Friday, August 13, 2010

Refreshing Chicken Salad with Fruit on Mixed Greens and Lime Mint Vinaigrette


Here in the Chicago area the temps have been in the 90's for days!  When it's hot outside, I only want to eat cold light, foods; salads, ice cream, yogurt, & FRUIT!!!  I love fruit of any kind, but my fav's are especially STRAWBERRIES,  I could eat them morning, noon, and night. They are comfort food for me bringing back childhood memories of sitting on my Aunt's porch, eating her yummy pound cake with STRAWBERRIES
When I went to visit in the summer,  I could have STRAWBERRIES anytime, and I did! 

This salad is the perfect lunch or dinner, when it's really hot.  It has STRAWBERRIES, blueberries, fresh pineapple, cantaloupe, cubed, leftover chicken, and mixed greens with Lime Mint Vinaigrette dressing.is very cool and refreshing.  The mint is from my herb pots on the patio.This is a versatile salad, because you can put any fruit that have in the house in the salad.   My 2- 1/2 yr old refrigerator had a "major meltdown", so we are trying to fit everything in a smaller fridge in the laundry room, until the the parts come, and that's another story!

Ingredients

Fresh pineapple, cut in chunks
Strawberries
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Walnut pieces
Cubed, Cooked Chicken
Mixed Greens

Place greens on a plate.(  This could be an individual salad or a  larger one depending on the quantities used).
Arrange the fruit on top of the greens.  Sprinkle chicken and walnuts over the fruit.  Add dressing to taste.

Lime Mint Vinaigrette Dressing
3-4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1-2 tsp of sugar to taste
6-8 mint leaves

"Muddle" mint leaves, lime juice and sugar in a small mixing bowl.  Stream in olive oil and whisk until well mixed.  Pour dressing over salad and Enjoy!!!

2 comments:

  1. This looks very yummy and I love the lime vinaigrette...a little like a mojito over salad. Sorry the weather isn't cooperating up there. That's why I moved from Chicago to North Carolina. Same heat, less cold. :)

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  2. I do love mojitos and I do love salad, but I don't like hot weather.

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