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cherry_chicken_salad We have another salad sitch for you guys today! I love, love, love cherries and I’ve basically been eating this Sweet Cherry, Shredded Chicken and Mixed Greens Salad every other day for the past week. I really like this salad because there isn’t too much going on but it’s still very filling and totally flavor packed! While I really love the cherries in this salad I think the real star is the creamy poppy seed vinaigrette! It’s lightly creamy and tangy with a little texture from the poppy seeds…delicious! I also love this salad because it’s so easy to throw together and travels well, undressed! Enjoy! xx, Jenny
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Sweet Cherry, Shredded Chicken and Mixed Greens Salad with a Creamy Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Serves 2 to 4

Ingredients:
creamy poppy seed vinaigrette:
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons lightly crushed poppy seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

8 ounces mixed greens
12 sweet (bing) cherries, pitted and halved
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup cooked and shredded (boneless, skinless) chicken breast
1/2 avocado, shaved or thinly sliced
1/2 cup crumbled feta
cracked black pepper

Directions:
1. For creamy poppy seed vinaigrette: Place all ingredients, except oil, into a large mixing bowl and whisk together. While whisking, pour the oil into the mixture, in a slow and steady stream until completely incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.
2. To assemble: Top prepared vinaigrette with mixed greens, 1/2 the cherries, chicken, and quinoa and toss together. Top with remaining cherries, crumbled feta, shaved/thinly sliced avocado and cracked black pepper. Serve.

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  1. heather (delicious not gorgeous) Not Specified Not Specified

    there’s a poppy seed dressing that i love (can’t remember which brand but there’s a peach on the label), but haven’t been able to find it recently. can’t wait to try this one and see how it stacks up! they don’t quite seem the same (the other one is quite creamy), but this one sounds much lighter and more summer-appropriate (:

  2. Amanda Not Specified Not Specified

    I love cherries! I cant wait to try this

  3. Tori//Gringalicious Not Specified Not Specified

    Omg, the colors, the flavors, the whole thing, I’m loving it! This is a must try!

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