Summer Salads Provide Healthy Nutrients, Great Taste

Salads are a great way to add satisfying flavor and versatility to a healthy diet.

| June 2009

  • Chicken salad
    SUCCULENT SALAD: Chicken Salad with Roasted Tomatoes provides healthy benefits and a satisfying taste.
    – Association for Dressings & Sauces/National Pecan Shellers Association
  • Pasta salad
    TASTY PASTA DISH: Warm Pasta Salad with Pecans and Spinach is flavorful and nutritious.
    – Association for Dressings & Sauces/National Pecan Shellers Association

  • Chicken salad
  • Pasta salad

Salads are a great way to add satisfying flavor and versatility to a healthy diet. In fact, research has shown that salad eaters consume greater amounts of essential nutrients, including vitamins C and E, and folic acid. The key to a nutritious salad is to build it with healthy ingredients, including pecans.

To find more salad and dressing recipes, visit www.SaladADay.org and www.Dressings-Sauces.org. More information about pecans can be found online at www.ILovePecans.org.

Chicken Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

½ cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
½ cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Dash of freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ pound cherry tomatoes
4 cups mixed greens
Red onion slices
Cucumber slices
2 ounces blue cheese, optional
Ranch or balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Heat oven to 400°F.



In a bowl, mix pecans, panko, salt, cayenne and black pepper together.

In an ovenproof skillet, melt butter and 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Dredge chicken in pecan-panko mixture. Sauté in skillet until brown on bottom, about 2 minutes. Turn chicken and place skillet in oven. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside. Slice when cool.






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