FARMERS MARKET CHICKEN CHOPPED SALAD

IMG_7310Chopped salads are great when you have just gone to the farmers markets and the fridge and counter tops are overflowing with your wonderful treasures. The variations are endless. I take a moment to see what I have and what I think will go well together, and then, start chopping away. This farmers market chicken chopped salad is filled with herbs, different greens, vegetables, seeds, nuts, cheese, and, of course, chicken. My new favorite chopped combination.

IMG_7301FARMERS MARKET CHICKEN CHOPPED SALAD

1 cooked chicken breast, chopped into cubes

1/2 romaine heart, roughly chopped

1 big handful of mixed greens

1 big handful of baby arugula

1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1 endive, sliced into thin rounds

1 cup purple or green string beans, cut into 1 inch pieces

1/2 cup chives, cut into 1 inch pieces

1/3 cup sprouted salt and pepper walnuts from Whole Foods, or raw walnuts, chopped

1 small handful of opal basil leaves or regular basil leaves

1 handful italian parsley leaves

3/4 cup crumbled point reyes blue cheese or blue cheese of your choice

1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon raw pepitas

freshly ground black pepper

1/2 lemon

mustard vinaigrette (recipe to follow)

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IMG_7308In a large bowl combine, the chicken, romaine, mixed greens, arugula, tomatoes, endive, string beans, chives, walnuts, basil, parsley, seeds, and cheese. With your hands, gently fold the ingredients together. Add some freshly ground black pepper and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Start drizzling the mustard vinaigrette over the salad. Toss. Just add enough dressing to lightly coat the ingredients. Be careful not to overdress. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Serve immediately.

IMG_7312MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE

Makes about 2 cups

1/2 cup champagne vinegar

3 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

Place all ingredients in a large mason jar. Shake to combine. Extra dressing will last up to two weeks.

 

Enjoy!

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