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!
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!
I love this salad because it uses tons of fresh herbs from my garden and CSA, local mixed greens, and an AMAZING dressing.
A little bit of sweet, a little bit of salty, plus the candied pecan crunch!
Preheat oven to 250°F and line a half-sheet tray with parchment paper.
In a small mixing bowl, beat egg white and water together until frothy.
In a separate bowl mix together maple sugar and sea salt and set aside.
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.
Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
In a small mixing bowl, mix together garlic powder, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, and fresh herbs.
Coat chicken well in herb mixture.
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.
While chicken cooks, whisk salad dressing ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.
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!
The combination of juicy watermelon, marinated zesty ahi tuna, and fresh cucumber in this Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad makes for the perfect light and refreshing summer salad or meal starter!
I am so excited to share a few fabulous recipes, along with a recap, from our Hampton’s blogger retreat I co-hosted last month! I shared the Frosè last week, and this week I am sharing this amaing salad. We hired Chef Renee Blackman, A seasoned talent with experience in the culinary industry,
For one of our dinners, we decided to stay in and we hired Chef Renee Blackman, a super talented chef who was also on Food Network’s CHOPPED! We knew she was the right fit and could make a creative, Instagram-worthy meal for us!
Using a very sharp knife, trim away any skin from the tuna fillet. Cut the tuna into 1/4-inch cubes and place in a bowl. Add the chili marinade ingredients, minus the chili paste, to the blender and emulsify. Mix in the chili paste into the marinade then pour onto tuna and add salt to taste at the very end.
Use a mandolin (or a vegetable peeler) slice the cucumbers to be paper thin in the end result. When the cucumbers are sliced, roll them up and set to the side.
Slice the shallots then and then fry them. To fry the shallots: Place 1/4 cup of avocado oil or oil of choice into a small saucepan. While the oil is cold, add in the sliced shallots. Bring to frying temperature (375ºF) and fry until golden. Watch often to avoid burning. Set aside on a plate lined with paper towel until ready to serve. *The key is not heating the oil beforehand.
While the tuna is marinating, cut the watermelon into half-inch cubes (2 cups) and lightly season with salt t o the watermelon to bleed.
Assemble: Add the tuna and place a few watermelon cubes, garnish with shallots and cucumber rolls, top with cilantro and micro greens.
This Arugula Salad with Mint Chia Dressing inspired from a recent trip to Round Hill Jamaica will quickly become your new favorite salad dressing! It is flavorful, creamy, and bursting with fresh flavors!
A few weeks ago you may have seen on Snapchat and Instagram that we were in Jamaica at our absolute favorite resort, Round Hill. This was our second stay there, and it was just as fabulous as our first stay!
The understated luxury, quaint beauty, and small size of the resort are some of my favorite features, aside from the sunsets (see below), and the amazing, local and fresh cuisine. They even have Billy’s garden where they pick tons of their own fresh produce each morning!
Each morning we started our day with a Tropical Green Smoothie and a big ‘ol breakfast plate. One of the breakfast highlights was the Round Hill salad. Fresh arugula from their garden, slivered almonds, segmented oranges, and the best Mint Chia Dressing.
For lunch they start you off with fresh plantain chips and their homemade tapenade (ah-mazing, we took two jars home), and I ordered the chopped jerk chicken salad one MULTIPLE days. So fresh and delicious!
My fabulous friends at Round Hill said I could s hare with you the Mint Chia Dressing since I adored it SO MUCH.
This beet slaw is a tangy and sweet side dish, with all of those farm fresh beets, scallions, and fresh mint! It pairs perfectly with grilled chicken or salmon, or as an addition to any leafy green salad.
Confession: I haven’t always been a huge beet fan.
Lately though with all the beets from the CSA, and experimenting with my new juicer (beet juice is delicious), I’ve taken more of a liking to them! I wanted to throw these beets grated into some sort of a salad. It just seems more appealing grated to me. This slaw came about, since you know I love slaws, and it is packed with the most fabulous flavors.
My garden is bursting with fresh mint, and my CSA is giving me TONS of beets and scallions. I’m throwing all of my favorite flavors together to make a farmer’s market slaw that everybody will love. It comes together quickly for any BBQ or weekend lunch or dinner.
A hearty end of summer salad filled with caramelized peaches and crispy onions.
I am so excited to be over on Sylvie’s blog Gourmande in the Kitchen today, guest posting so she can spend some amazing time with her new addition, a gorgeous baby girl!
Today’s recipe is hands down one of my new favorites. See, while some people are moving towards Fall recipes already, I’m still sitting here in the heat, with TONS of fresh peaches and fresh kale and onions from my local CSA.
I love this salad. The sweet caramelized peaches with the crunch of the crispy onions is just such a wonderful combination! I also love that it is so flavorful that it pairs with any simple dressing!
Find the recipe over on Gourmande in the Kitchen HERE.
HAPPY MONDAY! Are you ready for Fall recipes yet, or still hanging onto summer?