strawberry chicken salad

strawberry chicken salad

Strawberry chicken salad comes to mind when fresh local strawberries are available. I make this salad for a one-dish meal and I often receive recipe requests after the meal. It is light but filling, with the chicken and quinoa it packs some protein. I make the candied pecans ahead and store them in an air-tight container. The lemon poppy seed dressing is so versatile, I use it with most salads that combine fruit and greens.

 

strawberry chicken salad

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 15 minute assembly

Ingredients

  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped to bite-size pieces
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced in half
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup candied pecans
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa, slightly cooled is best (about ¼ cup uncooked)
  • 1 ounce Feta cheese, crumbled (look for Feta made of sheeps milk, packed in brine)
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
  • ½ cup olive or vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions

1

I In medium salad bowl, assemble greens, avocado, strawberries, chicken, pecans, quinoa and goat cheese.

2

Lemon poppy seed dressing:

3

In salad dressing jar or bowl, combine oil and lemon juice.

4

Add honey, mustard, salt and poppy seeds. Mix well to combine. Drizzle over the salad, toss and serve.

Notes

Candied Pecans 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons light corn syrup ½ tablespoon water ½ teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 250°. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. In medium sauce pan, bring butter, light corn syrup, water and salt to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in pecans until coated. Spread coated pecans onto lined baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

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1 Comment

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    Melinda Larson
    June 12, 2017 at 1:35 am

    I recently made this salad for my daughter’s bridal shower. It was a huge hit!! Thanks Carol!! I even forgot to add the quinoa (which I had prepared the day before) and it was still delicious. ( ;

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