Delicious Recipes: Strawberry & Chicken Salad

Delicious Recipes: Strawberry & Chicken Salad

It’s Strawberry season, finally! And that means Wimbledon is just around the corner! And it also means that we get the real red, juicy and sweet in-season strawberries for delicious recipes, rather than the overgrown, watery imposters we are subjected to the rest of the year round!

There’s nothing quite like biting into a succulent strawberry with a glass of fizz – yum. But there are many ways to make the most of the scrumptious strawberry. Here is your favourite health@planetfem editor’s (umm, that’s me :-)) best strawberry recipe, just for you. But before you run off to make it, here are some excellent reasons why you should eat more strawberries.

1. Strawberries are an excellent source of folate –the folic acid which occurs naturally in food. We need folate as we get older to stop atherosclerosis, vascular disease and lack of folate even contributes to a decline in cognitive function. Some medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can actually deplete the levels of folic acid in the body, so eating lots of strawberries is a great way to replenish!

2. A 2013 study published in Circulation found women could reduce their risk of heart attack by 32 percent if they ate three or more servings of strawberries and blueberries a week.

3.  Strawberries contain more than 100 percent of our daily recommended intake of vitamin C in just one portion.

5. Strawberries contain the antioxidant, anthrocyanin which protects the body from the damaging environmental effects.

STRAWBERRY & CHICKEN SALAD

For the dressing:

Honey
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon water
a pinch of salt
a pinch of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
For the salad:
Romaine lettuce
Rocket
a punnet of fresh, quartered strawberries
a red onion, sliced
skinless, boneless grilled chicken breast, sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted cashews or walnuts- halved
crumbled blue cheese

How to make it:

Put the first 5 ingredients in a small bowl or a mixer and mix together. Or alternatively, put them into a jar, close the lid and shake. Gradually drizzle in oil, stirring constantly with a fork.

Break the romaine leaves up into edible pieces and put in a bowl. Add the next 4 ingredients into the bowl; toss gently. Drizzle the salad dressing on top and toss. Put onto  the plates and place the chicken on each. Top each serving with the cashews/walnuts and 2 tablespoons of the soft cheese.  Add some more salad dressing to taste. Yum. Yum. Yum.

Photo credit: recipe rocket

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