My Favorite Chicken Salad, Mediterranean Eating Friendly

Chicken, Fruit, Veggies, Greens, and a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction. What could be better?

   Have you ever eaten something with a Balsamic Vinegar reduction drizzled over it?  Fruit, Cheese, Tossed Salad, etc?  Have you ever ordered a Caprese Salad appetizer in a restaurant?  Very expensive for a few slices of Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, and drizzled with Olive Oil and a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.  SO easy to make your own.  Anyway, I made a Salad out of various Greens and Veggies.  I placed cut-up Fruit around the edge, and plopped a leftover grilled Chicken Breast on top.  I drizzled with a Balsamic Vinegar reduction, and dug in!!!  So healthy.  So good!

     Feel free to grill your Chicken just for this dish, but to me it makes sense when BBQing Chicken to grill a few extra pieces to save for this delicious Salad!  For an informal dinner, I think putting out various containers with all the Salad Ingredients and letting people make their own would be fun!

PREPARATION OF BALSAMIC VINEGAR REDUCTION IS SIMPLE:      Simply pour your favorite Balsamic Vinegar in a pan and let it simmer until it’s the consistency you want.  It only takes a few minutes, so don’t walk away.  (Some people like to add Honey, but I think the Vinegar reduction is sweet enough).

    Feel free to drizzle a little Olive Oil over the Greens also. 

Here’s what I put on my Salad:

Grilled Chicken, your choice of cut

Baby Spinach

Arugula

Fresh Basil

Romaine Lettuce

Onions, sliced

Green Olives

Kalamata Olives

Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumbers

Strawberries

Raspberries

Grapes

Watermelon

For Cheese, either sliced Fresh Mozzarella or Feta would be great.  Stop looking for the Cheese on my Salad.  There isn’t any ☹  I was out of both.  Yes, I cried a little.

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Mediterranean Salad with Tomatoes, Nectarines, and Feta

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 I served this beauty the other day when we had the neighbors over. It disappeared. I love the color combination. Know that I drizzled a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction over the top before I served it.

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TIKA’S TOMATO AND AVOCADO SALAD – (Mediterranean Diet Friendly)

Tomato and Avocado Salad

It’s Tomato Season!
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Tika’s Tomato and Avocado Salad

It’s Mediterranean Diet Friendly! Very colorful and tasty, one of the most requested summer recipes in our household, and it’s quick to make.

SALAD:
1 large tomato, diced
1 – 2 large avocados, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, diced
2 TBSP chopped red onion
OPTIONAL: ¼ cup diced cucumber
2 TBSP diced roasted red pepper

DRESSING:
1 TBSP honey
3 TBSP Olive or canola oil
Juice of 1 lime
2 dashes cayenne pepper or chipotle powder
¼ tsp Cilantro
Salt and pepper
Bit of parsley, fresh or dried

Mix dressing and pour over salad. Serve

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Tomato and Avocado Salad

Greek-Style Watermelon Salad (Mediterranean Diet Friendly)

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   I saw this recipe in the NY Times. It’s featured in Watermelon All Day Long. The beautiful colors caught my eye, but after reading the ingredients I decided it was weird. I looked again because it was rated quite high by those who made it. I decided to give it a try since I had everything to make it on hand. What a surprise! I served it to four people and everyone loved it! I did NOT add the mint. I used just a drizzle of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. Very low in calories and so flavorful. Try it!

The Times says: “It’s not an immediately obvious combination – watermelon, cucumber, olives and feta – but one bite will leave you convinced that this savory-sweet summer salad is something truly special. The astringent punch of the olives and feta provides a sophisticated counterpoint to the watery mellowness of the melon and cucumber. With a hunk of bread, it’s a lovely light lunch; with practically any grilled meat or fish, it’s an ideal summer supper.”

INGREDIENTS
• 3 cups cubed watermelon
• 2 large ripe tomatoes
• 1 medium cucumber
• 1 small red onion
• ⅓ cup pitted kalamata olives
• ⅓ cup crumbled feta
• Some chopped parsley and mint (I omitted the mint)
• Olive oil and red-wine vinegar (or Balsamic vinegar)
• Salt and pepper

PREPARATION
I let the cubed watermelon and tomatoes sit in a strainer for about 10 minutes while I was doing the other prep to let some water drain.

In a large bowl combine 3 cups cubed watermelon; 2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped; 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped; 1 small red onion, sliced; 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives; 1/3 cup crumbled feta; and some chopped parsley and mint. Drizzle with olive oil and red-wine vinegar, sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss and serve.

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HEALTHIER MACARONI SALAD

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With summer coming up and everyone conscience of their waistlines, my friend Sharon Knapp Geisenhof contributed this spectacular healthier macaroni salad. Sharon explains that the carbs from the whole wheat and whole grains break down to sugar at a much slower rate, and the yogurt cuts way down on fat without hurting the taste!

INGREDIENTS:

1lb whole wheat macaroni, cooked
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
1 small can Albacore tuna, drained
1/2 of a sweet onion diced
1/3 cup chopped dill pickles
1 c plain greek yogurt
1c mayo
3 tbs mustard
1 tbs parsley flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 c white vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Paprika for garnish

PREPARATION:
Cook macaroni and drain. Set aside. In large bowl, combine tuna, eggs, onion, pickles, yogurt, mayo, mustard, parsley, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add cooked macaroni, garnish with paprika and chill.

Add anything else you like, taste it as you go and adjust it to your own liking:) Sharon sometimes adds yellow pepper rings or olives instead of pickles. NOTE: All measurements are approximate.

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HAM SALAD

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     One of my favorite things to do with leftover ham is to make ham salad.  This is how we like ours, but know that you can customize it to your own liking.  The secret to getting kids to eat it is to tell them that it’s dip.  They’ll love it.  Silly kids, but I do love tricking them into trying something new. 

INGREDIENTS: 

4 cups ham, chopped

1 celery rib

6 – 7 Sweet Gherkin pickles

2 TBSP onion, chopped fine

2 TBSP spicy brown or Dijon mustard

Pepper to taste

1 – ¼ cup mayo

Optional:  Chopped hard boiled egg

PREPARATION: 

Place ham in food processor and chop or mince to your desired size.  Remove to a serving bowl.  In processor, pulse celery, pickles, and onion until finely chopped, and add to ham.  Add pepper and mayo, stirring to combine.  

Serve on bread, crackers, toast points, croissants, ciabatta bread, or rolled in a lettuce leaf.

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