Fuji Apple Chicken Salad with Sweet Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing is my take on Panera's Fuji Chicken Salad - loaded with fresh greens, tender chicken, apple slices, fresh blueberries, and sprinkled with glazed pecans and gorgonzola cheese. The Sweet Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing is perfect drizzled on top – so many layers of flavors! It's everything we love in a salad!
HOW DO I MAKE HOMEMADE APPLE CHIPS?
While this recipe is absolutely wonderful with fresh Fuji apple slices, for something extra special, try making your own apple chips at home! They are not as "crispy" as the ones you buy at the store, but the fruity chewiness has a fresh bite and taste you can't find in pre-packaged apple slices! And they are so stinking easy to make at home!
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees. Thinly slice Fuji apples (or your favorite sweet red apples) and place the slices in a single layer on the sheet. Bake for 1 hour, then flip the slices and bake for 1 more hour. These can be made ahead of time and stored at room temperature in an airtight container. So easy!
PERFECT SALAD FOR AUTUMN!
1 (10 oz.) bag spring salad mix, romaine or baby spinach
2 fuji apples (thinly sliced) or 2 cups apple chips
2 chicken breasts (grilled and chopped) or 2 cups rotisserie chicken (shredded)
½ cup fresh blueberries (optional)
½ cup craisins or dried cherries
1 cup glazed pecans
1/2 cup Gorgonzola or blue cheese (crumbled)
¼ cup pepitas
SWEET CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup champagne vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
HOW I MAKE THIS:
SERVINGS: 2 to 4 servings
INSPIRED by the Fuji Apple Salad from Panera Bread.
Originally posted March 2016; revised and reposted October 2020.
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