I am strongly convinced that if you don't like salads, you aren't making them right! A bowl of plain lettuce is not exciting for anyone, but if you add other fresh and wholesome ingredients, you have a meal that will keep you full for hours.
Enter my Berry Basil Chicken Salad. I typically have all the ingredients on hand for this salad so it's easy to pull together in a snap. This recipe also includes a serving of homemade Lemon Basil dressing, because I HATE vinegar. Loath it. It makes me feel ill just to smell it. So for the acidic portion of the dressing I use lemon juice.
You have two easy options when it come to the chicken in this salad: use leftover chicken you have on hand or chop up roasted deli meat chicken (I love boar's head for our deli meat). It's not a quick meal if you have to prepare chicken to go on top. I used Boar's Head roasted chicken in mine.
1 1/2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 cup of mixed blueberries and sliced strawberries
3 oz of chopped chicken
1 Tbsp chopped pecans
Toss all ingredients together in a bowl with dressing (recipe below).
Lemon Basil Dressing:
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp dried basil
salt & pepper (to taste)