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Marinated Feta Greek Salad

Marinated Feta Greek Salad

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A traditional Greek salad gets a facelift! This marinated feta greek salad packs a flavor punch! Start by grabbing a hunk of feta and marinating it with olive oil, garlic, and herbs until it’s extra flavorful. Then, we’ll use the feta in the salad and the oil in the dressing! So delicious and so easy!

Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

So fresh and so colorful!

Greek salads are nothing new. They’ve been done again and again, but not like this.

This one here is a marinated feta greek salad. As if we take a hunk of feta, dice it up, and throw it into a jar with olive oil, red pepper flakes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, herbs (basically anything you like) and let it hang around for a few days or up to two weeks and allow the flavors to really seep into the feta cheese. And once the feta soaks up all that goodness, we’ll drain it. And don’t you worry, we aren’t wasting a drop of that precious EVOO! We’ll save the oil for an amazing red wine vinaigrette that you can make with just four simple ingredients.

I’m telling you, once you make a marinated feta Greek salad, you’re never making it the regular old way again.

Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

Fruity olive oil and summery herbs are where this salad all begins. Now, of course, you can make an even bigger batch of marinated feta and serve it as an appetizer or as part of a summer cheeseboard too. Marinating feta is a beautiful little way of making it taste even better, and there isn’t just one way of serving this.

The best part is, the marinated feta demands that you make it in advance, making it ideal for prepping ahead of time for dinner parties and such. And trust me, a marinated feta Greek salad will definitely wow those dinner guests for sure.

Marinated-anything just makes it sound super fancy!

Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE MARINATED FETA GREEK SALAD?

  • cherry tomatoes
  • cucumbers (Persian or hothouse)
  • green bell pepper
  • red onions
  • kalamata olives
  • garbanzo beans
  • marinated feta
  • dressing

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE MARINATED FETA?

  • fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc.)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • greek-style feta cheese
  • crushed red pepper flakes 

Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

WHAT OTHER INGREDIENTS WOULD ADD FLAVOR TO MARINATED FETA?

  • whole cloves of garlic 
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • peppercorns
  • bay leaves
  • kalamata olives

WHAT’S IN THE MARINATED FETA GREEK SALAD DRESSING?

  • olive oil from the marinated feta
  • dried oregano
  • Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • red wine vinegar

Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

HOW TO MAKE THE MARINATED FETA FOR THE GREEK SALAD:

Making the marinated feta for this Greek salad is really easy!

  1. dice the feta into small cubes
  2. add the feta to an airtight container (preferably glass) with a tight-fitting lid
  3. the add-ins (herbs, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes, etc.)
  4. Pour the olive oil on top
  5. Cover and store

HOW DO YOU STORE THE FETA CHEESE WHILE IT’S MARINATING?

  • I’ve read up on this quite a bit, and though lots of sources say that it will be fine to store at room temperature for 24 hours if all of the feta is completely submerged in the olive oil, I still recommend refrigerating as the feta marinates. For this reason, the flavors to take a little longer to develop because of the cooler temperatures. Marinated feta on day four will most definitely taste much better than marinated feta from day two. 
  • TIP: You’ll want to remove the marinated feta from the refrigerated about 30 minutes-2 hours before using it in a salad. You want the olive oil to come back to a liquid state. It solidifies when it sits in the refrigerator at such a cold temperature.

Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

WHAT DO I DO WITH THE LEFTOVER OLIVE OIL?

Make tons of salad dressing! You can pretty much use it anywhere where you’d use extra virgin olive oil – make vinaigrettes, toss with pasta, or in a bean salad.

WHAT CAN I SERVE THIS MARINATED FETA GREEK SALAD WITH?

  • Greek marinated chicken
  • lemon rosemary chicken
  • garlic butter skillet steak and shrimp
  • roasted herb butter spatchcock chicken
  • restaurant style beef shawarma
  • garlic lemon butter chicken
  • beef shawarma bowls with vermicelli rice
  • garlic butter chicken with mozzarella
  • Persian chicken kebabs

OTHER WAYS TO USE CHICKPEAS THIS SUMMER?

