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 22, 2009
This is one of my favorite salads that I raced to the kitchen and developed after I saw a similar salad at a really cool and eclectic restaurant new to downtown Birmingham, AL called Urban Standard. The combination of walnuts, strawberries, blueberries and goat cheese with a vinaigrette made from pomegranate juice and flaxeed oil create the ultimate healthy salad. If you’re really short on time, omit the dressing and use your favorite bottled light balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette. And, if you want to make this a main-dish dinner salad, add 2 cups grilled or cooked chopped chicken or salmon.
By the way, I heard from six different people yesterday from California, two in Nashville, two in Birmingham, Atlanta and even New Jersey who were making my Rigatoni for dinner last night. Thanks for all the awesome support! Best, Alison
Prep: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
1/3 cup raspberry vinegar
2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
21/2 teaspoons flaxseed oil
4 cups fresh mixed greens
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 (4.4-ounce) package fresh blueberries
1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (if you don’t like goat cheese, you can use feta)
1. Whisk together raspberry vinegar, pomegranate juice, honey, mint, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly add flaxseed oil, whisking to combine; set aside.
2. Combine mixed greens, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts and goat cheese in a large serving bowl. Add vinaigrette, tossing well.