Cara Cara Orange Chicken Goat Cheese Salad
with Butter Rum Sweet Spiced Pecans and a Maple Ginger Citrus Yogurt Dressing
This is the kind of salad that warms your heart and your spirit in the midst of winter. Topped with hot chicken and juicy oranges, goat cheese and sweet spiced pecans, then drizzled with a gingery sweet yogurt dressing, it was just what I needed to nourish my body today.
There are days when your body is just screaming for a good salad. Today was one of those. I was starving when I came home from yoga this morning, but I wanted to get the grocery shopping done before the store got too crowded, so my daughter and I rushed off to do the shopping before I had a chance to eat anything.
We found these pretty Cara Cara oranges at the store … the flesh of the orange is supposed to be pink. I was a little disappointed that it didn’t quite look like the picture, but still they are quite a nice color and they’re very juicy. Perfect for a salad …
On my way home from the store, this salad popped into my mind and I made it the instant I walked in the door. Well, okay, I did put away SOME of the groceries first.
- For each salad:
- Mixed Greens
- 1 Cara Cara orange, peeled and cut into slices (or use a regular orange)
- Sweet onion slices
- 1 chicken breast or chicken patty, cooked as you like
- Goat cheese crumbles
- About 1 - 2 Tablespoons Butter Rum Sweet Spiced Pecans (recipe here)
- 1/4 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (more or less to taste)
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- A teaspoon or so of freshly squeezed kumquat juice (or cara cara juice)
- For the dressing, in a small bowl, mix the yogurt, ginger, and maple syrup. Stir in some fresh-squeezed citrus juice to thin to the desired consistency.
- Fill your salad plate with greens. Arrange the orange and onion slices on the salad.
- Chop up the hot chicken and sprinkle it on the salad, then sprinkle on a few goat cheese crumbles and pecans.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad and enjoy!
There should be enough dressing for 2 - 3 salads, depending on how much dressing you use on each salad.