I have to admit, now that I have a little bit of extra time, I’m really starting to enjoy blogging again. Before, I had to constantly remind myself to create at least one new post a month. Now, I can’t stop thinking of new dishes I want to create! This period may not last long so be prepared for a flood of recipes in the next couple of weeks! We’re diving right in with my new favorite salad, a fall harvest apple salad.
This apple salad seems so simple but the flavors work so well together. I mean, spiced pecans, baked apple chips, crumbly feta, and roasted chicken? How can you go wrong?
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
I strongly believe that salads shouldn’t take hours to prepare. This apple salad does take some effort but you can prepare most of the items beforehand to save you time. Bake the apple chips, chicken and spiced pecans the day before and toss everything the last minute for a quick meal. Better yet, purchase apple chips and rotisserie chicken for an even faster approach!
Since all of the ingredients already have a ton of flavor, you can go simple on the roasted chicken. A little garlic, salt, and pepper are all you need to season the poultry.
Toss the pecans with the melted butter and spices and bake until toasty. This is probably my favorite way to prepare pecans. They become nice and crunchy and not overly sweet while still retaining that “pecan-y” flavor.
Now for the apple chips. The trick in making the perfect apple chip is to use the right type of apple. I recommend golden delicious, pink lady or honey crisp. These apples hold their shape well when baked.
Use a mandoline to get consistent slices. I sliced my apple very thin to decrease the cooking time. If you want more of a crunch, slice your apples thicker. I’ve had the same results baking and frying the apple chips so the method is up to you. I prefer baking just to keep it a little healthier.
Alternatively, you can also use a dehydrator to prepare the apple slices. Let the chips cool before using as they will crisp up once cool. Make sure to bake a large batch because these also make a wonderful snack!
You can also slice the red onion with the mandoline to get nice thin slices. I soak mine in ice cold water for 10 minutes to help minimize that strong onion taste.
Now time to toss everything together. Crumbled feta, spiced pecans, apple chips, fresh apple, dried cranberries, red onion, roasted chicken and mesclun greens, oh my! This fall harvest apple salad has a little bit of everything to bring you a plate that screams, “it’s fall!” although, I may enjoy this year-round :).
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