  • instant pot hummus
  • seven layer chickpea shawarma dip
  • Moroccan chickpea power salad
  • smashed chickpea green goddess sandwiches
  • chipotle chicken stew with chickpeas and kale
  • homemade falafel

Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

Marinated Feta Greek Salad

A traditional Greek salad gets a facelift! This marinated feta greek salad packs a flavor punch! Start by grabbing a hunk of feta and marinating it with olive oil, garlic, and herbs until it’s extra flavorful. Then, we’ll use the feta in the salad and the oil in the dressing! So delicious and so easy!

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Ingredients:

Marinated Feta:

  • ½-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 sprig of EACH: rosemary, thyme, AND oregano
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (or enough to cover all of the feta)
  • 5-6 ounces Greek feta, cut into small pieces

Greek Salad:

  • 1-pint cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

Vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup EVOO (drained from marinated feta)
  • 1 teaspoon EACH: dried oregano AND Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: salt AND black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Directions:

  1. MARINATED FETA: add the cubed feta, rosemary spring, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes to a glass storage container (one that has a tight-fitting lid) then pour the olive oil over the top. You might need additional olive oil to cover the feta completely, it just depends on the size of your container. Cover the container with the lid and allow the feta to sit in the refrigerator for 1-14 days. Be sure to allow the marinated feta to come to room temperature for 30 minutes – 2 hours so the oil liquifies before you remove the feta.
  2. VINAIGRETTE: Add the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a glass jar (one that had a lid.) Screw on the cap and give it a good shake. Taste and adjust with additional seasonings as desired.
  3. SALAD: When ready to serve, add all the ingredients for the salad, along with the drained marinated feta to a large bowl. Drizzle half the dressing and toss the salad. Taste and adjust with additional dressing as desired. Allow the salad to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes:

  1. leftover EVOO from the marinated feta can be used to make additional salad dressing, or toss it with pasta!
  2. There are tons of other ingredients you can use to marinate the feta, check the post for other ideas!

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Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

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Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce

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Creamy spinach artichoke stuffed salmon doused in a homemade lemon butter sauce! This summer food that’s fancy enough to serve dinner guests but takes no time at all to whip up!

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce - An easy yet fancy dinner that's quick enough to prepare for weeknights and fancy enough to serve company! The lemon butter sauce is truly to-die-for! #stuffedsalmon #searedsalmon #salmonrecipes #ketorecipes #keto #ketodinner #salmonrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

Hello there!

I’m still here! I haven’t disappeared. A small Memorial Day break snowballed into a week-long hiatus for me. There are a ton of things going on behind the scenes at the moment. Things I want to share with you, but I feel it would be premature to do so now. So let’s give it a month, and I hope that by then I’ll be able to tell you more about why I’ve been so MIA! 

But I’m here now; I’m back! And I’ve got a spinach artichoke stuffed salmon recipe that is sure to be a go-to summer meal! We’re talking about fresh salmon filets that you can get your fishmonger at the grocery store to make for you if you ask nicely, stuffed with a creamy spinach artichoke dip and then pan seared and doused in homemade garlicky lemon butter sauce and oh my lanta!

This is one of the best ways I’ve ever made salmon!

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce - An easy yet fancy dinner that's quick enough to prepare for weeknights and fancy enough to serve company! The lemon butter sauce is truly to-die-for! #stuffedsalmon #searedsalmon #salmonrecipes #ketorecipes #keto #ketodinner #salmonrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

Salmon is a staple at our house! It’s a fatty omega-3 + Vitamin B 12 loaded powerhouse of a protein that takes no time to whip up at all Ideal for weeknight dinners, you see? And there are just so many ways to make salmon that you could serve it every night of the week and not repeat the same recipe twice.

Our personal favorite: my garlic butter baked salmon in foil. The sauce that I use in that recipe is the same one we’re using today. But it’s a whole lot fancier because our salmon is stuffed with creamy spinach and artichoke first.

Other ways we love serving salmon: Seattle-style salmon chowdah, baked firecracker salmon, spicy miso glazed salmon, pan seared salmon with lemon cream sauce, chili lime salmon, but also with crunchy lemon pepper. 

