I am not a salad person, but my daughter, Gemma, is– so I thought I would make her a big, beautiful autumn salad with all her favorite things in it today. Then I cut into the pomegranate and it was rotten, and the pears went bad before I had the chance to use them, and I completely forgot to buy feta cheese. So the salad I had in my mind didn’t go to plan at all, but I am so glad, because this one ended up being so much better! 

I used sweet apples instead of pears, goats cheese instead of feta, and added some slivers of celery, and although the combination sounds a little crazy, it just worked, and my daughter loved it! (Minus the goats cheese, which I just put in the adults’ salad). She may or may not have gone a little overboard with the dressing– which is probably the reason why she loved it so much! It has such a good balance of sweet and tartness and looks so pretty too!

I loved how quick and easy, healthy and delicious this recipe was to make– i’m a little more of a salad girl now!

Ingredients:
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 small package of mixed spring greens
4 small chicken breasts
2 pink lady/sweet Apples
1 6oz pkg Candied Pecans
5oz Goats Cheese
2 ribs celery
1/2 large punnet of raspberries

{for the dressing}
1/2 large punnet of Raspberries
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp poppy seeds
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides, then cook in the pan for around 5 mins a side, until the edges turn opaque, and it’s no longer pink in the center.

Meanwhile assemble the salad: wash the spring greens, apples and celery. Assemble a bed of spring greens in a big mixing bowl, or individual bowls, then thinly slice the celery, and cut the apples into matchsticks and add on top of the greens.

Add the raspberries, goats cheese and nuts. Slice the chicken, then lay the chicken on top of the salad.

For the dressing: Add all of the ingredients, except poppy seeds, to a blender, blend for 10/20 seconds until smooth, then mix in the poppy seeds by hand.

<3 Sarah