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Pear, Cranberry Chicken Salad

A beautiful and simple salad with all the sweetest flavors of fall. Simple grilled chicken, pears, cranberries, walnuts and more are stacked up on leafy greens and topped with a maple balsamic vinaigrette to make a quick and easy meal!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 624kcal
Author Lauren


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut in half from top to bottom to back cutlets)
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 cups spring mix (or any leafy green)
  • 2 pears, halved, pitted and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • ½ cup feta
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped (roasted or raw)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries


  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 small shallots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • PREP THE CHICKEN: Heat oil in a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Season the chicken cutlets with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper on both sides.  
  • COOK THE CHICKEN: When the oil shimmers, reduce the temp to medium and add the chicken cutlets to the pan. Cook chicken for 3-4 minutes per side, or until no longer pink in the center. 
  • MAKE THE DRESSING: While the chicken cooks, add all dressing ingredients to a blender and blend on low for 30-40 seconds. Set aside while you assemble to salads.
  • ASSEMBLE THE SALAD: In a large bowl, add 3 cups of greens, 1 sliced chicken breast cutlet, ½ a pear, 2 tablespoons feta, 2 tablespoons nuts, and 2 tablespoons of dried cranberries. Dress each salad with 2 tablespoons of the maple balsamic vinaigrette. 


Calories: 624kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 234g | Saturated Fat: 47g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 761mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 6100IU | Vitamin C: 53.6mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 3.6mg