And, well, I think you get the idea!

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce - An easy yet fancy dinner that's quick enough to prepare for weeknights and fancy enough to serve company! The lemon butter sauce is truly to-die-for! #stuffedsalmon #searedsalmon #salmonrecipes #ketorecipes #keto #ketodinner #salmonrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE STUFFED SALMON?

  • large salmon filets
  • olive oil
  • spinach artichoke dip (homemade or store-bought)
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • lemon juice
  • cold butter
  • minced garlic
  • red pepper flakes

WHAT KIND OF SALMON WORKS BEST WHEN YOU’RE MAKING STUFFED SALMON?

I suggest purchasing fresh salmon for this recipe so that we can get the salmon to sear beautifully on both sides. Frozen salmon would also work, but you would need to defrost it first, then you’d want to pat it dry entirely. Even after all of that, keep in mind that frozen salmon, unfortunately, just won’t get that same beautiful sear as fresh salmon will. So I really suggest going with fresh if you can for this recipe.

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce - An easy yet fancy dinner that's quick enough to prepare for weeknights and fancy enough to serve company! The lemon butter sauce is truly to-die-for! #stuffedsalmon #searedsalmon #salmonrecipes #ketorecipes #keto #ketodinner #salmonrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST SPINACH ARTICHOKE STUFFED SALMON

  1. Make sure the salmon sits at room temperature for 15-30 minutes before starting. This is really important and keeps the salmon from shrinking and curling when you sear it! Then, brush the salmon with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper.
  2. Start by making a slit in the thickest part of the salmon. I suggest doing this with a paring knife and very carefully cutting the salmon until you get a pocket between the two searing surfaces of the salmon.
  3. Stuffed the prepared spinach artichoke mixture into the pouch and gently use the paring knife to push the filling in further but we careful not to go through to the other side. 
  4. Heat the olive oil in a pan and gently sear the salmon for roughly 5-7 minutes per side.

CAN I BUY READY MADE SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP OR DO I HAVE TO MAKE IT MYSELF?

Absolutely! I love making this with leftover spinach and artichoke dip but if you don’t happen to have any on hand, feel free to grab ready-made dip! You could even use the jalapeño artichoke variety if you like that sort of thing!

CAN I  MAKE STUFFED SALMON IN THE AIR FRYER?

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t own an air fryer (gasp! I know, I’m probably the last person ever) but I do think that this could easily be made in the air fryer. Keep in mind that this is purely based on researched and that I haven’t tried it myself so actual cooking times may vary by a couple of minutes here or there. But I suggest air frying the salmon at 385-390ºF for roughly 6-8 minutes. You won’t need to flip the fish at all in the air fryer so be sure to place it skin side down. Also, be generous with cooking spray or brush with olive oil using a pastry brush.

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HOW TO MAKE THE LEMON BUTTER SAUCE TO GO WITH STUFFED SALMON

The lemon butter sauce is really easy to make, but it tastes like something you’d get in a fancy restaurant. Heres how to make it: 

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the lemon juice and minced garlic, allow the lemon juice to reduce to 2 tablespoons. 
  2. Add in 1 tablespoon of butter, remove the pan from heat and swirl, so the butter starts to melt. Place back on the heat for a few seconds, removed and continue to swirl until the butter completely melts. 
  3. Repeat with the remaining butter, one tablespoon of butter at a time. When butter is completely melted, remove sauce from stove; set aside for later or you can also just place it on a simmer burner on the lowest setting if you’d like to keep it warm for serving.

DO I HAVE TO SERVE THIS WITH LEMON BUTTER SAUCE?

Nope! If you want to go a lighter route, you can simply season the salmon with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and a pinch of cayenne along with the salt and pepper and skip the lemon butter sauce altogether! 

WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST SERVING WITH STUFFED SALMON?

My roasted Brussel sprouts! But also, steamed asparagus, southern buttermilk biscuits, rosemary focaccia, cheddar mashed potatoes, instant pot mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, steamed rice, butter egg noodles or a simple salad and pull-apart garlic bread! 

