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Smoked Chicken, Spinach, Apple & Cheese Salad Recipe

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This recipe is adapted from one that appeared in Bon Appetit in 2004. I added smoked chicken breasts, candied pecans, Gouda cheese and bacon to the original. I also added apple juice concentrate and mayonnaise to the dressing. The recipe makes two very large main dish salads or 4 smaller servings. If you are not into smoking foods as I am the chicken would be fine grilled.

For a wine I selected a Viansa 2012 Jade Ridge Pinot Noir. It is fruit forward with flavors or blackberry and spice.

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Servings: 4
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Cost per serving $4.65 view details

Directions

  1. Preheat the smoker with the apple wood chunks at 250^.
  2. Combine vinegar and syrup in mixing bowl. Add apple juice concentrate. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Whisk in mayonnaise to emulsify. Season to taste with pepper and garlic. The dressing can be made in advance and refrigerated.
  3. Cook the bacon. Coat the chicken with Dijon mustard and maple syrup. Season to taste with pepper and garlic.
  4. Smoke the chicken for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 170^. Tent the chicken with foil and let it rest for a couple of minutes before slicing.
  5. Combine the spinach, cheeses and apple wedges in large salad bowls. Break the bacon into pieces on top of salad. Add the candied pecans. Slice the chicken and place on top of the salad.
  6. Serve the dressing table side with the salads.
  7. Salad is ready for service.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 419g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 1045  
Calories from Fat 693 66%
Total Fat 78.27g 98%
Saturated Fat 23.91g 96%
Trans Fat 0.11g  
Cholesterol 149mg 50%
Sodium 1297mg 54%
Potassium 940mg 27%
Total Carbs 44.85g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4.5g 15%
Sugars 33.65g 22%
Protein 42.06g 67%

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