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9.17.2012

Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Oh hi.  Hello.  Hey there!


It's me!  I'm back.  Did you know I had been away?  Geez, I hope so.

You may have noticed my spotty posting these past few weeks.  I'd like to say it's because I was working on delicious new recipes to dazzle your tastebuds for days, but really I was beach-sleeping, book-reading, peach popsicle-slurping, UNO-playing, and sunburning over the past few weeks.

It's been great.

Yesterday my husband and I spent the majority of the day driving from the quiet beaches of North Carolina home to Pennsylvania, and thinking about how summer has drawn to a close and fall is right around the corner.  The thought was so depressing to me that all I wanted to do when we got home was curl up in a couch ball with Downton Abbey and the salt water taffy we bought as gifts for the neighborsI think only the new Mrs. Bates' life is sadder than mine when I think about saying goodbye to summer.

Now that I was dramatic for 5 seconds, it's time to get serious.  And by get serious I mean get our lists flowing and our hands dirty with the business of delicious fall dinner.  Startiiiiing......next time.

Come on!  You can imagine I was in no mood yesterday to address an empty pantry and come up with a complex meal.  I consider myself lucky to have had enough energy to unwrap the taffy before diving in.

So I made what I refer to as the Go-To.  You know what I mean.  You probably have one too.  The Go-To comes in many shapes, sizes, colors, smells, and textures, and I don't judge, I promise.  Although if your Go-To involves a trip to Dunkin Donuts we may want to have a chat.

My Go-To involves a store-bought rotisserie chicken, fresh veggies, crunchy nuts, tangy cheese, and a giant Tupperware container with a lid.  Here's how it goes:

Pick up a roasted chicken at the store, or roast your own if you're feelin' all tricksy.



Place your greens in a giant bowl or Tupperware container with a sturdy lid.  I use mixed mesclun greens but any lettuce will do!  Peppery arugula would be divinity.



Throw in some onions and tomatoes!  But don't stop there.  There's plenty room for any extra veggies you love in life.  I love not hating veggies.  Did your brain work quick enough for that sentence?


Of course, you gotta add the fun stuff.  This time around I used feta cheese crumbles and chopped walnuts.  But dried fruit would also be delish.  A chewy nibble of the Craisin varietal perhaps?


And I know you didn't let any of that delicious shredded chicken go to waste.  I know there's not a piece left on the bone and you've monitored your husband's actions so as to slap away any tempation to sneak a bite.


And what would a salad be without a tasty dressing to bind it all together?  I used a raspberry balsamic, but anything that's wet will do.  Then snap on the lid, turn it upside-down, and "Shake it Out, Shake it Out!"  Inside joke.  Had to be there.  Brother-in-law belts Florence and the Machine and it cracks me up.  No bigs.



Rotisserie Chicken Salad
with
Walnuts and Feta
Yields 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 package romaine lettuce
1 pint cherry (quartered) or grape (halved) tomatoes
1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
1/3 c walnuts, chopped
1/2 c reduced-fat feta cheese crumbles
1 rotisserie chicken, fully-cooked and shredded (or you can oven-bake your own!)
Your favorite salad dressing (I used fat-free raspberry balsamic)

Preparation:
 Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, onion, walnuts, and feta cheese in a large container with a lid or a large serving bowl.

Add the shredded chicken and a few tablespoons of your favorite salad dressing.  If using a container, apply the lid and make sure there's a tight seal, then shake it like mad!  If using a bowl, stir dressing into the salad until everything is coated.

Adjust salad dressing as needed, and enjoy!


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