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Smoked Chicken and Pear Salad With Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette

Smoked Chicken and Pear Salad With Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette
Los Angeles Times

I picked up too many figs and pears at the farmers market, but they were so gorgeous I couldn't resist. So I came up with a way to use them in a salad of smoked chicken with a dressing of ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 figs, each cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 cup Port
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 6 cups mixed greens
  • 1/2 pound smoked chicken breast, skin removed and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 large ripe pear, cored and sliced

Step 1Reduce vinegar in small saucepan over medium-low heat to 1/4 cup. Remove from heat, pour into bowl and let cool.

Step 2Place figs, Port and water in small saucepan. Bring to boil, then simmer until figs are tender, 10 minutes. Drain figs in strainer over small saucepan. Chop figs and set aside.

Step 3Reduce fig juice over medium-low heat to 1/4 cup. Add to vinegar along with chopped figs. Stir in honey, shallot, garlic and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4Arrange 1 1/2 cups mixed greens on each of 4 serving plates. Divide chicken among plates and surround with pear slices. Season chicken with pepper. Serve with fig dressing.

Each serving:
233 calories; 124 mg sodium; 48 mg cholesterol; 3 grams fat; 24 grams carbohydrates; 19 grams protein; 1.5 grams fiber.
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