Chicken, Raisin, and Apple Salad with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

I’m a big fan of salad for dinner.  I’m also a big fan of apples in my salad, so when I bought a bag of Dole Mediterranean salad mix and saw that the people at Dole recommended tossing it with herbed chicken, apples, raisins, and a creamy sun-dried tomato dressing, I was beyond intrigued.

It was a rainy day, so rather than grilling the chicken as the bag of salad suggested, I made an herb crust with breadcrumbs and seasonings and baked it in the oven.  All combined, the chicken, apples, raisins, and dressing really worked well.  The dressing is creamy and flavorful and I would definitely make it again.  It counteracted the sweetness of the raisins and apples and complemented the chicken so well, it’s been a few days since we had this salad and we’re still talking about it!

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Chicken, Raisin, Apple Salad with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

Ingredients:

for the dressing:

  • 1/4 C. light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C. sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

for the chicken:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise (butterflied)
  • 1/2 C. breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

to finish:

  • 1/2 C. raisins
  • 1 large red delicious apple, diced
  • 1 bag Dole Mediterranean salad mix

Directions:

To make the dressing, put all dressing ingredients into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade (or a blender) and pulse until creamy.  Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

To make the chicken, heat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a shallow dish, combine the breadcrumbs, parsley, rosemary and oregano.

Dip the chicken into the beaten egg, shake off excess, and dip it into the breadcrumb mixture.

Place the chicken onto a baking sheet and repeat until all chicken is breaded.

Bake the chicken for twenty minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and chicken is cooked through.

To put the salad together, place the lettuce mix on a platter or in a large bowl.

Scatter the apples and raisins over the lettuce mix, and then top with the chicken.

Serve the dressing on the side, or on top of the salad if desired.

Makes 4 (dinner-sized) servings.

Source: Dole salads

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