Roasted Chicken Salad with Pear and Walnuts

A really easy salad recipe with leftover roasted chicken, pears, toasted walnut halves and rocket leaves gently tossed with a simple white balsamic vinaigrette. Serve it with bread or roasted potatoes.

  • 200 g Leftover roasted chicken thighs
  • 40 g Rocket leaves
  • 1 Pear, washed, cored, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 handful Walnut halves, toasted
  • 30 ml Walnut oil
  • 15 ml Balsamic bianco
  • 1 tsp Wholegrain mustard
  1. Place walnut halves in a single layer in a skillet. With the skillet over medium-high heat, stir the nuts continually for 5 minutes or until they start to turn golden.
  2. Place rocket leaves, pear wedges, toasted walnuts, and chicken in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine. Whisk walnut oil, balsamic bianco and mustard together. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Serve salad with bread.


Sharmilee! :) 12/3/11 06:39

Looks very fresh n tempting

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy 12/3/11 07:03

You had me at chicken salad, LOVE it! This looks wonderful and it is such a beautiful photograph! Makes me want to just reach out for a bite! Thanks!

Jeannie 12/3/11 07:13

This sounds like a great combinations of flavour, sweetness from the pear and savory chicken..yum!

She's Cookin' 12/3/11 07:29

I'm a total salad lover and this one is full of fresh flavors, simple and satisfying. Love the combination of pears and walnuts.

Spoon and Chopsticks 12/3/11 08:00

I like pear and walnuts used in this salad. Totally yummy!

Afner 12/3/11 08:03

wow,excellent recipe, photos and i bet flavor.

congratz, great site!

Lisa H. 12/3/11 08:15

My kind of salad... fuss-free, neat and yummy :D

Maria 12/3/11 08:16

Once again, you had me at walnuts. I simply cannot resists anything with walnuts and this certainly looks like a perfect dish!

Ah Tze 12/3/11 08:28

To me this is such a special combination using chicken, pear and walnuts! Angie, you are really creative!

Cherine 12/3/11 10:12

Your salad looks excellent, so fresh and tempting!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 12/3/11 10:46

A gorgeous salad! What a heavenly combination.



thecompletecookbook 12/3/11 11:37

What a decadent lunch or dinner.
:-) Mandy

sangeeta 12/3/11 12:56

Never used whole mustard seeds like this . I would love this salad i know . Walnuts , fruit and chicken all in one ..yummm...

Nisrine M. 12/3/11 13:09

This is the kind of salad I would truly enjoy-varied and satisfying.

busygran 12/3/11 13:10

This is my kind of meal for lunch! Like the use of pear in the salad. I usually use apples.

Belinda @zomppa 12/3/11 14:09

What a delightful combination - the salad makes me think that spring is actually coming.


Dr.Sameena Prathap
12/3/11 14:09


Truly refreshing sald with pear and walnuts...:)


marla 12/3/11 14:13

I live on salads & I have gotta try this Angie - Love those walnuts!

Tina 12/3/11 14:31

tempting salad n clicks dear...

lena 12/3/11 15:09

hi angie, i have to tell you again that you have so much ideas for your salads, brilliant!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 12/3/11 15:14

I absolutely love pear salads but am in a rut with making honey Dijon vinaigrette for them. I love the sound of your white balsamic dressing with walnut oil. And, why have I never though to add chicken to mine??? Great ideas!

kitchen flavours 12/3/11 15:15

This is so tempting! Simply gorgeous and looks really good. Perfect for lunch and in-between!

Claudia 12/3/11 15:19

I love this salad - sometimes top it with ricotta cheese. Yours looks like a salad no ne could resist! Makes getting your fruits and vegetables a distinct eating delight!

A Thought For Food 12/3/11 15:21

I fully expected this to be a mayonnaise based chicken salad... but i'm so glad it's not. Looks lovely and refreshing!

Lizzy 12/3/11 15:24

Oh, boy, does this sound delightful, Angie...pears and nuts...mmmmmm.

ICook4Fun 12/3/11 16:04

Such a refreshing salad and a great way to use up the leftover chicken. I always like fruits in my salad but hubby is not a fan of it.

Parsley Sage 12/3/11 16:05

So. good. I'm not a salad person by nature but this definitely looks like it could convert a carnivore ;)

Torviewtoronto 12/3/11 17:00

haven't had this delicious combination looks wonderful

my chef 12/3/11 17:16

Nice recipe there... being creative enough with your left over roasted chicken, good job!!!

Sue 12/3/11 17:54

I LOVE this kind of hearty, flavorful salad that I can sink my teeth into:) It's a keeper, Angie!

Natalie 12/3/11 17:55

whoa this looks fabulous!

Angela 12/3/11 20:27

Looks fresh and beatiful! I love chicken salad!

Cooking Gallery 12/3/11 21:24

Beautifully presented, Angie :)!

Ivy 12/3/11 21:48

A very light and healthy meal. I love rocket with pear.

