It’s Salad SeasonApril 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Posted in Salads | 15 Comments
Tags: chicken salad, Strawberry salad, strawberry surplus
In the last 24 hours in Colorado we’ve seen rain, hail, tornadoes, sleet balls, lightening, thunder, street flooding, it’s currently snowing like the dickens and I think I just spotted a swarm of locust fly through. And as one of my friends on Facebook said “cue volcano”.
What does all of this mean? It’s Springtime in the Rockies and it’s salad season.
Speaking of floods, strawberries are everywhere right now.
It seems you can’t walk into any market in Denver without a big display of baskets of perfect strawberries pleading to be adopted.
But from where did this glut of strawberries come?? It seems that the strawberry harvest in Florida was delayed due to lousy weather, and now their harvest is coinciding with the California harvest resulting in 80 million pounds of strawberries distributed in the U.S. all at once. Results? Oh-so sweet prices.
A recent trip to Costco found a large flat of strawberries in my cart, in my car, and now in my refrigerator. Let’s make a salad!
Not really using a recipe, I just used what I had on hand.
Strawberry Fields Forever Salad ..no eye-rolling please, it’s my creation and I can call it what I want! 🙂
- Two chicken breasts, sliced, lightly breaded and sautéed in olive oil until golden and cooked through.
- 2 fist-fulls of those beautiful spring greens
- Strawberries, washed, tops cut off and sliced in half
- A few grapes cut in half
- A sprinkling of golden raisins
Any dressing will do, but here’s what I did
- 4 T. toasted sesame oil
- 2 T. seasoned rice vinegar
- 1/4 t. sugar
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 t. sesame seeds
Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake until blended. Build your salad with the greens, the warm chicken tenders, arrange strawberries and grapes over the top, sprinkle with raisins and drizzle with the dressing.
A fabulous mid-week light dinner.
These strawberries are beautiful and perfect, they taste fine, but I feel “strawberry ruined” after traveling to Oregon and feasting on Oregon Strawberries. You haven’t lived until you’ve had the real thing. No comparison. Can’t even begin to describe the difference. A moment of silence please.
Strawberry and Chicken Salad…
It’s What’s for Dinner.
Sending this over to Deb in Hawaii for her fabulous segment, Souper Sunday