Arugula salad with grilled chicken, summer berries & candied pecans

‘Round these parts, we make a habit of eating salad as main meal once or twice each week.  Which, of course, means that I have to be somewhat creative in coming up with several variations.  This particular salad doesn’t showcase my most creative recipe-building skills.  Rather, it showcases one of those recipes that was born out of not wanting to run to the store in order to get dinner on the table.  Still, it was quite tasty.  The bitter arugula stood in contrast to the sweet berries and pecans.  I’d totally make it again.

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Arugula salad with grilled chicken, summer berries & candied pecans


  • 2 bunches of organic arugula, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 whole chicken breast
  • 1 pint strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced
  • 1 c candied pecans
  • 1 c crumbled feta
  • Olive oil & balsamic or vinaigrette of your choice


  1. Start by seasoning the chicken breast with salt and pepper to taste. If you have time, it would be even better if you marinated it in 1/4 olive oil, 1/4 c lemon juice, one Tablespoon Dijon mustard and salt and pepper to taste for about an hour before grilling. In either case, grill the chicken breast until it is cooked thoroughly. Let rest for at least five minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, evenly divide arugula between four salad plates. Top with sliced berries, feta, chicken and candied pecans. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar or the vinaigrette of your choice on top to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1755kcal Calories from fat 1261
% Daily Value
Total Fat 140g 215%
Saturated Fat 36g 180%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 245mg 82%
Sodium 1611mg 67%
Carbohydrate 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 24g 96%
Sugars 37g
Protein 81g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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6 Replies to “Arugula salad with grilled chicken, summer berries & candied pecans”

  1. My kind of salad! Yum!

    For awhile there, we were buying pecans at Costco and “candying” them ourselves. Super easy, super good.

  2. Yum! I have never candied pecans but I do candy walnuts for an apple gorgonzola salad. I’m now craving salad at 1am.

  3. I never have exact recipes, I just throw things in. Usually olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic, basil, salt and sugar.

    Salad is a copycat of one from Buca di Beppo. I can replicate that perfectly, but my dressing is different. Still delicious though!

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