California Chicken Salad
California Chicken Salad
My version. I chose their Balsamic Vinegar Dressing and bought a pint of theirs for $3.25, to take home. (I tried to duplicate it below) You can definitely taste the apple cider vinegar in theirs and it’s sweetness. Honey Mustard Dressing would be a good choice also
9-oz. bag Spring Mix Salad Greens (romaine, iceberg, shredded carrots, red cabbage)
1 medium red onion, sliced and separated into rings
4-oz. cup mandarin oranges (they come in a pkg. of 4, 4-oz. cups, on the fruit isle)To
1 pint fresh strawberries
Sweet Cherry tomatoes
Pecans or Walnuts (see “tips”)
Bleu Cheese Crumbles, 1 small tub
1 medium size chicken breast, sprinkled well with Greek Seasoning and cooked. Then sliced into 4 “fingers” (we cook our chicken on the George Forman) OR you could just buy chicken tenders
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (or your choice)
The following directions make a lot. Use the amounts at your discretion, as for an entrée or side salad. I didn’t measure, I just scatter what I thought looked good, keeping things in layers. Don’t toss until you’re at the table ready to eat. It’s pretty in layers.
In this order:
A bed of lettuce
1 red onion ring, separated
Mandarin oranges slices
3 or 4 sliced strawberries
3 or 4 Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Small handful toasted nuts
About ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles
Pour the desired amount of dressing evenly over salad (1/4 to 1/3rd cup)
Then place the chicken strips on top.
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 - 1½ tsp. light corn syrup
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
Slowly whisk in ¼ cup ex-virgin olive oil
Pour into a salad dressing carafe and shake well
Note: the corn syrup not only sweetens the dressing but helps to thicken it.
A bar cookie that will bring you raves!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup pecan halves
2/3 cup butter
½ cup light brown sugar
1½ cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine crust ingredients, mixing until fine crumbs. Pat firmly in ungreased 9x13x2-inch baking pan. Sprinkle the pecan halves evenly over unbaked crust. Combine the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for one minute. Pour over pecans. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes. Then immediately scatter the chocolate chips evenly over top. Allow them to melt slightly for a couple of minutes, then “swirl” them, leaving some whole for a marbled look. (Do not spread them!) Cool completely and cut into bars. Makes 3 to 4 dozen
Out of self-rising flour?Sift together: 1 cup all purpose flour, 1½ tsp. baking powder and ½ tsp. salt. Multiply as needed.