Summer Salads Provide Healthy Nutrients, Great Taste

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

| June 2009

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.

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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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