Jun 10, 2014


  • Super bummed we missed the strawberry picking season this year. I called ahead last Friday, and the pickens were slim (she said) so we opted out since its a 45 minute drive to Southern Belle Farms for me. Its a little harder to get out there while the kids are still in school. But the start of summer brings the blueberries and black berries and we will be there with bells on! In preparation for the loads of berries we'll be gathering, I've been looking for some good recipes to sink our teeth into. Last year, I made this Berry Oat Cake and Blackberry Buttermilk Sherbet. And looking forward to trying my hand at some smoothie and jam making this summer. 
  • In the mean time I put this salad together for dinner the other night and it was SO YUM. A spin on a recipe from one of my Cooking Light mags. I'm always trying to find creative ways to use my leftover rotisserie chicken. And with the baked sweet potatoes made for a hearty and filling meal.

  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • Leftover Rotisserie Chicken
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups bagged baby spinach
  • Pomegranate Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries 
  • 1/2 thinly sliced then halved English Cucumber
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled blue cheese

  • 1. Heat a grill pan or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with olive oil. Sprinkle chicken with pepper and salt. Add chicken to pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until warm.
  • 2. Divide spinach evenly on each of 4 serving plates; drizzle evenly with Pomegranate Vinaigrette. Arrange chicken, onion, and blueberries evenly over spinach. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

  • for the DRESSING
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice 
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed orange juice
  • *Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir with a whisk until blended.

What do you like to do with your leftover rotisseries? Any berry recipes you can share?


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