Kitty Bradshaw Cooks: 7 Layer Summer Salad

Photo Credit: Lauren Rubinstein

 

Purchase serving bowl here: Crate and Barrel

So this is my very first cooking post on the site.  I am not on celebrity chef status, but I know how to go in the kitchen and click some pots together to produce a meal. For the most part I will be posting recipes that I have been using for a lifetime; but occasionally  I will all be researching and experimenting. I will post my successes and tragedies here…. and sometimes ask you all for tips and advice.  Lastly, all of my recipes will be super easy utilizing items that can be easily found in any grocery store.  Personally, I hate when I watch cooking shows and they use a lot of exotic ingredients that are not easy to find, only found in high-end stores, or not on my continent, loll.

 

Today’s first recipe is a 7 Layer Summer Salad.  I chose this salad because when I am hot, I don’t like to eat.  New York is currently on its 4th heat wave and I need to replace light snacking with a smart meal that is not heavy.  This recipe is fully customizable! I will list seven ingredients that I am fond of in my salads…. as well as post some additional suggestions to give you an idea of where to take this salad.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

Raw Spinach

Cherry Tomatoes

Cooked Chicken Breast

Mango

Mozzarella

Strawberries

Honey Roasted Cashews (Crushed)

Salad Dressing

Note: You can use crab, lobster chunks, fish, turkey, prosciutto, tuna tartare,  bacon, almonds, any type of melon, any type of cheese, diced eggs, mixed greens, cucumbers. green or red onions, avocado, etc.

 

PREP

Depending on what ingredients you are using, you will be required to chop, dice, boil, or broil.

Disinfect your counter space down.  Wash and dry bowl.  Take your chicken breast and cut into pieces.  I am actually a fan of cutting my chicken into chunks and throwing those chunks in the blender, and putting it on a low setting that shreds the chicken down to the consistency of tuna.  Some people shred by hand, but my blender works just fine.

 

Base Layer: Spinach

2nd Layer: Cherry Tomatoes

3rd Layer: Shredded Chicken

4th Layer: Mango

5th Layer: Mozzarella

6th Layer: Strawberries

Note: if you finish with the layers and you find that you still have room in the bowl, start layers 1-6 over again.  The cashews should always be the top layers for garnish…. or if you are a cashew lover like me, you can add multiple layers of cashews.

7th Layer: Honey Roasted Cashews (Crushed)

 

In regards to salad… I am type weird when it comes to salad dressing.  If you ever catch me at a salad bar, I will be the person mixing dressing to create some sort of freaky combination.  Some days I am a Thai Peanut Butter Dressing, or Asian Ginger Sesame Dressing.  I think in the spirit I will just post a simple citrus vinaigrette dressing that anyone can make.

Citrus Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (Optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper

In a small jar with a tight-fitting cover, combine all of the ingredients. Cover and shake well until combined. To store, refrigerate for up to 1 week. Shake well before serving.

 

Well that’s all for this week… please let me know what you think of the recipe.  Also, if you decide to create your own version of this salad, please feel free to  send in your pictures.  I will post them on the site :)

Comments

  1. says

    What a delicious looking salad. You posted this at the perfect time for me. I’m eating light and healthier this week.

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha

  2. says

    I like your new addition to your site. ;-) I, too, like REALISTIC recipes (that don't taste horrible of course!) I think this looks & sound great. I'll have to give it a try.

  3. TheThirdandOnly says

    Sounds delish! We should have a Kitty Bradshaw/@TRAJKBoys culinary team up… I'm thinking Pomodoro or Bolognese!

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