Strawberry Thai Chicken Salad

Strawberry Thai Chicken Salad

This salad is so diverse in flavor that I debated for a long time on what to call it.  It has chicken, strawberries, balsamic vinegar salad dressing, basil and coconut cashews.  It’s kind of like an Italian-meets-Thai salad.  I know that sounds a little weird, but it’s so good that I found myself trying to include each ingredient into every bite because it was such a great combination.

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It all started with these Coconut Cashews from Trader Joe’s.  Sorry if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s.  You could still use cashews and sprinkle shredded coconut onto the salad for an almost equally satisfying flavor profile.  But back to the coconut cashews.  They are a little sweet but still have the buttery, nutty flavor of a cashew too.  They are so good for snacking.  My almost 2 year old, Camden, loves them and will come in the kitchen and point to the container when he wants some.

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Start the salad by chopping up a romaine heart into small ribbons and then chop again crosswise.

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Chop one cup of strawberries.

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Slice one cooked chicken breast into small pieces.  I used some leftovers from this amazing grilled chicken.  You can also use this roasted chicken recipe too.

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Now for a fancy word.  Chiffonade some basil.  This simply means lay the leaves on top of one another and roll up.

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Then slice the roll into thin ribbons.

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Combine all the ingredients and top with any kind of balsamic salad dressing.  I actually tried it with three different kinds – a traditional Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette, Kraft Creamy Balsamic Vinegar, and my favorite Ken’s Honey Balsamic Vinegar dressing.  They were all good in different ways.

Strawberry Thai Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 large dinner salads or 4 small side salads

Strawberry Thai Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 romaine lettuce heart, finely chopped
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 3 Tbs basil, chiffonade into ribbons (more if you really like basil)
  • 1/2 cup coconut or regular cahsews
  • 1 cooked chicken breast, sliced
  • Balsamic salad dressing
  • *1/8 cup of shredded coconut if you don't have coconut cashews

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and toss.
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I enjoyed every bite of this salad each time I ate it.  My friend Jamie just dropped off some more strawberries, so another salad may be in the works for lunch tomorrow.  Thanks, Jamie!

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Happy Salad Making!

JulieBird

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