Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Salad with Pears, Feta & Curry Vinaigrette

You guessed it – still stuck on chicken sausage.  We can’t seem to get enough of it in our house.  Possibly because it is available in 1,000 different varieties.  Possibly, too, because it’s fairly healthy.  Oh, and maybe because the awesome Al Fresco All Natural folks sent us a sweet care package.  (Pun intended.  Sorry.)

Al Fresco chicken sausages are all natural.  That means no preservatives.  No ingredients that I can’t pronounce.  No fillers, no colors, no gluten.  See why I’m obsessed?

I also just found out that chicken sausage makes a heck of a salad topping.  Anytime I can sneak in extra protein without adding tons of fat and calories, you better believe that I am all in for that.

Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Salad with Pears, Feta & Curry Vinaigrette

I’ve been pretty hooked on the spicy jalapeno chicken sausage thus far but I found a new favorite: sweet apple chicken sausage.  It still has a small kick, as sausage should, but it is just the perfect amount of sweet with the apples and a hint of maple.

Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Salad with Pears, Feta & Curry Vinaigrette

I’m not usually one for combining sweet and savory but I went out on a limb.  I added fresh pears, feta cheese, and bell peppers and whipped up a simple curry vinaigrette.  I admit I was a little nervous as to how the curry would taste against this odd mix of salad fixin’s but I was pleasantly surprised.  The whole thing married perfectly.  The tang of the feta helps to bring out the sweetness of the pears.  And the curry powder is subtle and adds a surprising element of sweet to the salad.

This one quickly earned a spot on our summer meal plan!

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Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Salad with Pears, Feta & Curry Vinaigrette Recipe

Yield: 2 Entree Salads

Total Time: 15 minutes

A sweet and savory entree salad: lightly browned chicken sausage with apple and maple; sweet pears, tangy feta cheese and a simple curry vinaigrette that pairs perfectly with the sweet and savory salad.

Ingredients:

for the salad:
2 Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Links (I used Al Fresco All Natural Chicken Sausage)
4 cups mixed greens
1/4 cup diced green and red bell pepper
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 Bartlett pear, peeled and diced

for the dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs. shredded parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

Prepare the dressing by mixing all ingredients until well-blended. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Preheat a small skillet over medium heat. Slice the sausage links into 1/4-inch coins and place into the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes on the first side until it is lightly browned. Flip each piece and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until the second side is lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside.

While the chicken sausage cooks, combine the salad greens, bell pepper, feta cheese and the pear. Divide the mixture among two large salad plates. Divide the chicken sausage pieces among the two salads and as desired, drizzle the vinaigrette over the salads.

Serve while the chicken sausage is slightly warm.

Cassie's Notes:
Use any salad dressing you prefer; the curry powder is surprisingly sweet when paired with the apple cider vinegar and pairs perfectly with the sausage, feta and pears.

Al Fresco All Natural chicken sausage is widely available but if you can't find it, just substitute your favorite chicken, pork or vegetarian sausage.

The bell peppers didn't take away from the salad but didn't really add anything either. Make this salad even simpler by omitting them.

Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Salad with Pears, Feta & Curry Vinaigrette

Disclaimer: Al Fresco All Natural provided me with free product for this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.