This is a recipe that I created for the BC Association of Farmer’s Market website. It is a great way to make use of fresh raspberries while they are in season.

Raspberry vinaigrette: (other berries can be substituted)

  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey, maple syrup, or sugar
  • Salt and pepper

Blend the raspberries, vinegar, shallot and honey in a blender or food processor. Slowly blend in the oil to make a dressing of a smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 1 cup of dressing.

The Vegetables, Cheese, and Nuts:

  • greens of choice, washed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • sliced cucumbers
  • sliced sweet peppers
  • chopped nuts (pecans, cashews, almonds, or hazelnuts)
  • feta cheese, crumbled (soft, un-ripened goat’s cheese also works well)
  • fresh basil

The Chicken:

Chicken cooked in any way works well here. You can grill chicken breasts on the barbeque, bake them in the oven, or fry them with a bit of olive oil. The chicken can be added to the salad warm or cold (cooked chicken can be stored in the fridge 3-4 days, covered).

To bake: Rub boneless, skinless chicken breasts with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350°F until cooked (the center will no longer be clear. This will take about 25 minutes depending on the size of the breast). Slice into bite-sized pieces.

The Final Salad:

Toss the greens with a desired amount of raspberry vinaigrette. Add sliced veggies. Top with chicken, sliced veggies, fresh raspberries, feta or goat’s cheese, chopped nuts and chopped fresh basil.

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