Sometimes in the winter it’s fun to create dishes that transport you to a warm, summery spot. This particular salad does just that. The fresh, bright flavors remind me of a sweet summer day in the dappled light of a pretty gazebo. Make yourself a pitcher of iced tea with lemon and one of these salads and see if you don’t agree.
for one salad:
baby spinach, arugula or spring greens
sunflower seeds or chopped pecans
gorgonzola cheese or chevre, crumbled
a few thin slices of purple onion
1 cup cooked, chilled, chopped chicken (leftover rotisserie chicken works well)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (plus a few more whole sprigs for garnish)
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
homemade or store bought croutons (optional)
a sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 to 4 Tablespoons Kicky Raspberry Dijon Vinaigrette (recipe below)
Compose salad on a big plate so it looks pretty. Drizzle with the dressing and serve immediately.
Kicky Raspberry Dijon Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup raspberry preserves
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar or raspberry vinegar
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce or sweet & sour sauce
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
Place all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth. Pour into a jar or cruet. This dressing will keep in your refrigerator for a month.