2 cups quartered small strawberries (about 1 pint)
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons golden raisins
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups gourmet salad greens
How to Make It
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine sesame seeds and next 6 ingredients (sesame seeds through pepper) in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Pour over chicken mixture; toss well to coat. Cover and chill 1 hour. Serve over salad greens.
We like this one, have had others that we like better, but this one wasn't bad, just not as good. We'll keep this one in the recipe book for the future for sure. Definitely might try adding nuts for a little extra texture as others have suggested for next time.
Okay, so my kids didn't love it, but they all liked it enough to eat it... big plus! I loved it and will definitely make it again. It was very easy and quick and a great use of leftover rotisserie chicken. I used craisins instead of raisins and used 1/4 cup instead of 2 T. I used twice as many greens (actually spinach, but a spring green mix would have been great if I had it on hand). I also made double the dressing and tossed it with the doubled amount of greens... still a light recipe. Thanks!
This makes for a good, light dinner that is easy to throw together, and even tastes good after much less than an hour's chilling time. My only change has been to shred rather than chop the chicken breast, and while this creates more surface area the amount of dressing still seems adequate. The recipe is fine as-is, but I've also added goat cheese crumbles. The low calorie count leaves room for bread (home-baked soft pretzels!) and even a glass of wine.
I have enjoyed this summer salad often for several years. It is almost a daily fare for me during strawberry season. I usually substitute fresh red grapes for the raisens (or sometimes dried cranberries), and always add either a few sliced almonds or chopped walnuts to the salad. Do gifve this a try - - it's wonderful!