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Chicken and Plum Salad with Gooseberry Vinaigrette

Posted on February 10, 2013 by in Chicken, salads

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Chicken on the menu three times a week would cause havoc in most families, especially with the dads in those families, but here in my kitchen it features very often. Chicken is just so versatile and I can twist and tweak it in so many ways that no one will even notice that they are having it again and again and again….


So a week’s  menu could be something like this………… Sunday lunch we would have Roast Chicken, Wednesday we would have Chips Chicken with Cheese Sauce and on a Friday we would either have Chicken Kebabs on the grill or a salad made with chicken as one of the ingredients. Throw a Moroccan chicken  sandwich  for the lunchbox in there and we might end up having it four times a week. So if you have had complains about  serving a specific ingredient or meal too many times a week or month,  it is time for you to ring the changes.

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Just think a little outside the box! Take fish for instance………… you can grill it, steam it, smoke it, roast it and even cook it in a paper parcel and call it  en papillote and see them jiggle with delight for mom’s innovative spirit!

I would love to  know from you what is your favorite way of cooking chicken. Which one of your chicken meals makes your family ask for second helpings. Is it a pasta dish, a stew, a soup or just roasted in your own special way! Come on, share with us! I know in my family Chips Chicken wins hands down!

The thing with chicken is that it balances so beautifully with savory as well as sweet partners. A Greek stew is perfect with salty feta, olives and tomatoes while in a salad, chicken pairs beautifully with fruit and slightly sweeter ingredients, such a plums…

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I love plums, I buy them often, because they are small enough to fit in a lunchbox and also small enough for the children to finish in one break and not having to leave half of it in the lunchbox to ooze and mess all over  the sandwiches. However the punnet of plums I bought last week was so incredibly sour in the middle that I had to either throw it away or think outside the box or shall I say outside the punnet…. which I did and it worked!

Chicken Salad with plums and gooseberry vinaigrette

serves 4

Ingredients

4 smoked chicken breasts – buy or make your own

4 big red plums

1 small English cucumber

75 g fresh gooseberries – halved

1 small iceberg lettuce or 1 small pillow bag of fresh rocket

100 g feta or goats cheese (optional)

30 ml lemon-infused olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

15 ml honey

For the Gooseberry dressing

75 g fresh gooseberries

125 ml cup vegetable oil(olive oil is too pungent)

zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange

30 ml white balsamic vinegar

15 – 20 ml honey

salt to taste

Method

Halve the plums and remove the pips. Place the plum halves, the lemon-infused oil, honey and lemon juice in a bowl and stir to  make sure each plum is coated with the sauce. Heat a griddle pan and grill the plums until they have beautiful char marks, but are not over-cooked and soggy.

Blend all the ingredients for the vinaigrette together until thick and creamy and keep chilled.  To assemble your salad, scatter some shredded lettuce or rocket on each plate. Slice the smoked chicken in thin slices and arrange on the lettuce followed by the cucumber, gooseberries  and the cheese if you are using it.

Serve with the thick luscious vinaigrette and a slice of wholegrain bread.

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2 Responses to “Chicken and Plum Salad with Gooseberry Vinaigrette”

  1. tami 11 February 2013 at 9:53 am #

    That looks delicious Nina. This is a lovely recipe that I will definitely try soon xx


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