Chicken & Fruit Summer Salad

IMG_1260Hello you all– I know it’s not truly summer yet.  But we did have a day that hit 100 degrees this week!  And tonight we dragged the back yard old wooden table out of storage and had our first dinner under the maple trees with friends.  It was an easy pot-lucky kind of meal– everyone walking in the front door with a bottle of wine and something to add to the table.  We sat and ate and talked til well after dark.  So somehow it just feels like summer.

1 head of red leaf lettuce
1 roasted chicken, deboned and chopped to polite little bites
1 box of strawberries, sliced
1 cup of blueberries
1 cup of blackberries
2 kiwis, peeled and cut to chunks
4 apricots, seeded and cut into little pieces
1/2 cup blue cheese
1/2 cup roasted almonds

Layer this all on the biggest platter you have and set it out to share with friends…

DRESSING– We had two choices on the side:

Tarragon Dressing– 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup tarragon vinegar, 1 tab. sugar, a few shakes of salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper.  Shake it all together in a jar with a tight lid until it is emulsified.

Cilantro Lime Dressing- 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup unflavored yogurt, 1 tab. lime juice, 1 tsp. grated lime peel, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tab. mild vinegar, leaves of 1 bunch of cilantro, 1/2 tsp. sea salt.  Just whip it all together in a blender or food processor for a pretty bright green dressing.


Here we are finishing p dinner before we tucked into Debbie’s cupcakes for dessert.  Good friends and worthwhile conversation…