Five Simple Summer Salads with Grilled Chicken

By Ashley Roe, Contributing Writer

Summer means longer days and fun in the sun. So slaving over a hot stove to cook dinner when it’s already warm outside doesn’t sound too appealing. There are a number of ways to have easy meals that don’t require a hot stove like using a crock-pot, grilling or meals that don’t require any cooking.

One of my favorite meals to make on days that I don’t want to do a lot of cooking or when it’s too warm outside is salad made with grilled chicken breast. I love how easy it is to throw a good meal together with just a few ingredients that I often have on hand anyway. It’s also a great way to use up leftover chicken or to make extra for this purpose.

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How to Prepare the Chicken

I think the best way to make chicken for salad is to grill it but you could also broil it in the oven or use an electric grill. To prepare, just spread a little olive oil on each side of the chicken breast pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then cook using whichever method you choose.

You can use other seasonings as well, just be sure to think about how it will go on the type of salad you decide to make. For example, spicy chicken wouldn’t go so well with more delicate flavors like a strawberry spinach salad but would be great for making a chicken taco salad.

If you’re not sure what you will do with all the chicken you cook or don’t want to think about adding other flavors, just stick with salt and pepper.

For more grilled chicken ideas try my grilled chicken fajitas or BBQ herb grilled chicken.

Five Simple Summer Salads

Now that you have your chicken ready, it’s time to throw a salad together. Here’s some ideas based on the kinds of salad I like to make. These aren’t true recipes, just ideas for you to try. Feel free to add as much or as little of each ingredient as you like or change it up to make your own!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

I first remember having strawberry spinach salad made by my mom but I never tried it with chicken until ordering it at a restaurant. Now it’s one of my favorite salads to make. I’ve also made a similar salad with other fruits like orange segments, pineapple, cherries and/or blueberries.

Ingredients: spinach, crisp cooked bacon – crumbled, feta cheese, sliced strawberries, toasted almond slices, chicken, poppyseed dressing.

BLT Salad

I actually started making this salad based off of a recipe on the back of a bag of croutons. I don’t think it originally had chicken but it is a good addition to the other ingredients in the salad.

Ingredients: romaine lettuce, crisp cooked bacon – crumbled, fresh sliced cherry or grape tomatoes (can also use larger tomatoes, just seed and dice into small chunks), shredded cheddar cheese, ranch dressing

Cobb Salad

Cobb salad is a classic! It’s also another one of my favorites that I often order when eating out and want a salad.

Ingredients: romaine lettuce, crisp cooked bacon – crumbled, diced avocado, sliced hard boiled egg, fresh sliced cherry or grape tomatoes (can also use larger tomatoes, just seed and dice into small chunks) chicken, dressing (creamy herb, ranch or blue cheese), blue cheese crumbles

Sundried Tomato Salad

This salad I threw together after picking up a bottle of sundried tomato dressing on a trip to Earth Fare one day. It sounded good and so I picked up a few things that I thought would go with it. It turned out great and so it’s another salad on the list.

Ingredients: kale and spinach blend, fresh sliced cherry or grape tomatoes (can also use larger tomatoes, just seed and dice into small chunks), feta cheese, sundried tomato dressing, avocado, chicken

Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad

I have my husband to thank for this one! I never would have thought I liked Cesar salad but after trying his homemade dressing, I have grown to love it. It tastes great as a plain Cesar salad but adding grilled chicken to make it a meal is even more delicious!

Ingredients: romaine lettuce, freshly grated parmesan cheese, croutons, freshly ground black pepper, chicken, Cesar dressing

More Salad Inspiration

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Grilled Chicken Fajitas

By Ashley Roe, Contributing Writer

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

My husband and I go through phases where we eat a lot of chicken. I buy the large packages of fresh chicken breasts whenever they go on sale so we tend to have at least a few pieces in the freezer. I like that it can be used so many different ways such as in soups, casseroles, sandwiches, stir fry and pastas. The possibilities are endless. It can even be prepared in many ways on it’s own; cooked and shredded, broiled, pan fried, oven baked, grilled.

My favorite way to eat chicken is definitely grilled. There is just something about marinating and grilling chicken that gives it the perfect flavor. My absolute favorite grilled chicken recipe is barbecue herb chicken but this fajita chicken takes a close second. It is especially great if you like a bit of a spicy flavor.

