Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad

Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad

Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad
Serve with whole grain baguette with goat cheese-This is one of those “out of necessity” dinners that I made when my kitchen was being renovated and I did not have a stove or oven. I couldn’t even access my grill which was right behind the staging area for the workers. It was spring and I knew I wanted to incorporate the juicy, sweet strawberries at their peak this time of year. I got carried away and used them in the salad dressing as well as in the salad. What a great experiment! It’s the strawberry version of the popular raspberry vinaigrette, so expect this salad to be on the sweet side.
    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    20minutes
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    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    20minutes
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    Ingredients
    • 2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries, divided
    • 1 shallot, peeled
    • 1/4cup canola or grape seed oil
    • 1/4teaspoon each sea salt and ground black pepper
    • 2 1/2tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 2tablespoon honey
    • 1teaspoon poppy seeds
    • 2cups baby spinach
    • 2cups romaine lettuce, chopped
    • 3cups shredded rotisserie chicken
    • 1/2cup sliced almonds, toasted
    • 1 small whole grain baguette, cut into slices
    • 1cup goat cheese
    Instructions
    1. In a blender or food processor, blend ½ cup strawberries with the shallot. Transfer to a small bowl and whisk in ¼ cup canola or grape seed oil with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper and the next 3 ingredients (thought poppy seeds) in a small bowl. Set aside.
    2. Combine the remaining strawberries, spinach, and romaine in a large salad bowl. Add the chicken and vinaigrette; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Serve immediately with whole grain rolls and goat cheese.
    Recipe Notes

    Try this salad with uncooked chicken breasts that marinate in some of the dressing for 10-20 minutes. Throw them on the grill, chop them up, and toss them in as indicated in step 2.

    For a vegetarian version, eliminate the chicken and add the goat cheese right to the salad.

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