Strawberry Pecan Salad

 Loaded with sweet, ripe berries, this easy and light salad is perfect for summer gatherings. With only a ten minute prep time, even the busiest of people can whip this up in their kitchens!!
  • 1 cup Pecan Halves
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 oz package Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 8 oz fresh strawberries, halved
  • 4 oz fresh blueberries
  • 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced 
  • 15 oz can Mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped

Salad Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp poppyseeds

In a small skillet over medium heat, saute pecans with sugar. This should take several minutes for the sugar to dissolve as you stir the pecans. When done, set aside and cool. In a large bowl, combine the romaine, berries, oranges, cheese and onions, then add the diced chicken. In a small mason jar, combine the dressing ingredients and shake with the lid on.When ready to serve, add your pecans and drizzle the homemade dressing over the top.