Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chicken Salad with Dried Cherries and Blue Cheese Crumbles

My husband was in a Woody Allen type of mood the other day.

He went into a long winded rant on how he wasn't getting enough servings of vegetables and fruit in his diet.  Who knows where that came from since I can intimately describe the look of disgust every time I put anything green on his plate (i.e. spinach, broccoli, etc...) So I took the "hint" and decided to plan for some salads for dinners.

First I went through the dried fruit and nut aisle at Whole Foods and pulled pecans, roasted pumpkin seeds and dried fruit. Then I got blue cheese crumbles, provolone and aged gouda for some different cheese options.  

So the salad idea in my head was a salad with dried cherries, pumpkin seeds, blue cheese and chicken. I guess it would have been much healthier if I had grilled the chicken but my grill died a while ago. So I pounded it out to about 1/2 inch and then breaded in with some Italian Bread Crumbs and fried it in some olive oil. The great part was that we shared one chicken breast so it wasn't that horrible.

I topped it off by making a red wine and mustard vinaigrette in a mason jar and just shaking it up to finish it off. I really did forget how fun it was to make different salads. And now my husband can concentrate on making better lunch choices.

2 bags mixed salad 
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1 chicken breast - pounded out to about 1/2 inch 
1/2 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
1 egg
2 tsp olive oil

Take the chicken breast and dredge it in the beaten egg and then into the bread crumbs. Repeat. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Add the chicken breast and cook about 4 minutes on each side until cooked through.  Meanwhile divide the salad, pumpkin seeds, blue cheese crumbles, and cherries. Slice the chicken and add it on top.

Red Wine Vinaigrette
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsp sugar
salt and peper to taste

Add all ingredients into a mason jar. Place the cover on top and tighten. Shake it up until emulsified and add to your salad.


  1. Looks wonderful - I love this kind of salad anytime of year. I'm especially loving the dried cherry and blue cheese combo - that's a winner.
    Sue :-)

  2. Perfect salad for these hot days. I love the cherries, cheese and nuts, so flavorful and healthy!!! Mmm salad. The photos make me want one now :)

  3. Very nice that youre taking good care of him. I love when my salads have a combination of greens and fruits and nuts! I know how husbands get.

  4. This looks absolutely fantastic! I've "pinned" it to try very soon. Thanks!

  5. Dried cherries are a tasty addition to the chicken salad.


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