Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Strawberry Dressing

 

Total Time: 40 mins

Servings:  4

Ingredients

  •     1 cup cut fresh asparagus, 1 inch pieces,steamed until crisp-tender
  •     1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
  •     2 tablespoons lemon juice
  •     4 cups european blend salad greens
  •     1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  •     1 1⁄2 cups sliced strawberries
  •     2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cooked and sliced crosswise
  •     salt and pepper
  •     1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped and toasted walnuts or 1⁄4 cup pine nuts
  •     Dressing
  •     5 fresh strawberries, halved lengthwise
  •     1 tablespoon orange juice
  •     2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  •     1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  •     1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
  •     1⁄2 teaspoon sugar

Directions

  1. Add lemon juice to a small bowl; dip avocado slices in lemon juice and set the avocado aside.
  2.  In a big salad bowl, add salad greens, asparagus, cucumber, avocado, 1 1/2 cup strawberries, and chicken; toss to combine.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Sprinkle with nuts.
  5. For dressing: add strawberries and orange juice to a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth; pour puree into a bowl.
  6.  Add remaining dressing ingredients; stir to combine.
  7. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat.
  8. Serve immediately.