Iceberg Salad with Pear and Chicken + A Pear Dressing

Enjoy a failsafe salad with iceberg lettuce, pears, shredded chicken, and cashews.

One of the things I miss most from being on a FAILSAFE (AKA RPAH Elimination) diet is salad. When most of the veggies one normally puts on a salad like lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and cucumbers are on the high to moderate end of food chemicals, it gets a little tricky to find a safe salad or salad dressing option.

The good news is, there ARE some safe ingredients that make for a delicious combination. My go-to’s are iceberg lettuce, shredded chicken, pears (obviously), and a handful of raw cashews for good measure. (Note: only RAW cashews are considered FAILSAFE at a serving size of 10 cashews for adults and 5 for kids.) You could also go a little wild and add your favorite legumes (chickpeas would be delicious).

As for dressings, pears* and citric acid* are going to be your besties.

The most surprising thing for me about this salad wasn’t how delicious it was (it’s really delicious) or how good it felt to eat something so fresh and flavorful (because OMG does it). It was how filling and satisfying the salad truly was. Why? Because I‘ve always struggled with feeling full from salads. I’d always need to pair it with something carby and salty to feel any semblance of satisfied. Now I know it’s because my body wasn’t getting what it needed.

Are you a salad eater? What are your favorite flavor combinations? Do you have a go-to salad dressing that you reach for over and over again?

Please share!!

Iceberg Salad with Pear and Chicken + A Pear Dressing

Emily @ My Failsafe Life
Have you been craving a low salicylate salad option? Not only is this low salicylate salad with pear and chicken fresh and flavorful, it’s also really filling.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Calories 264 kcal


  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce chopped
  • 1 pear peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup shredded chicken
  • 5-10 raw cashews chopped

Pear Dressing

  • 1 15 oz can pears in sugar and water
  • 1 tsp citric acid
  • 2 tsp water
  • ½ cup oil canola, safflower, sunflower all work
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh chives chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic (or 1 clove) minced


  • Make your salad using all of the ingredients listed. Start with the lettuce, then add chicken, pears, and cashews.

To make the dressing:

  • Place the contents of the canned pears (pears and syrup) in a blender and purée until smooth.
  • In a small bowl or jar, combine citric acid and water and stir to combine. Add pear purée and remaining ingredients (oil, salt, chives, and garlic) into the bowl and whisk or shake to combine.
  • Pour desired amount over salad and enjoy!
  • Dressing saves in the refrigerator for about a week (if it lasts that long).


This recipe is low salicylate, dairy free, egg free, gluten free, vegan, FAILSAFE friendly and safe for the strict level of the RPAH Elimination Diet. 
Keyword dairy free, failsafe, gluten free, low salicylate, rpah elimination diet, salad, salad dressing

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Emily @ My Failsafe Life

Diving feet first into a FAILSAFE diet after years of struggling with digestive issues and feeling like crap.

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