Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dill-icious!

Being a full time communications professional, business owner and blogger, any recipe that is quick, easy and flavorful has my immediate attention. My life changed when I tried this new entree salad recipe that features seasonal fruits, nuts and a dillweed vinaigrette that makes my mouth water just thinking about it. If there is one variety of food that must work extra hard to inspire me, it's salad. I'm not that girl who can sit down to a plate of lettuce and a bottle of ranch and be happy or satisfied. But this salad really packs a punch. Try it for dinner one night this week and let me know what you think in the comments section.
Happy dining!
Mixed Greens with Dill Salad Dressing 

Assemble ingredients

Dressing Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. dried dillweed
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 Tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/4 Tsp. dried oregano

Salad Ingredients:
4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 1 pound of shrimp
Steak and Chicken Rub (any brand will work)
8 cups spring/mixed greens or baby spinach
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup crumbled goat or farmer's cheese
1/4 cup pecans, chopped & toasted
For the vinaigrette, mix all ingredients in a bowl and combine with a whisk or fork. Let stand while you prepare the salad. 
Next generously cover the chicken or shrimp with a steak and chicken rub and grill on a gas or charcoal grill (12-15 minutes for chicken / 2-5 minutes for shrimp). I skewer my shrimp to avoid losing them through the grates. Cool.
Meanwhile, heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and toast chopped pecans (5-8 minutes, turning often). Arrange salad greens on four plates. Top with cranberries, goat cheese, toasted pecans and chicken or shrimp (if using chicken, slice thinly). Give the vinaigrette one last whisk then drizzle over each salad. 
Dill-icious salad pictured with chicken and shrimp. Enjoy!

No comments:

Post a Comment