I have a friend that works at one of our local grocery stores. Last year he was telling about a salad that this store sells. I have had this salad in the back of mind for the past year and finally have gotten around to making it.
I did change it a little from how the store makes their salad, to match my taste and to what ingredients I had at my home. The salad features spring lettuce mixture, strawberries, blueberries, and chicken served with homemade blueberry vinaigrette. The stores salad uses Romaine lettuce, almonds, and raspberry vinaigrette along with the other ingredients that I mentioned. Either way this salad is scrumptious and healthy.
It has been only the last couple of years that I have been serving lettuce salads with fruit; the first time I was served this combination I was a little hesitant to try it, but I found that fruits pair very nicely with this type of salad. The blueberry vinaigrette that finishes off this salad is a simple one to make with only a few ingredients and it takes only a few minutes to make.
Very Berry Salad:
Ingredients per serving
2 to 4 cups lettuce (I used a spring mix)
1 to 2 strawberries sliced
1/4 to 1/2 sliced chicken (can be grilled, rotisserie, or whatever you prefer)
Optional slivered almonds
Wash and dry the lettuce, strawberries, and blueberries before tossing them together. Place all the ingredients on a plate and drizzle with blueberry vinaigrette (recipe to follow).
Blueberry Vinaigrette (Source: Clean Green Simple)
About 25 or so blueberries
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice (or even less, start with half that and add to taste) I used 1/8 teaspoon
Pinch of salt
Combine ingredients in a blender of food processor and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. This was enough vinaigrette for about 3 salads.