Smoked chicken leftovers are perfect for sandwiches and of course salads. Who says salads need to be all green and boring? This smoked chicken recipe definitely breeds new life to salad recipes as no one can say no to its splendid aroma and flavor.
Learn to Make this Smoked-Chicken Salad
Indeed, this recipe is proof that healthy can be fun and exciting! Zesty, fresh, smoky, and accented with a burst of citrus, this salad will wow your summer guests. The chicken, goat cheese, and nuts, make this a salad appropriate as an appetizer or an entree.
- Tangelos or Oranges (4-6)
- Grapefruits (2-3)
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Chicken Fillets (if you want to lighten up the salad a bit, use breasts instead of thighs)
- Chicken Spice (I adore the Weber Zesty Lemon spice)
- Candied Walnuts
- Goat Cheese Feta
- Red Onion (1)
- Fresh Mint Leaves
Shell all of those pistachios! If you can, you can go to Costco and get a nice big bag of already-shelled pistachios.
Crumble up the goat cheese feta and toss it together with the candied nuts, blueberries, and sprigs of fresh mint.
Grill up your chicken with zesty lemon spice. I used my Traeger to get a lovely, smoky taste, but you can certainly oven-roast the chicken, as well! Or if already made your smoked chicken just skip this step and more right on to the next.
Slice up your red onion, and combine it in a bowl with the balsamic vinaigrette (entire bottle), and the pistachios. Mix all of that together and let the wonderful flavors mingle in the refrigerator as you prepare the rest of the dish.
Dice up your grapefruits and slice up your tangelos/oranges. Lay them across the bed of spinach in your salad bowl. Originally I used more grapefruit slices than are pictured, but they were so tart that I took some of them off and let it be a zingy accent flavor rather than an overpowering bitterness.
Spread your feta mixture over the salad.
Once your chicken is cooked and cooled, slice it up and lay it across the top of the salad. I’d recommend chilling it in the refrigerator for a while, so that it doesn’t wither the spinach while it’s warm.
Time for that lovely balsamic dressing that has been chilling in the refrigerator. Pour it over the top.
Now mix up the salad, and you are ready to serve!
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