I hope you’ll give this easy stuffed salmon recipe a go! It’s truly delicious enough to serve company!

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Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce

Creamy spinach artichoke stuffed salmon doused in a homemade lemon butter sauce! This summer food that’s fancy enough to serve dinner guests but takes no time at all to whip up!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus more)
  • ½ cup prepared spinach artichoke dip (homemade or store-bought)
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tablespoons EACH: lemon juice AND cold butter (cubed)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. PREP THE SALMON: Make sure the salmon filets have sat at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before starting. Brush the salmon filets with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a big pinch of black pepper on each of the fillets (making sure to season both sides.) 
  2. MAKE THE FILLING: place the prepared spinach artichoke dip in a bowl and combine with the shredded mozzarella cheese, set aside.
  3. STUFF IT: Using a small paring knife, cut a thin pocket in the thickest portion of the filet, taking care not to go all the way through to the other side. The slit should be large enough to easily fit a tablespoon. Take the filling and fill each of the filets with roughly 2 tablespoons of the prepared dip. If it doesn’t go in all the way, use the paring knife to help push it in without ripping through the other side.
  4. LEMON GARLIC SAUCE: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the lemon juice and minced garlic, allow the lemon juice to reduce to 2 tablespoons. Add in 1 tablespoon of butter, remove the pan from heat and swirl so the butter starts to melt. Place back on the heat for a few seconds, removed and continue to swirl until the butter completely melts. Repeat with the remaining butter, one tablespoon of butter at a time. When butter is completely melted, remove sauce from stove; set aside for later. You can also just place it on a simmer burner on the lowest setting if you’d like to keep it warm.
  5. SEAR THE SALMON: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a swish of olive oil to the skillet. Gently lower the salmon filets into the skillet and let cook for 5-7 minutes on each side. It’s difficult for me to tell you exact cooking time as this depends on the thickness of the fillet. The salmon should gently spring back when pressed with the index finger and be flakey. For best results, use a fish turner (affiliate link) to flip the fish. Brush or pour the prepared lemon garlic sauce over the salmon and serve warm with roasted brussels sprouts, steamed asparagus, or broccoli!

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Easy Guacamole Salad

Easy Guacamole Salad

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 Everyone’s favorite guacamole dip becomes a salad. My deconstructed guacamole salad is sure to be a hit with everyone this summer. Perfect for potlucks, parties, and summer barbecues! So yummy and so easy!

Easy Guacamole Salad - turn everyone's favorite dip into a salad! This avocado salad is sure to be a hit with everyone at potlucks, barbecues, or parties this summer! #summersalad #guacamole #guacamolesalad #deconstructedguacamolesalad #avocadosalad #tomatoavocadosalad | Littlespicejar.com

Guacin’ and rollin’ today!

It’s the best day ever; my favorite dip has become a salad! This chunky, bite-sized deconstructed guacamole salad is sure to be on repeat in our house this summer. Think about it: buttery diced avocados, minced onions, generous sprinklings of cilantro, and bright, juicy tomatoes. All my favorite summer produce tossed in a bowl and served drizzled with a cumin-lime dressing.

But also, how good would a guacamole salad be with crushed tortilla chips added in there? Or wait, even better – you can use tortilla chips as a utensil. Okay, I digress. Consider this permission for us all to eat guacamole salad as a chunky guacamole dip.

I’m not mad about that.

Easy Guacamole Salad - turn everyone's favorite dip into a salad! This avocado salad is sure to be a hit with everyone at potlucks, barbecues, or parties this summer! #summersalad #guacamole #guacamolesalad #deconstructedguacamolesalad #avocadosalad #tomatoavocadosalad | Littlespicejar.com

Guacamole is an essential food group for me.

Basically, anything with avocado is a go in my book. So one evening when I was putting dinner together and had a craving from guac (but really, when do I not) I chopped up a few avocados, plum tomatoes, through in some cilantro leaves and minced onions. That’s when I knew that what I deemed the best salad in the world was, in fact, a deconstructed guacamole salad.

