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Chicken Salad with Nectarines in Mint Vinaigrette

The mint adds a refreshing note to the dressing, which will also work well in a fresh fruit salad. Use any curly lettuce leaves in place of red leaf.

Cooking Light MAY 2004

  • Yield: 5 servings (serving size: 1 lettuce leaf and 3/4 cup salad)


  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salad:
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup chopped seeded cucumber
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 3 nectarines, chopped, peeled, and pitted
  • 5 red leaf lettuce leaves


To prepare dressing, place mint and sugar in a food processor; process until finely chopped, scraping sides of bowl. Add vinegar, juice, salt, and pepper, and process 30 seconds to combine.

To prepare salad, combine chicken, cucumber, pecans, onion, and nectarines in a medium bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss well to coat. Place 1 lettuce leaf on each of 5 plates; top each serving with 3/4 cup salad.

Note: In a pinch, substitute fresh melon for the nectarines. Look for chopped peeled melon in the produce section at the grocery.


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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 241
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 7.4g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Protein: 16.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 29g
  • Fiber: 3.6g
  • Cholesterol: 39mg
  • Iron: 3.4mg
  • Sodium: 163mg
  • Calcium: 71mg

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