Monday, January 23, 2012

Garden Fresh Chicken and Black Bean Salad


Garden Fresh Chicken and Black Bean Salad recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen



Baby romaine and red leaf lettuces are the base for this vegetable-packed salad. Topped with chicken and black beans, then drizzled with a honey mustard poppyseed dressing, this salad made me very happy today! I might as well confess that I'm a bit obsessive about salad dressings. I tried three other versions before this one and this is a winner!

I went to the Farmer's Market this weekend and came home with so many great new vegetables to try! This week, in my CSA box from Chow Locally, I had Watermelon Radishes. Have you heard of them before? I hadn't. They are so pretty! I'm not normally a big fan of radishes, but these are different. The flavor is mild and almost sweet. As you can see from the picture below, they look like miniature slices of watermelon when you slice them.

Garden Fresh Chicken and Black Bean Salad recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


Garden Fresh Chicken and Black Bean Salad
(printable recipe)

Baby romaine lettuce, washed, dried and torn into bite size pieces
Red leaf lettuce, washed, dried and torn into bite size pieces
Sunburst tomatoes, sliced in half
Grape tomatoes, sliced in half
Cucumber, sliced thinly
Carrots, sliced thinly
Watermelon radish, sliced very thinly
Black beans - canned or pre-cooked, rinsed and well-drained
Chicken, diced into bite size pieces
Sunflower seeds

Adjust all ingredients according to taste. Layer onto plates as listed above. Drizzle with favorite salad dressing or try this Honey Mustard Poppyseed.

17 comments:

  1. The watermelon radish is unbelievable! I have never seen one. Did it taste like a regular radish, or was it more mild?

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  2. Wow - never heard of watermelon radishes - this salad looks so delicious and I actually have most of the ingredients - I'm SO looking forward to lunch!!
    mary x

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  3. Can't wait to see the poppyseed dressing! The salad sounds delish. I have never heard of a watermelon radish, but I love radishes so I would definitely have to try one.

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  4. What a beautiful salad! I'm looking forward to seeing your dressing recipe. I'm not familiar with watermelon radishes, but I'll be sure to look for them!

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  5. Oh, that watermelon radish is gorgeous! Actually, the whole salad is lovely. Perfect for a warm summer day.. which will be coming sooner than we think here in the desert!! :)

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  6. I'm not usually a fan of radishes either but those are too cute not to love! I can't wait to hear about that dressing...it sounds fantastic!

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  7. Nice looking salad Mary. Bev is a huge fan of meat on her salad.

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  8. Those radishes would be worth using just for the cute quotient!

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  9. How interesting Mary - my eyes immediately went to the radishes and I said to myself "what are those?" I've never seen them before! I am now hunting these beautiful vegetables - so I hope they are available in the east too! P.S. The muffin papers were made with 5x5 inch pieces of parchment paper. So easy and I just love them instead of muffin wrappers. Have a great week. Oh by the way - this sald looks so good. I could eat this everyday!

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  10. I love salads with mixed flavors like this. Looks delicious girl!

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  11. This is my kind of salad, I could live on this one. Very yummy!

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  12. This is a beautiful salad with lots of beautiful colours. The watermelon radishes are very cute!

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  13. This salad looks so refreshing. Thanks for sharing

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  14. Oh those radishes!!! They are gorgeous. I bet they are delicious. The salad looks amazing. Now I'm craving that for dinner.

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  15. A lot of colors and textures jammed into that one, it looks like my kind of salad - one that doesn't leave you hungry 1 hour later.

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