Easy Guacamole Salad - turn everyone's favorite dip into a salad! This avocado salad is sure to be a hit with everyone at potlucks, barbecues, or parties this summer! #summersalad #guacamole #guacamolesalad #deconstructedguacamolesalad #avocadosalad #tomatoavocadosalad | Littlespicejar.com

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE GUACAMOLE SALAD?

  • large Haas avocados
  • plum tomatoes (cherry tomatoes will work too)
  • minced red onions
  • cilantro leaves

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE GUACAMOLE SALAD DRESSING?

  • olive oil
  • freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ground cumin
  • garlic
  • minced or grated jalapeño or serrano pepper
  • big pinch of salt + a shake of cayenne pepper

Easy Guacamole Salad - turn everyone's favorite dip into a salad! This avocado salad is sure to be a hit with everyone at potlucks, barbecues, or parties this summer! #summersalad #guacamole #guacamolesalad #deconstructedguacamolesalad #avocadosalad #tomatoavocadosalad | Littlespicejar.com

HOW WE MAKE GUACAMOLE SALAD:

  1. Combine the ingredients for the salad dressing in a mason jar or a bowl with a whisk, set aside.
  2. Chop avocados and tomatoes. Mince the onions, and clean the cilantro leaves. 
  3. Add all the chopped components in a bowl and toss with the dressing. DONE.

I’M WORRIED MY GUACAMOLE SALAD IS GOING TO BE TOO SPICY, HOW CAN I MAKE IT MILD?

You can make my guacamole salad as mild as you like! Here are a few ways how:

  • omit the grated jalapeños or serranos
  • leave out the cayenne pepper all together
  • don’t use cayenne pepper or the grated jalapeno peppers, swap it all out for black pepper instead

Easy Guacamole Salad - turn everyone's favorite dip into a salad! This avocado salad is sure to be a hit with everyone at potlucks, barbecues, or parties this summer! #summersalad #guacamole #guacamolesalad #deconstructedguacamolesalad #avocadosalad #tomatoavocadosalad | Littlespicejar.com

WHAT CAN I SERVE GUACAMOLE SALAD WITH?

  • chicken carnitas
  • chicken fajitas
  • steak fajitas
  • steak fajita bowls
  • ancho chicken tacos
  • and basically with anything you’d serve guacamole with!

OTHER WAYS TO USE AVOCADOS THIS SUMMER:

  • Mexican shrimp cocktail stuffed avocados
  • 5-minute creamy avocado dip
  • Avocado shrimp salad with citrus dressing
  • Mexican street corn salad
  • Creamy guacamole dip
  • Healthy Texas cowboy caviar
  • Black bean tomato avocado salad
  • Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Cilantro Sauce
  • Street Corn Rice Salad with Avocados

Serious question: Is it obvious I realllllly love avocados? 

This deconstructed guacamole salad has summer 2019 written all over it. ✅

Easy Guacamole Salad - turn everyone's favorite dip into a salad! This avocado salad is sure to be a hit with everyone at potlucks, barbecues, or parties this summer! #summersalad #guacamole #guacamolesalad #deconstructedguacamolesalad #avocadosalad #tomatoavocadosalad | Littlespicejar.com

Easy Guacamole Salad with Cumin-Lime Dressing

Everyone’s favorite guacamole dip becomes a salad. My deconstructed guacamole salad is sure to be a hit with everyone this summer. Perfect for potlucks, parties, and summer barbecues! So yummy and so easy!

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Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 3 large Haas avocados, peeled, pits removed, diced
  • 6-7 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • ⅓ cup EACH: minced red onions AND cilantro leaves

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoon EACH: olive oil AND lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated or minced
  • ¼ jalapeno (or serrano) pepper, grated
  • pinch of salt + cayenne pepper (or black pepper to keep it mild)

Directions:

  1. DRESSING: Add the ingredients for the dressing in a mason jar (one that has a lid) or in a bowl. Whisk the ingredients for the dressing together or screw on the lid and give it a good shake until combined. Taste and adjust salt and spice to taste!
  2. GUACAMOLE SALAD: Add the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl. Drizzle half of the prepared dressing on top and stir to combine. Taste and adjust with more dressing if desired. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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Crispy Chicken Salad with Sriracha Honey BBQ Dressing

Crispy Chicken Salad with Sriracha Honey BBQ Dressing

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Learn how to make a crispy chicken salad that’s drizzled with sriracha honey bbq dressing! The chicken tenders are perfectly juicy and tender on the inside with that crispy panko crust on the outside. You’ll love this easy crispy chicken salad!

