I love Wendy's apple pecan chicken salad, but our closest store has a less than stellar track record.
I can't even count the times we've brought lunch home only to discover that they left a crucial ingredient out of my salad (uh, where's my blue cheese?!?), or they forgot the packet of pecans, or even worse they forgot the pomegranate vinaigrette. I mean how hard is it to get a simple salad right? Exactly...
So I've taken to making my apple pecan chicken salads at home where I can control the amounts and quality of the ingredients.
I replaced the grilled chicken with a rotisserie chicken I picked up at the local grocery store. I've often heard about the wonderful meals that can be prepared from a rotisserie chicken, and now I'm a believer! It was very flavorful and yielded enough meat for several lunch portion salads over the week.
Add in some sliced apples, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans, and top with Marzetti Simply Dressed Pomegranate salad dressing (a dead ringer for the vinaigrette Wendy's offers), and you've got a healthy and delicious salad at a fraction of the fast food price!
For small batches of toasted nuts such as this, I recommend toasting the pecans in your microwave.
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