Thursday, February 24, 2011

Strawberry Fried Chicken Salad

     I love to make salads and when I saw this recipe from Purple Chocolate Home I had to try it! It really is delicious! It is perfect for a lunch with the girls or a light dinner at home. 

Strawberry Fried Chicken Salad
Mixed Lettuces ( I used spring greens, and torn romaine hearts)
Pre-cooked boneless fried chicken strips, cut into bite sized pieces(from your grocery deli)
Strawberries, sliced
Grapes, halved
Candied Pecans, recipe follows(or any candied nuts would be good!)
Green onions, chopped
Balsamic Vinaigrette, recipe follows 
     Toss everything together with dressing and serve!

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
6 T. white wine vinegar
6 T. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 c. sugar
2 T. chopped onion, red or white
3/4 t. salt
1 T. poppy seed
1 1/4 c. light olive oil or canola oil
     Mix everything in the blender besides the oil and poppy seeds. With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the oil to emulsify the dressing. Stir in poppy seeds.

Candied Pecans: I always have good luck with this nordstroms recipe for candied nuts, but feel free to do them any way you like.
1 large egg white
10 ounces pecans or walnuts halves and pieces(about 2 1/2 cups)
3/4 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
     Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Beat the egg white in a bowl until completely foamy and no liquid remains. Fold in the nuts and brown sugar tossing to coat. Arrange on cookie sheet, keeping pieces separate. Bake until egg white-sugar mixture is cooked through and the nuts are golden brown about 12 to 14 minutes. Loosen the nuts from the pan with a spatula. Cool.

Hope you enjoy! Donna


  1. Oh totally Yum! I am so excited to get some of your recipes Donna!