I’ve decided that once a week I am going to throw a recipe out there to blog land. I know that I like finding new dinner ideas so maybe some of you will too. Feel free to share recipes in the comments or on your blogs. I will admit upfront that I am a bit of a foodie so the ingredient list might look long on some recipes. I also tend to not measure so I will try to give amounts but use common sense if you are making something and there seems to be too much or not enough of something. But I am also rather lazy so most will not be complicated or too time consuming. Without further ado – the first recipe isn’t really a recipe at all – just a yummy salad that I love for lunch or dinner.
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves prepared however you like (works well with leftover chicken) – I tend to bake them in the oven with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Cut into bite size pieces or strips.
favorite lettuce mixture – I like spring greens
fresh raspberries (also works with sliced strawberries or halved red grapes)
candied pecans (pecan halves tossed with PURE maple syrup, put on a cookie sheet in a single layer in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes or until syrup has crystalized on the pecans – do yourself a favor and line the cookie sheet with foil or you will spend the next 3 days trying to get the baked on syrup off)
favorite dressing – for this I use 3 tablespoons white basalmic vinegar, 4 tablespoons grape seed oil, and 2 generous tablespoons of 100% pomegranate juice** (my grocery store keeps these pure juices in the produce/organic section – if you can find pure raspberry juice that is even better) – whisk together. (If it is too tart, add a packet of Splenda.)
Do yourself a favor and don’t skip the berries or the pecans – they really make the salad. The feta, fruit, pecans, and chicken really make a nice, filling salad.
**You can use the rest of the pomegranate juice in other recipes or throw 1/2 cup – 1 cup in a pitcher of iced tea – yum!
Edited to add photo. I used strawberries because I had them in the house but raspberries really are the best in this salad.