when I leave the farmer alone for the weekend I generally try to have something in the fridge for him to eat…  now don’t get all feminist on me…  when he leaves me alone for a weekend he makes sure the water in the cistern is full, that the oil in my vehicle is changed and everything around the house is running properly…

so this is more of a thank you for that so I’ll make you a salad that you can eat every day until you are sick of it…

this is a salad I use to take out to the farmers during seeding or harvest and is one of my favourites…  it would be great to make on a Sunday and then have it in your lunch for Monday and Tuesday…

it starts with marinading some chicken breasts…  which is super easy to do and adds a lot of flavour to the chicken and the salad…

peanut chicken marinade

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp minced ginger (or from a can)
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • zest of an orange
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut in half)

Directions:

  • whisk the marinade ingredients together
  • in a large ziploc bag, place the chicken
  • pour in the marinade, seal the bag and squish the chicken around with the marinade
  • put in a glass dish and into the fridge for 2 hours, flipping once in that time
  • if you are rushed, you can only marinade it for 20 minutes and never longer than 2 hours
  • bbq the chicken

  
bbq’ing the chicken is the best way to go for flavour…

the salad is simple to make as well and if you aren’t opposed to shopping at Costco, their Feta cheese is the best I’ve ever tasted…

not that I go around to Feta cheese tastings, but it is delicious…

 

I also cheat a bit with the ginger…  if I know I am making this salad and am gong to a grocery store I’ll use fresh ginger…  but I always keep a jar of it in my fridge in case I just want to make it and don’t want to drive 45 minutes to get ginger…


zesty chicken salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp lime juice (usually around 2 limes)
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 4-5 chicken breasts, bbq’d and cut into slices
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 10 oz snow peas, sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup Feta cheese, diced

Directions:

  • in a shaker, combine dressing ingredients and shake till combined
  • in a bowl, combine salad ingredients
  • pour dressing over and combine gently
  • this salad keeps for a few days in the fridge nicely

this salad is fantastic fresh and is also delicious the next day or day after in the fridge…  a great salad to take to work with you for lunch… or to leave for a farmer when you are gone for three days…