Typically fajitas are made by cooking strips of chicken in a pan on the stove. This is a bit different as the chicken is marinated and grilled before you cut it. If you don’t have a grill, you can broil the chicken or pan fry it, but the rest of the steps would remain the same.

A few notes about the recipe:
  • The recipe calls for two tablespoons of taco seasoning. I use a homemade blend that I mix up to have on hand. If you don’t have any you can use a store bought taco or fajita seasoning or check out this recipe for homemade taco seasoning.
  • You can use whatever kind of tortillas you like or even make your own which is actually quite easy to do.
  • I prefer to top mine with a little shredded cheese and sour cream, but that is totally optional. You can also substitute plain Greek yogurt for sour cream (you really can’t tell the difference!).
  • I serve these with beans and rice, a recipe that I created from items I had in my pantry that I now use whenever I make fajitas. I eat it as a side dish but my husband prefers to put some inside his tortilla.
  • I always put a few diagonal slits into my chicken before marinating. This helps the marinade soak into the chicken more and gives you some nice grill marks too.

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Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Yield: 4-6 servings

Author: Ashley Roe | www.joyfulthriftyhome.com

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons oil (canola or olive)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 small-medium bell peppers, sliced into strips
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 4-6 medium size tortillas

Directions

  1. Combine the first four ingredients into a large, resealable plastic bag. Mix well. Add chicken and toss around to evenly coat each piece. Let sit in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours.
  2. Cover one side of your grill with tin foil and place the vegetables on top of the foil.
  3. Lightly brush oil on the other side of the grill to prevent sticking. Turn grill on to medium heat and allow to warm up for a few minutes. Place chicken on the oiled side of the grill. Cook for about 12-15 minutes (or until the internal temperature reaches 165°), turning halfway through.
  4. While chicken is cooking, periodically toss the peppers and onions to ensure even cooking. Cook the vegetables until they are done to your preference.
  5. Let chicken rest for a few minutes then cut into slices.
  6. Fill each tortilla with desired amount of peppers, onions and any other toppings.

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Delightful Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cupcake Bites ~ Recipe & Tutorial

If you have been living under a rock for the past few years then you may not have had the pleasure to taste these wonderful Cupcake Bites or the more popular version, the Cake Pop.

I prefer the look and feel of the Cupcake Bites as opposed to the Cake Pops, but essentially they are the same thing.

If you have not tried to make these for yourself yet, then make it a priority. Many people think it’s hard to make these and that they need one of those fancy shmanshy Cake Pops makers.

Which by all means you can get if you want to speed up the process. BUT the inside turns into a round ball of cooked cake instead of the super moist and delicious cooked cake mixed with frosting which makes these truly of another world!

I end up having to make new batches of these for every holiday and occasion. Visit Bakerella who of course made these so popular. She has many fabulous recipes and a step by step tutorial on how to make these.

My two favorite kinds of Cupcake Bites are the Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bites which are perfect for Valentine’s Day and Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites which I love making for Thanksgiving and any time during the Fall. The following pictures are of the chocolate peanut butter bites.

 

Valentine's Day CupCake Bites
These Cupcake bites are the perfect Valentine’s Day present.
They are also a fun treat to make for Easter ~
Easter Cupcake Bites
Easter Cupcake Bites
4th of July Cupcake Bites

4th of July CupCake Bites

{My personal favorite} Thanksgiving/Fall CupCake Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Bites

*Re-posted from Feb. 7, 2012.

Scrumptious Snickerdoodles Recipe {Autumn Favorites}

This is one of my favorite recipes of all time! These Snickerdooodles are so simple and easy to make. A great recipe to make for a party or for having people over. I love making a batch of these and eating them with a cup of hot tea :)

You can find more fall recipes and desserts during our Autumn Favorites series.

Note: Recipe adapted from Comfy in the Kitchen.

Crockpot Caramel Apple Cider Recipe {Autumn Favorites}

My Autumn Favorites just wouldn’t be compete without an apple cider recipe! I love apple cider and my family loves the occasional treat of Caramel Apple Cider!

The best part is, you can make this in the crockpot. It makes such a lovely smell in the house and is a wonderful treat on a cold fall day. I also love making Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the crockpot! So easy and so yummy.

This is the perfect drink to make for a holiday, get together or party! Plus it will make your house smell AMAZING for your guests :)