Chicken-Strawberry Spinach Salad

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by: Cook In / Dine Out






When they come into season in late spring, strawberries are a popular choice for dessert, but I love them just as much in salads where their sweetness can provide a nice contrast to savory and bitter flavors. Strawberries, with a bitter green and a sharp cheese are common combination; here I've paired the berries with spinach and goat cheese, but certainly arugula and blue cheese would be good too.




ingredients

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serves: 2

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3/4 lb chicken breast cutlets

pinch of seasoned salt

dash of freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup pecan halves

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp warm water

10 strawberries (sliced)

3 cups spinach leaves

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

pinch of salt

2 oz soft goat cheese (chèvre)

Nutrition Facts
Chicken-Strawberry Spinach Salad

Servings Per Recipe: 2

Amount per Serving

Calories: 450

  • Total Fat: 30.7 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 7.5 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 40.9 mg
  • Sodium: 399.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 26.1 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 9.5 g
  •     Sugars: 13.8 g
  • Protein: 24.4 g
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preparation

1.  Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. When hot, pat chicken cutlets dry with paper towel and add to pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes, turning once halfway through. Set aside to cool and cut into bite-size pieces.

2.  Heat a small frying pan over medium-low heat. Add pecans and toast until fragrant. Stir together honey and warm water and then add to nuts, stir until nuts are evenly glazed and the water has evaporated. Set aside on a plate to cool (don't put on a paper towel).

3.  Combine the chicken, nuts, strawberries and spinach in a large bowl and toss to combine. Whisk together 2 tbsp. olive oil, white wine vinegar, a pinch of salt and a dash of fresh-ground black pepper (use salt and pepper to taste), pour over salad and toss gently until salad is evenly coated. Gently stir in the goat cheese.

Cooks' note:
Although optional, pan-roasting the pecans enhances their nutty flavor. Glazing them with honey is also optional, but delicious.

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