Chicken Salad with Strawberries and Red Onions

Chicken Salad with Strawberries

Chicken Salad with Strawberries and Red Onions.

Have I ever told you that I live five minutes from where I work?  OK, during a snow storm, it’s probably seven. And if I hit the stop light at Highlands Ranch Parkway, that will add an extra minute to the calculations.  How far do you commute to work?

This was an easy dinner because I came home at lunch, put two small boneless/skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot at about 11:30. I ate lunch, made the dressing for salad, spent time on social media and was back at work by 12:30 (ish).

With the crockpot set on high, the chicken breasts were done when I left work at 5:25, arriving home at 5:30. (Yay for the green light at Highlands Ranch Parkway.)

Placing the chicken breasts on a cutting board to cool while I assembled the rest of the ingredients, dinner was on the table at 6:20. Actually it would have been on the table at 5:45 but a glass of wine with feet propped up on the coffee table delayed the process. Priorities.

Easy Chicken Salad with Strawberries

Fresh and healthy with chicken, strawberries, celery, red onion, and raisins all piled on top of butter lettuce. Let’s take a look:

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Chicken Salad with Strawberries
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
  • 2 cups quartered small strawberries (about 1 pint)
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped celery
  • ⅓ cup sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups butter lettuce
Instructions
  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine sesame seeds and next 6 ingredients (sesame seeds through pepper) in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Pour over chicken mixture; toss well to coat. Cover and chill for about 30 minutes. (I didn’t do this step) Serve over salad greens.

Chicken Salad with Strawberries…It’s What’s for Dinner.

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  1. Larry says

    I’d say my commute is about a minute and a half which includes a potty stop:-). The salad looks fantastic and this is a big favorite for Bev. Our local berries are in and we have a big pick-your-own field five minutes away. Some of my smoked chicken should work very well here.

  2. says

    This is a great idea for a quick dinner. I had a similar dinner last night– spinach and strawberry salad with chicken that I cooked quickly on my George Foreman grill. Next time I’ll try to make a dressing like you did– homemade salad dressings are always better!

  3. says

    ‘stop light’ – now that’s telling our age… I used the term yesterday in an intro to a recipe, a term that brought back many childhood memories… and when I you use it, it got me wondering, if the light is green, why don’t we call it a ‘go light’?
    I like the contrast of flavors in this salad, esp with the vinaigrette . I have used strawberries with grilled scallops in a salad before, even catfish smothered in a seasoned strawberry mix (a Cajun recipe) but I do so love ‘em with chicken… this is a winner…

  4. says

    Wow, only 5 minutes from work. You’re a lucky lady. I used to live 35 miles away from work but it’ll take one and a half hour to get there with L.A.’s traffic.

    Your chicken salad with strawberry and red onion is gorgeous. Love the flavor combination too.

    • says

      Thanks Amy. And I can imagine that 1 1/2 hour drive …. I’ve been to L.A. and I’m surprised it’s not more. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. says

    What a delicious soundiing combination – strawberries are so good in a salad! I live about 5 minutes away from work, too. Summer lunches are the best! I eat something simple while changing into a “sunning outfit” – then grab some lip balm and a timer for a quick tanning session on the south side of the deck. It’s a wonderful little micro-climate that warms up on a sunny day no matter the temp. Wilson has to have his own chaise lounge. :)

    • says

      I do that too. Come home and enjoy a lunch out doors. Love it that Wilson has to have his own lounge. Do you still have the other dog?

  6. says

    You know, you never know what you’re going to get when you see “chicken salad”. You don’t know if it will be a salad with grilled chicken on it or if it will be the chopped chicken/mayo/stuff type. I love both.

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