Wild Pecan Rice Salad with Chicken

1½ cups cooked chicken; skinned, boned, meat cut into cubes
7 ounce wild pecan rice; cooked according to package instructions and cooled
3 ounce Pecan Valley Pecan Halves; lightly toasted
1½ cup thinly sliced scallions, including most of the green parts
12 cherry tomatoes; split
2 large ripe avocados; peeled and cubed
1½ cup cooked or canned chick peas – drained
1 large garlic clove; peeled
⅓ cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
¼ cup sesame oil
¼ cup vegetable oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, rice, pecans, scallions, tomatoes and avocados.
2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel chopping blade, combine the chick peas, garlic, vinegar and soy sauce, and process into a smooth paste. With the motor running, pour the sesame and vegetable oils through the feed tube in a slow, steady stream. The vinaigrette will be creamy and thick.
3. Pour over the salad, toss and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss again and serve.

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