Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Salad of Baby Spinach with Chicken, Strawberries and Mangoes with Balsamic Vinaigrette
I had to make a salad for my Bunco Group's Salad Supper! That's a no brainer! I have been infatuated with the strawberry-mango combo lately. the mangoes take me back to the Caribbean, and the strawberries back to my childhood. I made this wonderful salad with Baby Spinach, chicken, strawberries, mangoes, and walnuts with Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing. This is the small version, of the larger salad that I took to the Salad supper. This salad was the hit of the Salad supper! You have the sweet strawberries and mangoes, chicken, and the crunch of the baby spinach with a little radicchio peeking through, and walnuts topped with the tangy Balsamic vinegar dressing. Go ahead and add crumbles of feta, if you wish. There is nothing better for a lunch or light dinner. As the weather gets warmer, my husband will eat more salads like this. You could even use asparagus! Enjoy!
Ingredients Serves 8
8 cups to Baby spinach mix ( this mix a little radicchio), washed
1 lb of cooked chicken breasts, diced
2 1/2 cups strawberries sliced
2 med mangoes, diced. I used the smaller Ataulfo mangoes
1 c walnut pieces
Place washed spinach in large bowl or on large platter. Arrange, chicken, strawberries and mangoes over spinach. Top with walnuts. Drizzle with Balsamic Dressing right before serving!
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
6 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive oil
4 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
4 Tbsp water
Pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a small jar with a lid and shake until well mixed or whisk all ingredients in small bowl. Drizzle over salad before serving.