Roasted Chicken and Fruit Salad

Menu Part: 
Salad
Cuisine Type: 
American
Serves: 
8

Delectable roasted fruit tops this warm chicken salad. Served on a bed of greens with a flavorful vinaigrette, this salad is satisfying and delicious.

Ingredients

1 5-6-lb. roasting chicken
1 lemon or orange
4 Asian pears
4 Granny Smith apples
Olive oil, as needed
8 strips of bacon, fried, crumbled
8 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
3 bunches scallions, sliced
4 stalks celery, sliced
8 oz. walnuts, chopped
Mixed greens, as needed
2 cups champagne-mustard vinaigrette

Steps

1. Thoroughly rinse bird. Pat dry, rub with lemon, and season. Roast uncovered for approx. 2 hr. at 350° F. oven, occasionally basting with pan juices. Remove from oven; allow to rest at least 20 min.

2. Carve bird, slicing meat with the skin on. Set aside.

3. Spread walnuts on a sheet pan and roast at 350° F. 3-5 min., shaking pan once. Reserve.

4. Wash, core, and quarter pears and apples. Brush lightly with olive oil, and roast at 350° F. until flesh turns golden.

5. Atop a bed of greens, layer chicken, bacon, blue cheese, scallions, celery, and walnuts. Garnish with roasted apples and pears. Drizzle with vinaigrette.

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