Summer Chicken Salad

SUMMER CHICKEN SALAD with SWEET BERRIES

As spring flows into summer in Southern Manitoba, berry picking provides an opportunity for communities to come together, after a long winter, to socialize, exercise and partake of many a sweet fruit. 

This sunny salad epitomizes the flavors of this early harvest, nourishing the body with fresh ingredients, hand-gathered amid the sounds of soft chatter and heartfelt laughter.

Sweet berries are the perfect complement to savory chicken. With each being easily substituted for others, like turkey and haskap berries or saskatoons. 

Other fresh greens like spinach or mesclun mixes can also be used. Or a vibrant, lemon vinaigrette vs the raspberry option used here.

Use smaller portions of each ingredient for a single serving or multiply them for large gatherings. 

No matter how you choose to it enjoy it, make this a staple in your warm-weather recipe catalog and enjoy!

Total Prep Time: 45 Min

Servings in Recipe: 6

Serving Size:  2 cups

Calories Per Serving:  193

SUMMER CHICKEN SALAD with SWEET BERRIES

INGREDIENTS

salad

  • 2 chicken breasts or thighs, cubed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 head fresh butter lettuce, loosely chopped
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/8 cup red onion, short-sliced
  • 1/3 cup raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Summer Chicken Salad Ingredients

SUMMER CHICKEN SALAD with SWEET BERRIES

DIRECTIONS

salad

  • In a large pan, heat oil
  • Brown cubed chicken over medium-low heat until cooked through, salt/pepper to taste
  • While chicken is browning, shred lettuce into a large serving bowl
  • Add spinach and arugula
  • Add feta, pecans, blueberries and red onion
  • Set chicken aside and allow to cool, once nicely browned.
  • Add chicken to salad bowl, once cooled.
  • Drizzle salad with raspberry vinaigrette (approx 1/2 cup is perfect) and serve.
Summer Chicken Salad Directions

SUMMER CHICKEN SALAD

SUGGESTED SIDES & PAIRINGS

SIDES

Artisan Cracker and Fruit Charcuterie

Spring Pea Soup

BREADS

Sliced Avocado on Sourdough Croutes

Grilled Peaches on Brioche Toast

WINE

Quails’ Gate Chasselas Pinot Blanc

Blue Mountain Estate Cuvée Gamay Noir

ALTERNATE INGREDIENTS

  • Chicken > Turkey or Tofu
  • Pecan > Walnuts
  • Butter Lettuce > Romaine or Iceburg
  • Blueberries > Saskatoons or Haskaps

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