Grilled Chicken, Bacon, and Pear Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Grilled Chicken, Bacon, and Pear Salad with Poppyseed dressing is made with crisp romaine lettuce, tender and juicy grilled chicken and pears. Topped with Walnuts, feta cheese, and a creamy poppyseed dressing this salad is phenomenal! 

Grilled Chicken, Bacon, and Pear Salad with Poppyseed dressings in a white bowl.

Hey hey, Tiffany from Creme de la Crumb back with an AWESOME salad recipe for you today. I truly believe I could eat this salad every single day for the rest of the year and not get sick of it, it’s that good. So good that I start to crave it again before I’ve even finished eating it.

That combination of candied walnuts, bacon, and juicy slightly-tart pears is a winner no doubt, and the creamy poppyseed dressing takes it to a whole new level of YUM. The great thing is that it pleases the whole entire family. The kids love the sweetness of the pears and candied walnuts (they might not even notice they’re eating nuts!), Dad loves the bacon and chicken (honestly who wouldn’t…) and Mom loves the fact fact that she can get everybody on board for having salad for dinner. Plus bonus points for easy, quick prep and cleanup!

Grilled Chicken, Bacon, and Pear Salad with Poppyseed dressing being poured on top.

Grilled Chicken, Bacon, and Pear Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Grilled Chicken, Bacon, and Pear Salad with Poppyseed dressing is made with crisp romaine lettuce, tender and juicy grilled chicken and pears. Topped with Walnuts, feta cheese, and a creamy poppyseed dressing this salad is phenomenal!

Ingredients

  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 6 strips of bacon cooked til crispy (or to desired doneness) and chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded to even thickness
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese
  • 2 pears sliced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced

!poppyseed dressing

  • 3/4 cups reduced fat mayo
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2/ tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard.
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all dressing ingredients until smooth. Cover and chill until ready to use.
  2. Season chicken with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Grill over medium heat 5-8 minutes on each side until cooked through and lightly browned on the outside.
  3. While chicken is grilling prepare the candied walnuts. Preheat a pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Stir walnuts for 2-3 minutes. Add sugar and continue to stir until sugar is dissolved and walnuts are coated. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool. Crush slightly and set aside.
  4. Arrange salads with lettuce on the bottom, then top with chicken, pears, onions, bacon, and cheese. Serve with poppyseed dressing.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken, Bacon, and Pear Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 494mg21%
Potassium 554mg16%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 102IU2%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Grilled Chicken, Bacon, and Pear Salad with Poppyseed dressing in a white bowl.

Tiffany

Tiffany is an avid cook and photographer who enjoys eating food as much as she does preparing it. She likes to focus on quick, no-fuss meals with lots of big, bold flavors the whole family will love. Putting her own tasty spin on a classic meal or flavor combination is her passion!

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