Chicken and Pear Spinach Salad

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Nutritional Information

Calories 645
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Protein 47 g
Fat 21 g
Satfat 4.5 g
Carbohydrate 71 g
Fiber 9.5 g
Sodium 1056 mg
Cholesterol 106 mg


1/3 cup slivered almonds
1 firm-ripe pear (3/4 lb.)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
About 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
3/4 pound baby spinach leaves (4 qt.), rinsed and crisped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (including tops)
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese


1. In a 6- to 8-inch frying pan over medium heat, stir nuts until golden, about 6 minutes. Let cool.

2. Cut chicken into 1/4-inch-thick strips 2 to 3 inches long. Rinse pear and cut lengthwise into quarters. Trim core from each quarter and discard; thinly slice quarters lengthwise.

3. In a large bowl, mix vinegar, olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt. Add spinach, cranberries, green onions, almonds, chicken, and 3/4 of the pear slices. Mix gently to coat.

4. Spoon 1/4 of the salad onto each of 4 dinner plates. Top portions equally with remaining pear slices and sprinkle with cheese. Add garlic salt and pepper to taste. Serve with spice crisps.


August 2001