Blueberry Chicken Chopped Salad saves the day.
When afternoon rolls around and we’ve been busy all day the panic of what to make for dinner can be paralyzing. You know that moment that you have 2 wet kids who just finished playing in the sprinkler, a third who’s craft project is all over the kitchen table and a fourth who needs a ride some where. Then your husband calls to say he skipped lunch and can’t wait until dinner. Dinner? Today? And you’re still cleaning up breakfast dishes. Been there…too many times!
Luckily one of my favorite salads can be thrown together in a hurry with items we often have in the fridge. Blueberry Chicken Chopped Salad is sweet, savory and delicious.
Blueberries are bursting with flavor this time of year and BONUS, they’re a super healthy superfood! I always have them in my fridge. Heinen’s Grocery Store offers a beautiful selection of fruits that can easily be swapped out in this recipe. Try strawberries!
Did you know that July is actually National Blueberry month? It sure is! Time to celebrate with this easy throw together dinner.
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste
1Tbs olive oil
1 Head Romaine Lettuce, cleaned and finely chopped
1 pint (2 cups) blueberries
1 cup roughly chopped toasted pecans or try candied pecans.
2/3 cup diced red onions
1/2 cup blue cheese or any soft cheese
2 cups cooked small tube pasta (ditalini)
1/3 cup olive oil
3 TBS red wine vinegar
2-3 teaspoons honey (Depends on how sweet you like it.)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk all ingredients to combine.
Assembling the salad
Season the chicken breasts to your liking. ( I marinate mine in good seasons Italian dressing for 30 minutes before cooking when I have time.)
Grill the chicken breast 4-5 minutes per side until cooked through. Left overs work well here too. Let chicken rest before chopping. Chop into bite sized pieces.
Chop all other ingredients into bite sized pieces. add pasta and toss with vinaigrette.
There you have it, protein, starch and vegetables all in one bowl.
These spoons were made by Joseph Huebscher. He’s the talented proprietor of Sweet Gum Co. in Chattanooga, TN If you order some for yourself tell him I said HI!