Grilled Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans and Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans and Pomegranate Vinaigrette ~ Spoonful of Flavor

During the holiday months, after baking and taste testing so many cookies, I crave something refreshing and full of flavor.ย One of my biggest cravings is a fresh salad. I guess it is my body’s way of telling me to counteract all the sweets.ย I love a fresh seasonal salad and this grilled chicken salad with blue cheese, candied pecans and pomegranate vinaigrette is the perfect salad to satisfying my craving.ย I call it my cookie detox salad.

This salad includes grilled chicken layered over mixed greens and topped with blue cheese, candied pecans and pomegranate vinaigrette.ย Pomegranates have a unique flavor because they are slightly sweet and tart at the same time. The dressing is light and the pomegranate adds a refreshing seasonal element to this salad. And of course, the candied pecans is my favorite thing about this salad.

I use the underwater method to remove pomegranate seeds. Place the pomegranate in a large bowl of water. Cut the pomegranate in half and then slowly peal away the membrane to release the seeds. The seeds will sink to the bottom and the membranes will float to the top. I find this to be the easiest and least messy way to peel a pomegranate.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans and Pomegranate Vinaigrette ~ Spoonful of Flavor

Grilled Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans and Pomegranate Vinaigrette ~ Spoonful of Flavor

Grilled Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans and Pomegranate Vinaigrette ~ Spoonful of Flavor

Yields about 4 servings

Grilled Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans and Pomegranate Vinaigrette
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    For the pomegranate vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • For the salad:
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1/3 cup candied pecans
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds


  1. To make the vinaigrette, combine the pomegranate juice, honey, vinegar and mustard in a small bowl and whisk until combined. Continue to whisk as you add the olive oil. Set aside.
  2. To cook the chicken, season both sides of the chicken breast halves with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken on a grill or grill pan, until the juices run clear and the chicken is cooked through.
  3. To assemble the salad, divide ingredients into 4 servings, layer with chicken and top with dressing.

Source: dressing from Add a Pinch; salad from Spoonful of Flavor


  1. Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour

    I could definitely use a delicious salad like this after all of the cookies I have been eating lately!

  2. Ashley

    This is 100% my kind of salad! It looks so good! Nuts, cheese, protein and fruit – the combination is my favorite every single time. I love meals like this during the holiday season – I think we all need healthier options to balance all the cookies!

    • Ashley

      I try to do my best about eating balanced meals but it is so hard this time of the year! I try to get the sweets out of my house as soon as possible ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kelly

    This salad looks great and so refreshing! I love the sound of the pomegranate vinaigrette along with the candied pecans. We definitely need more of these cookie detox salads during this time of year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ashley

      The vinaigrette is my favorite thing about this salad, it is so light and refreshing!

  4. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    The cookie detox salad sounds like a perfect idea. Specially if said salad looks as awesome as this one (and so pretty too!)
    Have a great week ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Consuelo! I hope that you also have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    Yum Yum Yum! I need to do a little detoxing myself ;). Can’t wait to make the pomegranate vinaigrette and I def will include your candied pecans! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week, Ashley!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Min! You should definitely try the vinaigrette, I think you will like it!

  6. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Oh yes a salad is needed after all the cookies I am devouring!! I love the combination of pomegranate and blue cheese here. This salad is so refreshing. I heart ๐Ÿ™‚ And must make before eating a slice of my pomegranate cake in the fridge!

    • Ashley

      Oh, I would love a slice of your pomegranate cake for dessert after eating this salad! Do you want to share? ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    This salad looks refreshing and delicious! Yum! My mouth watered when I saw it! I’m definitely pinning this one for when we get warmer weather – it’s gorgeous and looks like it tastes great. Pinned!

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning! Stay warm, Kristi!

  8. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    What a hearty salad Ashley! I love this flavor combination you’ve chosen! Perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Delicious! Have a great week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Shareba

    This salad looks amazing! I’m pinning this for later!

  10. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    Definitely need this salad after all the baking I did this weekend. I love candied pecans on salads!

  11. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    PERFECTION. I eat a salad almost everyday (it really does make me feel better) and prefer them to be sweet :).

    • Ashley

      Me too! Almost all my salads include some form of nut or fruit. I like the crunchiness of the nuts and the sweet, refreshing flavor of the fruit.

  12. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I saw this photo on Instagram and I was hoping it would pop up on your blog! Your pictures are so bright and vibrant, looks great girl!

  13. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    Whenever I eat sweets, I always crave something savory right afterwards. This salad is perfect! Pinned and sharing on social media. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays, Ashley! Have a lovely week. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ashley

      Thanks for sharing, Julie! Have a great week!

  14. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

    This looks like one amazing salad! I don’t get excited over salads usually but this one has me drooling!

    • Ashley

      I think you would like it, Julie!

  15. Aubri

    Your dressing looks AMAZING! I love salads and i love finding healthy, delicious dressing:-) Thanks for sharing!

    • Ashley

      The dressing is amazing! I hope you get a chance to try it.

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