Summer Spinach Salad
Fresh! Easy! Delicious! Colourful! Perfect in every way....not unlike myself...
This was so so SOOO good! Yes...yes it was. And you guessed it..."Meal Salads" by Company's Coming. Can you tell it's my newest cookbook??
1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts halves (I really have no idea how much a pound of them are...I generally use 1 chicken breast half per person and that turns out to be more than enough)
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
6 cups fresh spinach leaves, lightly packed
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup grated asiago cheese
1/4 cup pistachios (let's not talk about how I had to take the shell off them...it traumatized me. I can't seem to find them with the shell off...do they come like that anywhere?)
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp dijon mustard (I used grainy mustard)
2 tsp liquid honey
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp salt
Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Grill until done (yes the recipe goes into great detail to tell you how to grill....I'm going to assume you know how to grill chicken). Transfer to cutting board. Cool. Cut into 1/2" slices. Transfer to large bowl.
Add next 6 ingredients.
Whisk remaining 7 ingredients in small bowl. Drizzle over spinach mixture. Toss gently. Makes about 9 cups.
Here's the thing...if the weather isn't nice to grill outside, we just fry or use a grill pan inside...or put it in the oven. As long as the chicken is cooked, I don't think it matters how you do it...in any recipe. Grilling just has the best flavour....mmm.
Also, I never wait for it to cool. I like the warm chicken with the cool salad.
I also always keep the dressing separate from the salad mix and let us each add our own. Most of the time, I do that with the chicken or whatever meat I'm using....I leave it to the side to let us add how much we want.
Because I'm cooking for only 2 of us, I never measure and use the quantities in recipes. Most of the time it's easy enough to eyeball and figure it out.
Go try it now...You can thank me later!
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