March 18, 2009
I love to make salads for dinner, and this southern-style salad makes a great main-dish dinner or weekend lunch. The walnut coating on the chicken cutlets is delicious paired with buttermilk, honey and basil. Feel free to use almonds or pecans instead of the walnuts, and if you’re short on time, use your favorite jarred salad dressing.
Walnut Chicken Salad
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
4 chicken cutlets
3 tablespoons nonfat buttermilk
3/4 cup finely ground walnuts
1/2 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cups torn mixed salad greens
4 cups torn fresh spinach
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend
16 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1. Brush buttermilk evenly over chicken.
2. Combine walnuts, breadcrumbs, and salt in a shallow dish; dredge chicken in mixture.
3. Pour oil into a large skillet; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken, and cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Cut chicken crosswise into thin slices.
4. Combine salad greens and spinach, and arrange on each of 4 individual plates. Sprinkle with cheese, and top with tomato halves and chicken. Serve with Buttermilk-Honey Dressing on the side.
Prep: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cup
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup nonfat buttermilk
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a wire whisk.
January 29, 2009
I am amazed how many subscribers and fans on facebook I have that are college students, and I thank all of you and am so excited that ya’ll are cooking while in college! Carlie, a college senior at the University of Georgia, has particularly enjoyed when I post salad recipes, and she told me she has tried all of them. She asked me to “keep them coming” so Carlie, this one’s for you. This salad is a cinch! The ingredients are very simple and easy to find. Feel free to substitute salmon for the chicken or even add thin cooked vermicelli or rice noodles to this salad. I kept the dressing very light, but it is a little tangy so if you want to add more oil, feel free.
Asian Chicken Salad
Prep: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
5 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 large seedless cucumbers, thinly sliced
2 cups shredded carrots
1 tomato, thinly sliced
11/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, toasted
2/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon canola or sesame oil
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1. Combine lettuce and next 8 ingredients in a large salad bowl. Whisk together rice wine vinegar and remaining ingredients and pour over salad, tossing gently.