Berry Chicken Salad w/ Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
As I was searching my pantry for some inspiration for my next meal, I came across jars full of jams and preserves. Many people think of jam as something to be spread on a piece of toast with their morning coffee. And yes, that's a great way to use jam. But, there are so many creative ways to use the fruit jams sitting in your pantry. Try using it as a vinaigrette (like I am in this recipe), a unique marinade, or in a glaze or sauce. It'll definitely give regular ol' chicken breast some pizazz. Try impressing your family and friends with orange-glazed salmon or sesame orange chicken for dinner by using orange marmalade!
In this Berry Chicken Salad, I took 2 pre-washed bags of field green mix, 1 lb of strawberries and 1 pint of blueberries and turned it into an elegant dinner. I marinaded the chicken breasts in a simple yet flavorful white wine marinade. I use this marinade a lot for grilled chicken for salads because although it is flavorful, the flavor profile never takes away from the rest of the salad ingredients.
The Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is so delish and will kick any store bought dressing in the you know what! This is a great and easy recipe to put together mid-week when you're just truly exhausted, or an impromtu cocktail party in your home. You will look like a gourmet chef with this one!
- 2 bags pre-washed field greens mix
- 1 lb of ripe strawberries
- 1 pint of blueberries
- 3 chicken breasts
- 2 cups of coursely chopped walnuts
- 4 oz of crumbled gorgonzola cheese
Take both bags of field greens and place it in a large serving bowl. Take the strawberries and cut them in quarters and place it on top of the lettuce. Then, take the blueberries, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese and place them on top of the salad as well, making sure that all the ingredients are spread throughout.
Simple White Wine Marinade
- 1 cup of white wine
- 3 TBL of Kikkoman soy sauce
- 1 lemon for juicing
- 1 TBL oregano
- 1-2 chopped garlic cloves
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
Marinate 2-3 chicken breasts in the marinade for at least 30 minutes.
Grill the chicken until fully cooking or inner temperature reaches 165 degrees.
- 2 TBL of blackberry preserves
- 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
Place the blackberry jam, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper together in a mixing bowl. With one hand slowly drizzle the extra virgin oil while whisking with the other hand until all the ingredients are throuroughly combine and place aside.
Take the chicken breasts and slice them at an angle and place them around the bowl for a decorative touch. Drizzle the entire salad witht the Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette and serve.
Then sit back and enjoy the praise!