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April 29, 2015

Chicken and Nectarine Salad

Refreshing Chicken Salad with Grapes, Nectarines and a delicious Orange dressing, which is perfect for lunch or as a light dinner

We are huge fans of Chicken salads, but coming up with new ideas are not always that easy. Fortunately, we have a few recipes which are always welcome, like this Chicken and Nectarine Salad

I am sure by now you must have noticed that I meant what I said a few posts back, that we really like our salads for lunch or as a light dinner.

Refreshing Chicken Salad with Grapes, Nectarines and a delicious Orange dressing, which is perfect for lunch or as a light dinner

This year we were also extremely in luck with Nectarines, which could be difficult to find in stores some years. Even our peaches were in abundance, but I prefer Nectarines to peaches in a salad.

Peaches, to me, are more for baking and desserts, or eating fresh as is. Fresh peaches bring back lots of memories of my Grandparents which I will always cherish. My late Grandfather had one peach tree, just the one, but had the most delicious, plump and juicy peaches.

Refreshing Chicken Salad with Grapes, Nectarines and a delicious Orange dressing, which is perfect for lunch or as a light dinner

The Grapes together with the Nectarines makes a wonderful combination in this Chicken Salad. You can always substitute the Arugula greens for your favorite - I am just {extremely} partial to Arugula in Salads or on Burgers.

You can also use any cooked Chicken, grilled, baked, leftover or store-bought rotisserie Chicken. I like the Chicken Spice, as it adds just the right taste, and try to use to use it as often as I can, or I should say, have time to cook the Chicken myself.

Chicken and Nectarine Salad

INGREDIENTS:

Dressing:

1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Fresh Orange Juice
Pinch Ground Cumin

Salad:

3 - 4 Chicken Fillets, cut into strips
Chicken Spice, to taste
2 TB Olive Oil
2 Handfuls Arugula Salad Mix Leaves
1 cup Green Seedless Grapes
3 Nectarines, sliced
1/3 cup Almond Splinters {toasted or blanched}
Black Pepper, freshly ground  {optional}

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Whisk together the Dressing ingredients - keep chilled until needed.
2.) Season the Chicken strips to taste with the Chicken spice - heat the Oil and stir-fry the Chicken until done - remove from heat and let cool.
3.) Toss together the Arugula Salad Mix, Grapes, Nectarines and cooked Chicken - transfer to a serving dish or individual plates.
4.) Scatter the Almonds over and sprinkle with Black Pepper {if using}

Serve immediately with the Dressing on the side or chill for 30 minutes to an hour.


Refreshing Chicken Salad with Grapes, Nectarines and a delicious Orange dressing, which is perfect for lunch or as a light dinner

4 comments:

  1. I love salads with fruit and chicken. This sounds and looks wonderful!

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  2. What a delicious looking salad. My mom put grapes in her chicken salad. Adding peaches or nectarines sounds so wonderful!!

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  3. This sounds perfect for warmer nights, Linda! Pinned!

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  4. What a gorgeous fresh salad and so healthy!! Pinning!!

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