Recipe 3.5: Strawberry Fields Salad
This salad has it all – tangy and sweet berries, salty feta cheese, crisp lettuce, and moist chicken. Pair it with a crisp white wine for your end of the week celebration!
1 head lettuce
1 package strawberries
½ cup feta cheese
¼ cup grapeseed oil
4 tbs. basalmic vinegar
1 lb. chicken breasts
2 tbs. olive oil
Heat a large fry pan over medium heat. Prep chicken by pounding it thin with the flat side of a meat tenderizer. Add oil to pan. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Reduce heat on pan to medium low (seven o’clock on the dial) and add chicken in a single layer. You may need to cook chicken in two batches. Cook on each side for 3-5 minutes, then flip. Chicken is done when outside is entirely white (just hints of browning on the outside). You can also cut into the middle of a breast to check for doneness. Inside should be white and moist. If it is pink or clear white it is not done and needs to cook longer. Once cooked, remove from pan and lay on plastic cutting board. Slice chicken into thin strips and allow to cool to room temperature.
Prep lettuce. I like to wash my lettuce in the sink by creating a little “bath” for it. I first wash out my sink, then put in the stopper and fill it with cold water. Cut off the base end of your head of lettuce, separate the leaves and float in water, pushing down so all the lettuce is submerged. I add some ice on top of the lettuce to keep it underwater and also to keep the bath nice and cold. When the lettuce comes out it will be crisp, clean and ready to go. Soak lettuce for at least five minutes. Swish the leaves around with your hand to remove any excess dirt, then remove and place in a salad spinner. Spin dry, then place on cutting board. Slice lettuce into ½ inch strips. (If you don’t have a salad spinner, you could use a colander and a towel to dry lettuce.)
Prepare strawberries by washing, then cut off the green top. Slice strawberries thinly.
Make dressing in a small bowl by adding together oil, vinegar, a pinch of salt and a couple grinds of black pepper. Mix with a fork to combine.
Once everything is ready, assemble salad! Each bowl should receive a pile of lettuce, 1/8 cup feta cheese crumbles, ½ cup sliced strawberries, ½ cup sliced chicken, and 2 tbs. dressing, to taste. Toss together, sit back, and welcome the weekend!