So, this is (I think) the second salad recipe I've ever posted on the blog! It's not because we never eat salad, it's just that our salads are usually so boring that they're not worth posting on the blog. This berry chicken salad is definitely head and shoulders above the salads I usually make! This time of year, I'm always craving fresh fruit. Last week I found strawberries for $2.49/lb (boo yah!) and blueberries for $3.99/lb, and I knew this salad was meant to be. I always order berry salads whenever I find them on the menu at restaurants, and they are my favorite! I also whipped up some quick and easy candied almonds to make this salad extra special.
As a warning, these candied almonds are incredibly addictive, so be warned that you should probably make twice as many as you need if you want any of them to make it to your salad. I had never even thought of making them myself, but when I saw them on my friend Jamielyn's blog and realized how easy they were, I decided to give them a try. They were seriously so easy to make (although they do require a little supervision) and unbelievably delicious. They give the salad such a nice crunch, too!
This salad is perfect for a quick and easy lunch or a light dinner!
Berry Chicken Salad and Easy Candied Almonds
for the candied almonds:
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
for the salads:
spring mix or baby lettuce mix
chopped cooked chicken (I used rotisserie and added about 1/4 cup per salad)
strawberry poppyseed dressing
To make the candied almonds, add the almonds and sugar to a small skillet. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar begins to melt. Continue to stir constantly until all of the sugar is melted and coats the almonds. Remove from heat and toss with the cinnamon. Spread the almonds on a sheet of foil and allow them to cool completely before serving. To make the salads, layer spring mix, chicken, berries, and almonds, and top with dressing. Enjoy!
candied almond recipe via I Heart Naptime