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And we’re kickin’ Monday off with a crispy chicken salad!

Here’s the salad I shared with you guys on Instagram last week and promised that it was coming very soon.

  1. It’s fresh.
  2. Homemade crispy chicken tenders.
  3. It’s loaded with dressing.
  4. I’m pretty sure it’ll please even the significant others that don’t care for salads.

What I love about this salad is that it defies the general norms of what we think of when we think salad. You know, greens, low-calorie toppings, grilled chicken, shrimp or fish. Ours is a whole different beast. It starts with homemade breaded chicken tenders. Load a bed of romaine up with sliced avocados, a few sun-ripened cherry tomatoes, and a few shavings of red onions for a kick. Then comes the fun part. A generous (maybe a little too generous sometimes) drizzle of my homemade sriracha honey bbq dressing. Just like that, you have a homemade crispy chicken salad that tastes better than anything you’d get at a fast food restaurant.

It’s a real salad, for real people who are feeling really burnt out on salads. You feelin’ my drift here?

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Lunches and dinners seem to get boring around here sometimes. We keep things light around lunchtime with a salad of some sort, but when you make the conscious decision to have salads for lunch 365 days out of the year, they seem to feel pretty monotonous, day in and day out. So to liven things up a little bit, I decided we needed a crispy chicken salad topped with sriracha honey bbq dressing. And guess what?

It did the trick.

This salad is not only so satisfying from all those crispy chicken chunks, but it’s also loaded with the most addicting dressing! A little iceberg lettuce for crunch. A handful of sliced almonds. Anees asks for the sriracha honey bbq dressing to be made on the regular. I wholeheartedly concur. We both could put it on just about everything!

It’s seriously the perfect balance of spice, sweet, and smoky bbq goodness.

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Crispy Chicken Salad with Sriracha Honey BBQ Dressing - homemade crispy chicken tenders tossed with all your favorite salad toppings and drizzled with homemade sriracha honey bbq dressing! So good it's sure to become a family favorite! #crispychickensalad #chickfilasauce #honeybbqchickensalad #salad | Littlespicejar.com

Let’s make the Sriracha Honey Mustard Dressing for our Crispy Chicken Salad:

  • The sriracha honey mustard dressing plays a two-part roll. First, it flavors the chicken tenders as they hang out in the buttermilk. And second, we’ll use the remaining sauce as the dressing on our salad. 
  • To make the dressing, grab your favorite bbq sauce, honey, sriracha, mustard, mayonnaise, and apple cider vinegar. Then just combine it all in a bowl with a whisk, no need to get the blender out or anything! 
  • Have you ever used mayonnaise to marinate meat or poultry? If not, you’re in for a big surprise! It’s something that I picked up from my mom, and it’s the most essential ingredient in her homemade Persian chicken kebabs. The mayo tenderizes the chicken to the point where it just melts in your mouth. Holy deliciousness! Since then, I’ve been using it in my grilled chicken marinade and the tenders for today’s crispy chicken salad.
  • My sriracha honey mustard dressing is just like the sauce you get at Chick Fil A; only you can make it anytime you want, including Sundays! 🙂 

Putting the ‘crispy’ in crispy chicken salad

There are a few different ways to make sure that your chicken is super crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Here are some tips for success:

