devour!

This post is sponsored by the American Pecan Council. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own!

Roasted Fig & Caramelized Onion Pizza

This weekend was REALLY fun. My mom came into town and we went wedding dress shopping! What a fun, girly, and at times overwhelming experience. We went for lunch, got our nails done, had fun dinners on the water, and went SHOPPING! I did not expect to find a dress the second day, but when I put in on I totally fell in love. I think finding a dress that you love and then putting on the vail really seals the deal. You just feel like a bride right then and there. Such a special moment!

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I can share a glimpse of the back of this one above, because it’s not the one I picked, obviously! 😉

 


 Now leaving the girly dress shopping talk and onto the ultimate pizza/flat bread.

You see, I am in love with figs all summer long. Black figs, tiger figs, you name it. They are just so gorgeous and delicious. Healthy candy!

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Figs + Caramelized Onions + Walnuts + Raw Honey = Perfection.

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Roasted Fig & Caramelized Onion Pizza

Preparation 10 min 2017-07-24T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 30 min 2017-07-24T00:30:00+00:00

Ingredients

Optional meat additions

  • crispy bacon
  • crumbled chorizo
  • prosciutto

Instructions

  • Make pizza crust as directed in post with no toppings (omit garlic granules and Italian seasoning)
  • In a skillet heat butter and add in sliced onions let cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until they cook down and brown
  • While cooking, slice figs
  • Once the pizza is done, drizzle 2 tbsp oil over
  • Add caramelized onions, figs, walnuts, and honey
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and serve
  • Recipe Notes

  • Add additional honey and sea salt as desired

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