Mixed Berry Chicken Salad

When I was single and making all of my own financial decisions, Nordstrom was a place I frequented often.  The Nordstrom Cafe was a place I ate at regularly.  The one and only thing that I would ever order on my visits to the Cafe was their Mixed Berry Chicken Salad.  It is by far the most delicious salad I have ever eaten.  Now that I am married (to a man who hates to shop) and have three little ones (who also happen to be terrible shoppers), I rarely go to Nordstrom and I never eat at the Nordstrom Cafe.  Occasionally I miss my shopping and eating at Nordstrom days.  However I do find condolence in the fact that I have been able to recreate the Mixed Berry Chicken Salad in my very own home and eat it in the company of my four well loved though non-shopping family members. 

There are three parts to this recipe:  the candied walnuts, the vinaigrette, and the salad. 
Candied Walnuts
1 large egg white
10 ounces walnut halves and pieces (about 2 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 325. 
Line the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a bowl, whisk the egg white until it is completely foamy and no liquid remains.
Fold in the walnuts and brown sugar.  Toss gently to coat.
Arrange the walnuts on the prepared baking sheet, keeping the individual pieces separated.
Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Loosen nuts from the pan with a spatula and set aside to cool.
Champagne-Berry Vinaigrette
1/2 cup Champagne Vinaigrette
(I buy mine from Nordstrom.  They do sell another version at the grocery store but definitely not as good, in my humble opinion.)
handful of fresh mixed berries
Put the berries and the vinaigrette in a food processor.
Blend until smooth.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
 Mixed Berry Chicken Salad
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chicken breasts, cooked and sliced
mixed baby greens
crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
candied walnuts
champagne-berry vinaigrette
Combine all ingredients. 
Toss with Champagne-Berry Vinaigrette.
source:  inspired by The Nordstrom Cafe

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  1. 1
    Josiah's Mommy says:

    That looks SO good! Can't wait to try this one :)

  2. 2
    Cravinchoc says:

    Yum!! It looks lovely! Gotta make me one soon.

  3. 3
    Cinnamon-Girl says:

    That looks crazy delicious! It's such a gorgeous summer salad.

  4. 4
    Joanne says:

    I can see why you miss this salad (and the shopping experience in general…I love shopping)! I love those candied nuts!

  5. 5
    Cindy M says:

    hey dinky doo I remember so many times being with you in San Diego, going on our shopping adventures, getting this salad for lunch and then buying the dressing.What fun and happy memories. And don't worry , you know I'll never let you down when it comes to shopping, especially at Nordstrom. That's what we do best and then we'll go to lunch. My Dolly and me:)
    P.S. I was just

  6. 6
    Cindy M says:

    I made this for dinner last night . It was so yummy & I thought of you :)

  7. 7
    Elizabeth Mae says:

    Thank you, thank you for posting this Nordstrom champagne dressing mixed berry salad recipe. It’s the best one I’ve tried to find online! < 

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    Wenona Suydam says:

    Allie, I looked all over for your Candied Walnut recipe which I in turn use Pecans, anyway as you can see I found it! I was reading your post which you wrote almost 4 years ago and I was thinking about what great shoppers Caleb, Bella and Drew have become. That is the first place they all want to go with Grampa and Grammal! Ha. Tonight we are having your wonderful Mixed Berry Salad. We love it!