Sunday, May 6, 2012

Garden to Table!

There is nothing more satisfying than eating what you grow, but it's a little early to be planning meals around what is growing in the garden.

 Even the quick growers are still in their infancy.




But, sooner than you think, I will be bringing in lettuce every day. I try to come up with some main course salads, and this is one of my favorites.


Apricot Salsa Grilled Chicken Salad



Salsa
2/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons sliced green onions
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
Salad
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb)
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
6 cups bite-size pieces mixed salad greens
Reserve 2 tablespoons of the orange juice; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, heat apricots and remaining orange juice to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 3 to 5 minutes or until most of the orange juice is absorbed. Cool 15 minutes. In small bowl, mix reserved 2 tablespoons orange juice, the preserves and oil. Stir in apricot mixture and remaining salsa ingredients.

Heat gas or charcoal grill. Brush chicken with oil; sprinkle with garlic salt. Place chicken on grill. Cover grill; cook over medium heat 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F). Cut chicken into 1/2-inch slices.

Divide salad greens among 4 plates. Top with chicken and salsa.



I hope you enjoy!


I'll be joining Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm

 On The Menu Monday at StoneGable

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

10 comments:

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Elaine,
This salad looks colorful, healthy and so delicious!
And just think how this will taste with your own garden salad!
Thank you for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY with such a beautiful addition!
I am a new follower!

allisamazing said...

The apricot salsa sounds delicious. I can't wait until I can bring things in from the garden.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That's a very pretty salad, love the salsa:@)

Robin said...

This looks yummy! Are you able to grow lettuce? What no rabbits in Colorado? My rabbits in NJ ate everything including my bedding flowers. Pretty table too!

Robin
Robin Flies South

Ingrid@morestylethancash said...

This looks wonderful! Can't wait to try it. Dropping by from Between Naps on the Porch

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I'm loving this salad as I eat them very often because I've been on a diet since January and your chicken salad is just perfect for me! Thank you for sharing, I also love the plates. Thanks for coming over and leaving me such lovely and kind coments.
FABBY

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Looks divine...thanks!

Diane said...

Mouth-watering!! I love grilled chicken salads - this one is beautiful, too!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

I love it and looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Wild Oak Designs said...

Looks very yummy! thanks for the recipe....isn't garden to table wonderful?? Such a sense of satisfaction!
Come for a visit....
Nancy
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com