Today it was a “lovely” 88 degrees with 80% humidity, which is not uncommon in a Michigan summer. I become a super grump in hot weather, and the last thing I want to do is cook. No, check that. The last thing I want to do is be outside. Second to last is cooking. Because of this I am always on the lookout for fast, mostly heat-free meals to get us through the sticky summer months.
Some lovely person brought this delicious salad to our recent Sunday School picnic, and I bought the ingredients to make it at home as soon as I could. This is a quick and healthy summer dinner that your whole family will love. If you have more time, you can grill up your own chicken instead of taking the help from the store. However you choose to make it, it will be a hit!
To make this tasty salad, you will need a few things from the store:
- baby greens
- grilled chicken
- whole almonds
- mandarin oranges
- Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger dressing
That last bit is crucial. You NEED to shell out a couple extra dollars for the Newman’s Own dressing. It’s beyond good. Sesame dressings can cross the line into cloying very easily, and this dressing walks the line expertly.
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Heat up the chicken and cut it into bite sized pieces. Toss together all the ingredients and drizzle on some of the delicious dressing. A little goes a long way, so don’t overdress the salad (and this is coming from a girl who normally downs her salads).
If you would rather serve it as a side or a starter, just ditch the chicken. It makes a lovely and colorful addition to a summer dinner party, and nobody has to know it only took minutes to pull together!
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