Lara Hata
Total Time
25 Mins
Makes 4 main-dish servings

Jay Decker combines barbecued chicken, sweet nectarines, tangy goat cheese, and toasted pecans in a great entrée salad. Prep and cook time: about 25 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Spread pecans in a baking pan and bake until golden under skins, about 10 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.

Step 2

Mound salad greens on four dinner plates. In a small bowl, stir vegetable oil, walnut oil, and vinegar to blend. Set aside.

Step 3

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Lay on a lightly oiled barbecue grill over a solid bed of medium-hot coals or medium-high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 3 to 4 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook chicken, turning occasionally, until meat is no longer pink in center of thickest part (cut to test), about 15 minutes total. Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Remove skin if desired.

Step 4

Slice chicken across the grain 1/2 inch thick; arrange over greens. Tuck nectarine around chicken. Scatter goat cheese and pecans over the top. Stir dressing; pour over salads. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5

Nut Oils on Salad: A drizzle of walnut, hazelnut, or almond oil makes a salad dressing--like the one in this salad--rich and interesting. Until recently, though, nut oils have generally been imported and pricey. Now, less expensive oils pressed from Western nuts are joining imports in grocery stores.

Step 6

Nut oils are good for your heart, as well as your salads. Almond and hazelnut oils are rich in monounsaturated fats, and walnut oil supplies omega-3 fatty acids. Refrigerate nut oils after opening; they turn rancid quickly at room temperature.

Step 7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving without skin.

Ratings & Reviews

schepesm's Review

August 10, 2012
This recipe was amazing. Very simple to make, and I thought the toasted pecans were a great addition! This will definitely be one of my new weeknight, easy summer faves.

jenmax's Review

August 31, 2011
I already make a salad almost exactly like this, but I vary the dressing, and I often make the pecans spiced pecans to add to the salad. I do not see what they did with the nectarines, but sometimes I grill them, although my family prefers them fresh. I am making it tonight, in fact, but with a spicy mango salad dressing that I buy in the produce dept. ( for when I feel lazy), and sometimes add a bit of fresh lime to. It is a very good product, a refrigerated dressing. I do sometimes use a vinaigrette, and will have to try it with walnut oil. Thanks!

goldengirl1's Review

July 11, 2011
Nice light summer salad! I especially loved the dressing. Easy to prepare.