Best Salad Recipes from Kurt Fahler  

Pecan Salad

The best salad recipes start with the best ingredients like the ones that Celebrity Chef Kurt Fahler uses at The Bar.

Have you ever wondered why something as simple as a salad tastes so much better at a prestigious restaurant like The Bar? One reason is rather obvious: Professional chefs don’t settle for the usual ingredients. They step beyond tomatoes and cucumbers to include fruits, berries, nuts, and other unexpected additions. If you’ve ever ordered a salad at The Bar, you may be familiar with the warm delight that is the Cranberry Pecan Salad. Chef Kurt chose that recipe to present here because it’s adventurous and flavorful while remaining simple and fast to create.

Restaurant salads are also better than many homemade salads because they feature homemade dressings. Talented chefs craft each of these dressings to match each salad on the menu, and the ingredients are chosen to complement the flavors presented in the salad. In this salad recipe, Kurt Fahler is going to teach you how to make homemade salad dressing that elevates chicken, cranberries, pecans, and a bed of fresh greens.

This recipe for one of the best salad recipes will also show you how to turn ordinary ingredients up a notch through professional cooking techniques. For instance, you will never again toss a handful of raw nuts on your homemade salad after learning how to candy pecans. You will also discover that adding one select ingredient to a store-bought salad dressing can make it tingle your taste buds in a new way. What can you do to your salad bowls to make your food taste even better? Chef Kurt will tell you within this recipe.

There are side salads that you push away with little interest as your entrée hits the table, and then there are salads that take the place of the entrée to your stomach’s delight. This Cranberry Pecan Salad is one of the latter, but you may still want to combine it with a wedge of crusty garlic bread. The recipe calls for a select blend of greens, so make sure to print it out before heading to the store for fresh ingredients.

One OF Best Salad Recipes For CranBerry Pecan Salad:


Best Salad Recipes
  • a/n (as needed) salad mix. I like a 50/50 blend of iceberg and spring mix. 4oz. blend makes enough for dinner size salad
  • 4 oz. grilled and sliced chicken breast
  • 2 oz. dried cranberries
  • 2 oz. candied pecans (procedure in instructions)
  • 2oz. Montrachet cheese  
  • 3 oz. (per person) raspberry vinaigrette dressing
  • a/n sliced purple onion (garnish)

Preparation Instructions—

There are many good recipes for candied pecans. It is basically a sugar sweetened meringue with vanilla. Use Google to search. I like the All recipes page (that is my go to recipe finder for a lot my inspirations)

Build the salad .. use a chilled plate or pasta dish to impress your guests.

The chicken may be served cold or hot your choice. (we serve it hot at our restaurants) As for the dressing a nice easy touch is to add some champagne to your favorite store-bought dressing. Three parts dressing to 1 part champagne. A dash of Mrs. Dash seasoning and some fresh chopped parsley and voila’ you have your own homemade dressing.

Item Origination: The Bar

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