Panera's Harvest Chicken Salad - homemade version
I am in LOVE with Panera's Harvest Chicken Salad - blue cheese, walnuts, cherries, oh my! So I had to try whipping up my own version at home. The result was so yummy! And I got to use my new WIlliams-Sonoma Viniagrette Shaker to boot. More details and recipes on my blog www.trimmedandtaylored.blogspot.com! XOX!
Cherry walnut salad (Panera's Harvest Chicken)Ingredients:I made for two, but you can totally adjust the below by taste or number of eaters- Mixed greens or other lettuce- Pear (1)- Handful of dried cherries- Toasted walnuts - about 1/2 cup- Crumbled blue cheese - about 1/2 cup- Grilled chicken breast (1) 1. Toss ingredients together and serve with the vinaigrette below.Cherry Vinaigrette:Makes one cup - more than enough for a salad for two. -1/3 cup dried cherries- 1/4 cup hot water - 1 cloves garlic- 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil- 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard- 1/4 teaspoon salt- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper1. Soak cherries in hot water for 15 minutes; pour cherries and liquid into blender or food processor. Add garlic, vinegar and half of olive oil. Process until garlic is finely chopped. 2. Add mustard, salt and pepper, blending after each addition. 3. With blender running, add remaining olive oil in a steady stream.4. Serve with salad and save the rest in an airtight container for only a couple of days.