Our Favorite Salad Recipe! Citrus Cranberry Salad

 

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Do you ever get to that point where you feel a lack of creativity in the kitchen? There’s nothing like sharing recipes to put an end ho-hum meal boredom!  Last week we asked you to send in your favorite go-to recipes and WOW, what fun that was! 

For everyone that submitted a recipe, we put your name in a drawing for $100 shopping spree to Whole Foods Market.  We are thrilled to announce that Terri DiMartino won!  Terri sold her Des Moines home with us a few years ago and we have enjoyed hearing about her and her husband, Pete, in their new ventures since they recently retired.  

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Terri submitted this super easy salad recipe that comes together in just a few minutes.  She calls it her anniversary salad because they just celebrated their 9-year anniversary and they make this salad a few times a week.  We can understand why!  This salad adds a twist to your everyday salad and the variety of flavors make it anything but boring!  We especially loved that all the ingredients are winter-friendly, so even when produce is hard to come by in the coldest months, this salad will be an easy one to make! 

Terri says that the best part of this salad is that all the ingredients can be purchased at Costco, a fave shopping place for them.  But really, all these ingredients are easy to find at any basic grocery store, so we love that too. 



Citrus Cranberry Salad

Here is what you’ll need: 

  • 4 cups of Power or Super Greens (usually a mix of baby chard, kale, and spinach)

  • 1 chicken breast, cooked and cubed

  • 3 cutie oranges, peeled 

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries 

  • 1/2 cup pecans, lightly toasted and roughly chopped

  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

  • 1/2 cup of Walden Farms Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing 

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Just throw all the ingredients into a bowl, toss, then serve! 

The only work to this salad is cooking the chicken breast.  If you like to meal prep on the weekend, we found that it was super easy to bake, grill, or sauté a few chicken breasts ahead of time. Chop them up, put them in a storage container and VOILA! This salad pretty much comes together in 10 min or less.  

Here are a few other tips we noted: 

  • If you don’t have time to toast the pecans, they taste great raw, too! 

  • We didn’t find the Walden Farms Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette at the grocery store we went to, but we used Marie’s instead.  Pretty much any raspberry vinaigrette should do. 

  • Have fun with the chicken. Salt and pepper are just fine. But we threw some other herbs on it while cooking and it added an element of flavor.  Grilling would also be extra tasty! 

Another thing we loved about the salad is the color.  With the orange, cranberry, and bright greens, this salad is like a gem show!  It’s absolutely gorgeous and will add sparkle to your dining room table… that is if you can wait long enough to dig in! 

Confession time! After we filmed the video for this salad, we all grabbed forks, stood around the bowl, and went to town eating it right out of the communal salad bowl.  It was THAT GOOD!  

We hope you are inspired to try this at home.  Let us know if you do in the comments below!