Heavenly Housewife 12/3/11 22:55

Oh how delicious! I just love it when you combine savory with a teeny bit of sweet. This is one amazing, healthy, delicious and crunchy salad!
*kisses* HH
p.s. stop by and enter my giveaway daaaaahling 60Euros of Amazon vouchers :D

Magic of Spice 12/3/11 23:42

Wonderful use of leftovers and beautiful salad...hope you are having a great weekend :)

Victor 13/3/11 01:04

Such a refreshing side dish. Have a great weekend, Angie.

Dee D. 13/3/11 03:21

wow, that looks so so delicious! Drooling :D

Biren @ Roti n Rice 13/3/11 04:19

You make wonderful salads. I like all the flavors in this one. Have a wonderful weekend!

5 Star Foodie 13/3/11 04:38

Your chicken salad sounds perfectly delicious with the additions of pear and walnuts, an excellent combination!

Monet 13/3/11 06:25

So simple, but so delicious! I love all the flavors and textures here. Thanks for sharing, sweet girl! I hope you are having a splendid Saturday night. Take time to relax and rejuvenate tomorrow. Hugs from Austin!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 13/3/11 10:49

Your salad always look so healthy and good.

FOODESSA 13/3/11 13:38

Salads are the best...especially when paired with leftovers and other tasty ingredients.
Angie...this photo is incredibly inviting ;o)

Ciao for now,

Joanne 13/3/11 15:17

This gives chicken salad a whole new meaning and depth! I love salads with fruit in them...adds so much variety and texture!

Kate @ 13/3/11 17:13

I am a salad person; I play up my salads on a daily basis. This recipe of yours is going to my salad recipe index... thank you for sharing... I know I will love this. Delicious!

Lyndsey 13/3/11 19:10

Your salad looks beautiful. I love toasted walnuts in salads, and all the flavors go so well! Yummy!

Priya 13/3/11 22:11

Very delicious,filling and great looking salad..

Pauline 13/3/11 22:54

Looks lovely and refreshing, love walnuts in a salad, great pic too

michelangelo in the kitchen 13/3/11 23:40

This is lovely ,lovely salad Angie! I am into light and healthy food these days 'cause i haven't shed the pounds i gained from the holidays yet! Your recipe is just fabulous for me, very tasty but light! Thanks for sharing!

Cooking Rookie 14/3/11 01:48

A wonderful healthy salad, and beautiful pics, as always :-)

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } 14/3/11 03:36

Delish!! This salad looks amazing and is a must try very soon! Beautiful photos!!

Katie@Cozydelicious 14/3/11 04:07

I love recipes for leftovers! This salad looks fantastic - a perfect weeknight dinner.

scrambledhenfruit 14/3/11 04:10

This is a beautiful salad! I love the pears and walnuts with the chicken. We've been eating lots of salad at my house recently, and this combination will surely make its way to my table. :)

Min {Honest Vanilla} 14/3/11 06:54

Is Spring finally in Germany? ;) The colours are wonderful! Love the walnutty overall taste :)

Elin 14/3/11 09:05

Angie...your food looks simple yet looks so mouth-watering...I AM HUNGRY just looking at the picture....drooling! :)

Lauren 14/3/11 11:43

I think toasting nuts makes one of the biggest differences in salads. I also love white balsamic. Good ingredients I'm sure it was amazing.

Jo 14/3/11 13:25

What a delicious looking salad. I think the combination of flavours are simply wonderful.

Jenn 14/3/11 14:21

That is a beautiful salad! Healthy, light...great way to use up leftovers!


I have some leftover chicken in the fridge--I believe this is today's lunch! Thanks dear. :)

Susi 14/3/11 16:42

We eat a lot of salads during the warmer months and this salad is a beauty. Perfect when there is some leftover chicken in the fridge! Makes me want one right now :o)

Yummy Team 14/3/11 18:34

Awesome clicks and presentation, Angie..

Elisabeth 14/3/11 20:01

So many great ideas to make with leftover roasted chicken, and this is a perfect example of one of them. LOVE IT!

Raina 15/3/11 02:12

Amazing looking salad! Love the combo of the pears and walnuts with the chicken...yum!

Cynthia 15/3/11 03:33

Angie, no one makes a salad quite like you do.

Mother Rimmy 15/3/11 04:50

I love this simplicity of this salad, yet packed with flavor. I often buy roasted chickens - they're actually pretty reasonable in cost and I get several meals from them - this salad is a perfect use for the chicken.

Marisa 16/3/11 05:56

This is honestly my favorite kiind of salad. What a great way to use leftover chicken--totally brings it back to life!

Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook 16/3/11 08:23

I love the simple touch of adding in chicken to the pear salad. I've only had it served without but this makes it into a perfect meal. Kudos, Angie. I am trying this!

OysterCulture 4/4/11 05:08

What an absolutely yummy, sophisticated salad. I can see this with a glass of white wine in the other hand and a smile of contentment on my face.


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