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Kiwi & Chicken Salad with Feta, Basil, & Mixed Greens

with Tequila Lime Vinaigrette

Kiwi Chicken Salad with Feta, Basil, and Mixed Greens

Do you see the kiwi in there? It’s a master at hide-and-seek …

Yesterday I walked into my kitchen looking for some lunch … I am trying to eat up that big tub of herb organic salad mix my mom and dad got for me, so I thought I’d make a salad. And I’m trying to clean out some of the things in the freezer, so I added some chicken nuggets. And then I found some feta cheese and a red onion from Dad’s garden. But it sounded boring … what else could I add to my salad? Aha! a bunch of kiwis my daughter hasn’t eaten yet … and some basil …

That’s how this salad came to be. I just kept finding things to put in it. Some of my best recipes are born that way.

I told my daughter that I put Kiwi in my salad today and she said yes, of course, it goes great in fruit salad. I said no, I used it in a green salad with chicken and cheese and red onions. She said that’s just weird.

Well, yes, maybe it is a little weird. But it is also really good. The taste of the crispy chicken, the sweet juicy kiwi, the salty cheese, the greens, and the herbs — it is just a really good flavor combination. You will just have to try it and find out for yourself.

Kiwi & Chicken Salad with Feta, Mixed Greens and Basil

Kiwi & Chicken Salad with Feta, Basil, and Mixed Greens with Tequila Lime Vinaigrette

  • Mixed Organic Herb Mix or Mixed Greens (including fresh dill … if it’s not in the greens I do recommend adding it!)
  • Chicken nuggets or grilled chicken or other chicken (this is a great use for leftover chicken!)
  • Red onion, cut in small chunks
  • Kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into pieces
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Fresh basil leaves (and flowers if you have them!)

First make the dressing and let it set to mix the flavors while you prepare the salad.

Fill the salad bowl 3/4 full with the organic herb mix, and sprinkle with remaining ingredients as you please. Drizzle with the Tequila Lime Vinaigrette.

Tequila Lime Vinaigrette (from Cooking Light Magazine)

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of salt

Directions:

  1. Toss all ingredients into a food processor and whir till blended. Or you can just whisk them all together in a bowl, but the food processor will chop up the cilantro really nicely. I used watermelon-infused tequila (made by soaking watermelon cubes in tequila for several  days). Cover and chill until ready to use.

Kiwi & Chicken Salad with Feta, Mixed Greens, & Tequila Lime Vinaigrette

This recipe was shared at Tastetastic Thursdays.

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4 responses

  1. Haha, I love meals like that – especially salads because they often take whatever you can throw at it and it still ends up being awesome. I’m not a big fan of chicken nuggets, so I might change those for some croutons, but feta and kiwi…! Yummy!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

  2. Honestly I can’t stand chicken nuggets either … except in a salad! I buy them for the kids but sometimes the kids get ultra-picky and decide they aren’t going to finish them. That’s when Mom has to get creative.

    December 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

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