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Jump Up Chicken Orange Salad with Feta & Pecans

Jump Up Chicken Orange Salad with Feta & Toasted Pecans

I was scrounging for lunch again yesterday … my body was so hungry for something good, delicious, healthy. My organic salad greens in the fridge were almost gone. There wasn’t much to be had in the fridge except some cut fruit and a bit of cheese.

But I ALWAYS have plenty of food in the freezer. AND I have a yard full of edibles! I went out and collected some wild violet and dandelion leaves, a bit of fresh basil, some Johnny Jump Ups (as my mom calls them … they are also known as Violas), cooked up a frozen chicken patty, toasted some pecans from the freezer and voila! I had a beautiful salad definitely worth jumping up for.

Jump Up Chicken Orange Salad with Feta & Toasted Pecans

Jump Up Chicken Orange Salad with Feta and Pecans

  • Greens (I used wild violet and dandelion greens)
  • Cooked chicken, cut into chunks (I used a breaded chicken patty, but grilled chicken or even rotisserie chicken would work too)
  • Orange, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • Toasted pecans
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Viola flowers (Johnny Jump Ups … preferably from a source that isn’t sprayed with herbicides or pesticides)
  • Fresh basil leaves

Fill your bowl most of the way with greens. Tuck in the chicken, orange pieces, sprinkle with pecans and feta. Add the flowers and the basil and drizzle with a pleasing vinaigrette. I used my Honey Lemon Ginger White Wine Vinaigrette, but I think the Tequila Lime Vinaigrette would be lovely on this salad too … I need to make some more of that beautiful dressing.

Jump Up Chicken Orange Salad with Feta & Toasted Pecans

This recipe was shared at Cast Party WednesdaysFit & Fabulous FridaysFabulous FridayWeekend Potluck, Mom’s Everyday Meals and Mealtime Monday and Delicious Dish Tuesday.

18 responses

  1. chindeep3141

    When this pretty salad popped up on my computer screen I started singing “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?” in my best Van Morrison voice :) hee hee. xoxo. this is beautiful, per usual.

    May 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

    • Ann

      Wow a salad that makes you sing! That’s something special :) … thank you so much Melissa! You made my day.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

      • chindeep3141

        smoochees sweet Ann. I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day weekend :)

        May 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

      • Ann

        You too my dear Melissa :)

        May 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

  2. What a beautiful spring salad! Can’t wait to try it!

    May 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

  3. SO pretty!!!

    May 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Lauren! :)

      May 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

  4. Beautiful, Ann! No doubt it was delicious too! :)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:08 am

    • Ann

      Well yes, it was! I wish I could have shared it with you Michele :)

      May 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

  5. Wow – one of the most beautiful salads I’d ever seen! Those violets are stunning and I had no idea you could eat them! I should probably pay more attention to the “weeds” growing in my yard, lol.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you TIffany! Yes, all the members of the violet family are edible! Just be careful about what you spray your yard with if you want to use them as food.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

  6. Such a gorgeous salad!!! Love the violets!!!

    May 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Amee! :)

      May 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

  7. THIS looks amazing. I LOVE feta cheese and pecans on my salad. I have no idea where you get the greens you used, or the viola flowers though…?
    Thanks for linking up a second delicious dish! :)

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 am

    • Ann

      I picked the wild violet and dandelion greens from my yard! (although I don’t recommend that if you use any sort of chemicals on your lawn) … you can use other greens, if you don’t have them, though … And my mom gave me the violas … she has them growing in her yard. I’m planting them in my front yard along with the irises and daffodils so I will have violas every summer too.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:13 am

  8. Thank you for sharing this and other great recipes with Delicious Dish Tuesday. This salad sound great and looks beautiful! I am featuring it in this week’s Delicious Dish Tuesday as my favorite recipe from last week :) http://copingwithfrugality.com/2012/05/delicious-dish-tuesday-baking-fish-in-foil.html

    May 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    • Ann

      Gosh thank you so much Amanda! I’m so excited! Rushing right over to check it out …

      May 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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