  • Don’t fry chicken cold from the fridge: If you’re marinating the chicken for a quick 30 minutes, this won’t be a problem, but if you’re letting it hang out in the refrigerator overnight, make sure you’re not frying the chicken straight from the refrigerator. You’ll want it to hang out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before dredging it and frying
  • Use a cast iron skillet: my cast iron skillet (affiliate link) is one of my favorite kitchen workhorses. A thick skillet will retain the heat and fry the chicken more evenly, so you don’t need a deep fryer for this recipe. In fact, I almost encourage you not to ever get one!
  • Use a meat thermometer: When you’re frying the chicken tenders, make sure they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Investing in a digital meat thermometer (affiliate link) will take the guesswork out of it! Just insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken (making sure only to go ½ way through) and let the thermometer read it for you. The chicken tenders will take anywhere from 5-9 minutes to cook all the way through depending on the thickness.
  • Don’t use an oil that has a low smoke point: olive oil is not your friend when you’re frying chicken tenders. Instead, use peanut oil, canola, corn or vegetable oil for best results.

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WHY I LOVE HOMEMADE CRISPY CHICKEN SALAD:

  1. You can toss the ingredients for the chicken marinade together in a zip-top bag, add the chicken and freeze it immediately. Pull it out closer to the middle of the week and let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight. It’ll marinate the chicken as it defrosts!
  2. It pleases parents and children alike. I’m sure there are more than a few parents out there who have the hardest time getting their kids to eat anything green. Here you can pop a couple of chicken tenders on their plates and some of that homemade sauce and continue building a salad for yourself. One meal that’ll please the whole family.
  3. Not only are homemade chicken tenders a 1000 x healthier than the store-bought alternatives, but they’re also a lot more delicious!

You need a crispy chicken salad in your life this week 🙂

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ORIGINAL CRISPY CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE PUBLISHED JULY 2018. RESHARED WITH  MINOR EDITS MAY 2019.

Crispy Chicken Salad with Sriracha Honey BBQ Dressing

Learn how to make a crispy chicken salad that’s drizzled with sriracha honey bbq dressing! The chicken tenders are perfectly juicy and tender on the inside with that crispy panko crust on the outside. You’ll love this easy crispy chicken salad!

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Ingredients:

Dressing:

  • ¼ cup EACH: honey AND bbq sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons EACH: dijon mustard AND apple cider vinegar 
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 – 3 teaspoons sriracha (or more to taste)

Chicken:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless chicken tenders (or breasts)
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour (or whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoons EACH: garlic powder AND smoked paprika
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Peanut or canola oil, for frying

salad:

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup EACH: toasted sliced almonds AND sliced red onions
  • 10-ounce romaine, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 avocados, sliced

Directions:

  1. DRESSING: Whisk the ingredients for the dressing along with a big pinch of salt and black pepper. Continue to whisk until you’ve got a smooth dressing.
  2. MARINATE: Add the buttermilk, ¾ teaspoon of salt, a big pinch of black pepper and ⅓ cup of the prepared dressing to a bowl and stir to combine. Add the chicken tenders into the bowl and allow the chicken to marinate for 30 minutes (you can also marinate the chicken for up to 24 hours covered in the refrigerator.)
  3. PREP: When you’re ready to cook the chicken, Combine the flour, garlic powder and the smoked paprika in a shallow baking dish, in another one, combine the panko and the parmesan cheese and set them side by side. We’re going to set up a dredging station. Start by removing a chicken tender from the marinade and allow the excess to drip off, then dredge the strip into the flour mixture, then the beaten egg, then the panko mixture and place the tenders on a clean baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tenders.
  4. COOK: Add about an inch to an inch and half of the oil to a cast iron skillet (or anything you usually fry stuff in) and allow the oil to heat up on medium-high heat. Once then oil is hot, add a few tenders and allow them to fry for 5-9 minutes, flipping as required to cook the tenders all the way through. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel and continue to fry until done. Slice the tenders into pieces or chop them up.
  5. ASSEMBLE: Add the greens to a large bowl, top with cherry tomatoes, sliced onions, avocados, sliced almonds, and add the chicken on top. You can also just make individual bowls if you didn’t want to serve this family style. Drizzle with the dressing and serve immediately! 

Notes:

  1. I suspect that you could possibly cook these tenders in an air fryer but I haven’t tried it so I can’t say with certainty! If you give it a try, would love to know how it went for you! Haven’t tried baking the chicken tenders so, unfortunately, not sure at all how that would go!

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