Sweet Tooth Salad

Can I offer you a salad?  No, the blog hasn’t been hacked, there actually is a salad on here, but I think it’s a salad that even those with a strong sweet tooth will love, which is why I call it my Sweet Tooth Salad.   This is my all time favorite salad.  I actually shared an earlier version of this salad over three years ago here on the blog.   While I was making myself one this week, I figured this gem of a salad could make another appearance here on the site.

Chicken Apple And Pecan Salad

Let’s be honest, I’m usually not the person who goes out to dinner and orders a salad.  I’m just not that girl.   Every now and then a salad will catch my eye, but for the most part, I want a nice hot meal that someone else made for me.  And shopped for.  And did the dishes for.  And cleaned up after.    But back to salad.  I had a salad similar to this many years ago at a wedding, and I absolutely fell in love with it.  It’s a great combo of so many flavors, with sweet and tart notes, crunchy bites, chewy bites, it’s got a lot going on.

Sweet Tooth Salad

I’m not a big recipe follower with things like salads.  I don’t measure, I eyeball everything and what goes into my salad can be very dependent on what I’ve got in my fridge, and more often than not, what I did or did not forget at the store.   When the stars align, this salad is made up of the following items…   Baby spinach, dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, sliced apples, feta cheese, candied pecans, grilled chicken and a drizzle of poppy seed dressing.

Sweet Tooth Salad Ingredients

So. Darn. Good.  If I’m serving this as a side, then I usually leave out chicken.  If I want it as a main dish or complete meal, then chicken please!   While this is my absolute favorite combo for this salad, I do mix it up.  Feta can be swapped for blue cheese.  Candied pecans (the amazing things that they are) can be swapped for regular pecans or walnuts.   Apple or pear, whatever is on hand.  And if one of the items is missing, that’s okay as well.  Sometimes I skip the dressing all together.  As always I’m all about flexibility and working with what you have.

Sweet Tooth Salad (13 of 6) Sweet Tooth Salad

My favorite salad, perfet for thsoe with a sweet tooth!

I am not very scientific in my measuring with salads, and think that making them to taste and working with what you have and what you like (or do not like) is a great way to go.   Here is a recipe outline for this salad…

Sweet Tooth Salad

Sweet Tooth Salad


    Ingredient amounts are based on what you like or need, use as little or as much of ingredients as you like.
  • Baby spinach or other greens
  • Sliced apples or pears
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Dried cranberries
  • Nuts such as candied pecans, regular pecans or walnuts
  • Feta or blue cheese
  • Sliced grilled chicken
  • Dressing such as poppy seed or even a raspberry vinaigrette


Combine ingredients in the amounts that you enjoy and serve!


The perfect salad for a sweet tooth



  1. Deb says

    Love this salad and make it often. I also switch it out in the fall with diced red pears, swiss cheese cubes and cashews.. both are amazing

  2. Crystal says

    Super yummy! With the warmer weather, I’ve been craving salads. Can’t wait to make this one. Thanks for the recipe!


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