My Favorite Salad: Chicken, Blue Cheese Dressing

Salad recipes seem silly, I realize, because what is a salad, really, if not the tossing together of the items on hand, but this salad is one of my favorites.
Don’t be put off by the initial prep time; it’s worth it– I promise!

Ingredients for the Chicken

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast

Directions for the Chicken

  1. Cut the chicken into 2 inch strips
  2. Mix all the other ingredients together and put in a zip-close plastic bag.
  3. Add the chicken, be sure to coat chicken in mixture.
  4. Squeeze out air and seal bag.
  5. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  6. You have a few options when it comes to cooking the chicken.
    • Option 1: Put chicken on wooden skewers. Grill or broil for 3 -4 minutes per side.
    • Option 2: Lay out chicken on grill pan and broil for 3 – 4 minutes per side.

 

Ingredients for Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

  • 2 Tbsp blue cheese (soft, crumbly)
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions

  • Mix together and keep in an airtight container in the fridge.

Ingredients for the Salad (obviously, use your own judgment and what you have on hand)

  • Lettuce, chopped (I usually use romaine for this salad, but whatever your green of choice)
  • Cucumber, skin on, chopped small
  • Pears, chopped (canned will do if you don’t have fresh) or other fruit– strawberry, whatever is in season
  • Toasted nuts (pecans are my preference, but walnuts or almonds work well, too)
  • Dried cranberries (Craisins)
  • Chopped chicken
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