Summer salads for quick and easy dinners are as essential as sunscreen. Whether you’re headed for a picnic, a day at the beach or need something to toss together after work that keeps you away from a hot stove, this rotisserie chicken and blueberry spinach salad is it. Flavorful chicken partners with tart blueberries to keep flavors bright, and a mixture of textures keep it interesting. It’s a bit like the old favorite, garbage salad. Pull it together with a tangy Dijon mustard vinaigrette.
Rotisserie Chicken and Blueberry Spinach Salad Recipe
16 oz package fresh spinach, pre-washed
4 whole rotisserie chicken breasts, (about 2 lbs) diced (from your grocery deli)
1 16 oz package blueberries, rinsed
1/3 lb mushrooms, ends trimmed and sliced
1 each red and yellow pepper, seeded, cored and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 bunch radishes, greens removed, quartered
4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 can navy beans, rinsed and drained
2 T Dijon mustard
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
3 T pepitas or sunflower seeds
Combine spinach through navy beans in large bowl. Whisk mustard, oil and vinegar in separate small bowl. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Just before serving, toss salad with dressing, adjusting amount of dressing to taste. Sprinkle with pepita seeds.
Serve with oven-warmed crusty bread, or blueberry muffins.
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