Friday, August 16, 2019

Perfect for Summer: Garden Chicken Salad

by Vicki Delany

Last time, I showed you how to make my personal vinaigrette dressing, the only one I ever eat any more.

Now, what to do with it.

I live alone so I’m often cooking for just one.  The quickest, easiest thing to make, and one of my favourites to boot, is a simple chicken salad.  What could be better in summer when the lettuce and other vegetables are so fresh and you don’t feel like a heavy meal or having the oven on.

It is simple.  Here’s what I do. Obviously you can add any and all salad ingredients you have on hand.  I use chicken breasts.  If you think they're expensive, buy the ones with bone in and de-bone them yourself. It's easy. 

I use my countertop grill a LOT. You could also grill your chicken breasts in the oven under broil or on the barbeque.

Lettuce doesn't get any fresher
 A few fresh from the garden vegetables

 The chicken is done

I add dried cranberries and a handful of sunflower seeds for extra crunch

Toss and pour on dressing

And it's ready! 

Coming August 27! SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, the fourth Year Round Christmas mystery from Penguin Random House. This one is set over Thanksgiving, so there’s plenty of good eats. But maybe you want to avoid one of the dishes in that pot luck spread. Just sayin’