Need a quick and light dinner, then you should try this … Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette drizzled over a Chicken Feta Salad!
This is good stuff and full of kick booty flavor!
We are talking a beautiful salad of mixed baby greens topped off with grilled, seared or rotisserie chicken, a good dose of feta cheese with a modest amount of spring onions and whole blackberries, then finally a generous bit of Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.
… All of which give it that certain je ne sais quoi.
You can use the Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette on any salad that suits your fancy, but since I’m a huge feta fan, this is one of my go to salads that I enjoy making often. As with many dressings and vinaigrette’s, you can also use it to marinate your chicken. Just add the chicken to a ziploc baggy, add in the vinaigrette and let it marinate in the refrigerator for several hours or over night. The chicken is best when grilled but baking or roasting works beautifully as well.
Happy “Salading” … why no, no that is not in Websters. 😉
For the Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette:
- 3/4 cup Olive Oil
- 2 Tbls Balsamic Vinegar
- 3/4 - 1 cup fresh Blackberries
- 2 Tbls Honey
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
For the Salad:
- 2 cups loosely packed Baby Spring Mix Lettuce
- 2 Chicken breast, grilled or pan seared then cut into bite size pieces (can also use a cooked Rotisserie Chicken from the deli)
- 1 - 2 Spring Onions, diced
- 1/4 cup Walnuts, toasted
- 1/2 cup fresh Blackberries
- Salt and Pepper to taste
For the Vinaigrette:
- Using a food processor, blender or blender stick, puree the all the ingredients for the Vinaigrette until smooth and slightly a thick dressing consistency. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
To Assemble Salad:
- Toast the nuts in a dry pan for 2 - 3 minutes or until just starting to smell fragrant.
- In your serving bowl, start with adding the Baby Spring Mix Lettuce the top it off with your cooked, chopped Chicken, Spring Onions, Blackberries, toasted Walnuts and Feta cheese.
- Drizzle the Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette, toss and serve.
Feel free to fix up your salads with your favorite goodies, raspberries and other fruits alone or mixed, with or without the chicken, your favorite toasted nuts, feta or goats cheese, your favorite lettuce blend.Vinaigrette can also be used to marinate chicken before grilling, pan searing or baking or rub it over a whole chicken then roast.
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.