Date and Chicken Salad

Prep Time: about 20 minutes. Notes: Choose tangerines that have tight skins, such as Kinnow.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 317
  • Calories from fat: 8.5%
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 51g
  • Fiber: 5.1g
  • Sodium: 600mg
  • Cholesterol: 60mg


  • 1 head fennel (3 1/2 to 4 in. wide)
  • 2 cups shredded boned, skinned cooked chicken breast
  • 10 Medjool dates (about 2 in. long)
  • 1/2 pound tangerines (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salad oil (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt


  1. 1. Trim stalks from fennel. Rinse feathery green leaves; chop enough to measure 2 to 3 tablespoons and save a few others for garnish. Discard remaining leaves and stalks. Trim root end, any bruised areas, and coarse fibers from fennel head. Rinse head and cut into paper-thin slices. In a bowl, combine chopped leaves, sliced fennel, and chicken.
  2. 2. Cut dates lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide slices; discard pits. Add dates to bowl.
  3. 3. Rinse tangerines and cut in half crosswise. Ream juice from 1/2 the fruit and add to bowl. Cut remaining tangerines (including peel) vertically into paper-thin slices, discarding seeds; add to bowl, along with vinegar and oil. Sprinkle mixture with cayenne, mix gently, and spoon onto plates. Garnish with a few of the reserved green fennel leaves. Add salt to taste.
  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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