Spinach Salad with Chicken and Dates

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1/2 cup California Dates, chopped

1 cup California Dates, pitted

1 Apple, cored and cut into thin wedges

2 cups Chicken breasts, cooked and cubed

1/4 cup Red Onion, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp Crumbled Blue Cheese

2 Tbsp Pecans, toasted and chopped

Orange Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

4 cups Fresh Spinach leaves

1 Navel Orange

Orange Vinaigrette

1/3 cup Olive Oil

3 Tbsp Orange Juice

1 tsp Dijon-style mustard

Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix ingredients together until well blended and pour over salad


Chop half of apple wedges.  Mix chopped apple with choppped dates, chicken, onion, blue cheese and pecans.  Toss mixture with half of Orange Vinaigrette.  Arrange spinach leaves evenly on serving plates.  Peel orange and divided into sections, removing all white peel.  Fan orange sections, pitted dates and remaining apple wedges around edge of plate.  Drizzle with remaining dressing.  Spoon mixture into center of plate.  Serve immediately. 


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