Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Recipe: Strawberry, Spinach, Chicken and Blue Cheese Salad, with Balsamic Dressing

Sounds like an odd flavour combination but honestly it works a charm! This is a fabulously generously portioned salad for one, but can also work as a fab side salad for steak. This is my entry into Rix's seasonal recipe competition, this month the challenge ingredient being strawberries. Full competition information can be found here: http://www.rix.co.uk/blog/2014/3/love-to-cook-on-an-aga-cooker-win-a-100-waitrose-voucher/ and on their Facebook page #AgaInspiredRecipes

Strawberry, Spinach, Chicken and Blue Cheese Salad, with a Balsamic dressing (serves 1)

100g spinach
200g strawberries, tops removed and quartered
90g cooked chicken (leftover roast chicken is nice)
20g pumpkin seeds
20g pine nuts
85g blue cheese (gorgonzola works well), diced
20ml balsamic vinegar
20ml vegetable oil
¼ tsp Schwartz Cajun seasoning
1-2 tsp sugar (to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix together the spinach, strawberries, chicken, pumpkin seeds and pine nuts. Top with blue cheese. Mix together the balsamic vinegar, oil , Cajun seasoning, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. 
2. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve!

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