Monday, September 20, 2010

Summer Salad over Pita and Fresh Fruit

Last summer, I made a perfect Summer salad with my girlfriends.  A chicken salad mixed with lots of vegetables and served over pita is a perfect way to end any hot (well there are not a lot) day in San Francisco.  This recipe I just came up with on the fly with the ingredients that looked the best at the store.

We also decided to make a fresh fruit salad!  We placed some of the chopped fruit in Champagne Flutes and topped with cold white wine for fun!

Fruit Salad tip:  For a more "dessert like" fruit salad mix your favorite chopped fruits with Lemon Yogurt!!!

Summer Salad over Toasted Pita and Fresh Fruit
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All pictures included in this post were taken by Niky.  Visit her blog for more amazing photographs!



Summer Salad over Toasted Pita and Fresh Fruit
serves 4

Ingredients:
4 Pitas
3 Chicken Breasts
1 Package of Herb Salad Mix
3 Hothouse Tomatoes cut into wedges
1 Avocado roughly chopped
1/2 English Cucumber sliced
1/2 Red Onion thinly slices
1 Bunch Asparagus cut into 1" lengths
1/4 cup plus 5 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
Thyme
Dijon Mustard
Garlic
1 Shallot
Salt 
Pepper

Directions:
Pitas:  Brush Pitas with 2 tbsp olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Toast in oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, until slightly brown but not hard.
Chicken:  Heat 2 tbsp olive oil of medium high heat.  Dry chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper.  Pan sear until fully cooked.  Let rest.
Asparagus:  Toss asparagus with 1 chopped garlic clove, 1 tbsp oil, salt, and pepper.  Saute in pan over medium heat until al dente. 
Dressing:  Mix 1 chopped garlic clove, chopped shallot, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and red wine vinegar.  Slowly mix in remaining olive oil.
Salad:  In large bowl mix lettuce with all vegetables.  Cut chicken into 1/2" to 1" squares and mix in salad.  Toss with dressing to taste.  Serve over toasted pitas.  Serve with lemon wedges for additional acidity.



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