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Cara Cara Orange Chicken Goat Cheese Salad

with Butter Rum Sweet Spiced Pecans and a Maple Ginger Citrus Yogurt Dressing

Cara Cara Orange Chicken Goat Cheese Salad with Butter Rum Sweet Spiced Pecans

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.

Cara Cara Orange Chicken Goat Cheese Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Cara Cara Orange Chicken Goat Cheese Salad


  • 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)
  • For the dressing:
  • 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)


  1. 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.
  2. Fill your salad plate with greens. Arrange the orange and onion slices on the salad.
  3. Chop up the hot chicken and sprinkle it on the salad, then sprinkle on a few goat cheese crumbles and pecans.
  4. 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.


Cara Cara Orange Chicken Goat Cheese Salad with Butter Rum Sweet Spiced Pecans

This recipe was shared at Foodie Friends Friday, Scrumptious Sunday, Weekend Potluck, Mop it Up Monday, Show & Share WednesdayClever Chicks Bloghop and Everyday Mom’s Meals.

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11 Responses

  1. Thanks for this recipe and the others on your blog. I can’t wait to see if your pizza crust recipe is better than mine! I would love to see more recipes using the dough setting on a bread machine. For example, here is my bread machine cinnamon roll recipe. http://homeinawoods.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/bread-machine-recipes-cinnamon-rolls/

    January 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    • Ann

      MaryAnn, all my bread, roll and pizza crust recipes use the dough setting on my bread machine … Thanks for sharing your cinnamon roll recipe 🙂

      January 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm

  2. I can’t wait to try this very lovely salad with Cara Cara season here…love them! Great combo of flavors! 🙂

    January 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Nicole! 🙂

      January 27, 2013 at 9:49 pm

  3. I love a salad that has fruit and cheese in it. This one is perfect.
    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.
    Your co host from Nosh My Way.

    January 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Marlene! To me, the perfect salad has fruit, cheese and a few nuts. I’m so happy you enjoyed this one 🙂

      January 27, 2013 at 9:48 pm

  4. I love goat cheese anything!!! Especially on salads! Pinned the recipe!

    January 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  5. Thanks for postong this recipe.

    February 26, 2013 at 12:17 am

  6. This is a beautiful salad. I love the combination of citrus, cheese, and nuts. Thanks for sharing this during Our Little Family Adventure’s Thanksgiving Menu Planning Event. I’ve added a link to your recipe on my planning post. ~Nicky

    November 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

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