Pecan, Chicken, Romaine, and Apple Salad

Wondering what ingredients go well together to make an amazing salad and make you feel like you’ve stepped into an adorable bistro? We have the answer right here, with a classically elegant combination of delicate flavors. You may even have these ingredients on hand, so it will be easy to toss together your new favorite salad recipe at a moment’s notice.  Start with Taylor Farms’ crisp romaine as the sturdy foundation of this salad, then add tasty goodness, one step at a time.

Total TIME 25 minutes


1 Taylor Farms Hearts of Romaine (or chopped Romaine Hearts)

1 chicken breast, cubed or 1 cup cubed rotisserie chicken 

1 apple, Gala or Pink Lady, sliced very thin

3 Tablespoons raw, unsalted pecans

3 Tablespoons cranberries

¼ cup blue cheese


Honey Mustard Dressing Ingredients:

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

2 Tablespoons honey

2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Chop cooked chicken breast and set aside (either warm or cold) and thinly slice the apple.
  2. Arrange the chopped hearts of romaine on a serving plate or in a large bowl. 
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar until well combined. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking continuously until the dressing is smooth and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  4. Sprinkle the romaine with the chicken, apple slices, pecans, cranberries, and crumbled blue cheese, then drizzle with the prepared dressing.

What’s great about salad recipes like this one is its diversity of nutrients and textures.

When building a salad, we suggest combining elements that bring a unique taste profile to your salad bowl, such as:

  • Salty (like the blue cheese)
  • Crunchy (like the romaine)
  • Sweet (like the cranberries)
  • Filling & protein-filled (like the chicken)
  • Juicy (like the apple)
  • Tart (like the dressing)

You can also add ingredients that are creamy (like goat cheese or mozzarella shreds), crispy (like roasted chickpeas or pepitas), or spicy (like red pepper flakes or red onion).

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