Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chicken Poppy Seed Salad

This recipe came from The Sisters Cafe. It's a perfect salad for a baby shower, a luncheon, or if you need to bring a salad to a party. It was so yummy! The dressing is pretty sweet so if you're serving it as a main dish, I would suggest serving it with something salty to balance out the sweetness. You need to plan ahead with this salad to marinate the chicken overnight; however, I didn't have time and I marinated the chicken for a few hours. It was still pretty tasty but I'm sure it would've been better if it had marinated longer. Enjoy!

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Chicken Poppy Seed Salad
adapted from The Sisters Cafe

5 oz spinach
1 head romaine lettuce
1 lb grilled chicken, sliced (*marinated overnight in Lemon Grilled Chicken marinade)
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 package pre-cooked bacon, crispy and crumbled
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2/3 cup toasted almonds

*Lemon Grilled Chicken marinade:
juice of 1 lemon (3 Tbsp juice)
3 Tbsp oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp oregano

Dressing: (makes a lot of dressing) 
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp dry mustard
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp onion, chopped
2 cups canola oil
3 Tbsp poppy seeds

For the dressing combine the first 5 ingredients and mix in a blender. Slowly add oil. Mix until smooth. Stir in poppy seeds. For the salad combine spinach, lettuce, chicken, onion, bacon, mozzarella, and almonds. Toss with dressing. 

Makes about 6 main dish portions

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