Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Blackened Chicken Salad w/ Creole Vinaigrette

Here 's a great way to enjoy a scrumptious main course salad for lunch or dinner.  It is so easy to prepare and is perfect for those busy days. The spicy chicken compliments the cool salad veggies and the Creole vinaigrette adds an extra burst of flavor. When I tell you that this salad is "out of this world", then you know that I mean it, cher! Bon Appetit! (photo courtesy of Google)





Blackened Chicken Salad 

1 lb. chicken tenders
Blackening season (recipe below)
2 tbs.'s vegetable oil
1 large head Romaine lettuce
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 green onions, sliced
Fresh parsley

 Wash and coarsely chop lettuce and place in a large salad bowl. Add veggies, and
 chill until ready to serve. Meanwhile, make blackening seasoning and season chicken, to taste.



Cajun Blackening Seasoning Mix 
1 tbs. salt
1 tbs. garlic powder
1tbs. onion powder
1 tbs. paprika
1 tsp. cayenne pepepr
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tbs. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano

Mix all together in food processor and pulse until blended. Store in an air tight container and use as needed.


In large heavy skillet, heat oil on medium heat. When oil is hot,  place seasoned chicken in pan and cook for 5 to 7 minutes on each side. Slice and layer on top of salad. Serve with a nice glass of white wine, crusty french bread and Creole Vinaigrette. (recipe below) Enjoy!

Creole Vinaigrette
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tbs. Creole mustard
1 tsp. or more, Tabasco sauce
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup olive oil

Combine first six ingredients in bowl and whisk until well blended. Add oil and continue whisking until combined. Divine!



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Wishing you all a wonderful day, filled with happy moments! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


22 comments:

Pat Tillett said...

I'm just about to eat breakfast and now I want this dish instead!
Yum!!! Thanks!

Dee said...

That looks so yummy! Gonna have to try this one, the dressing sounds delicious!

Linda Starr said...

the food looks good as always, but look at your new header, so spring like. Mardi Gras is coming and I have an etsy treasury waiting in the wings for that.

Joanne said...

Oh this would be a dinner for me. I love this type of a meal. It's so light, but sooo good. This one looks like it has a great mix of flavors going on, too.

Kittie Howard said...

Oh, yum! I'm on a diet, all that good NO food. Have this post bookmarked. Just had dinner, drats!

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Yum!!

KarenG said...

I now have cajun seasoning in my spice cupboard thanks to you cherie.

Cloudia said...

Aloha from Honolulu, Mon Ami
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Eddie Bluelights said...

Shame, just eaten my lunch! Will have to return because it looks 'enticingly delightful'.
What . . . . no dancing video this week!! Miles of smiles ~ Eddie
Clouds and Silvery Linings
and Platos’s Procrastinations

Marguerite said...

Pat- Thanks, you could always skip breakfast and have an early lunch! You're welcome!

Dee- Thanks, the dressing packs a punch, and I think that you would love it, cher! Hope you try it!

Linda- Thanks, everything is starting to bloom, here, so I hope that winter is over. Sounds interesting, and I can't wait to see it!

Joanne- Merci, cher! It's a great combination of flavors and the chicken only takes 10 minutes to prepare! Enjoy!

Kitty- Now this one is very good for anyone on a diet, and so easy, too. And the dressing is fab, with the Creole mustard!

John said...

I've saved that recipe, especially for the 'blackened' rub as that is not something we get over here.

Mary said...

What a perfect salad for lunch or a lite supper. It really looks delicious. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Marguerite said...

Trish- Thanks, it is fab! Have a great weekend!

Karen- Great, now you can cook like a Cajun! lol All of my seasoning blends are so easy to make and I hope that you enjoy them!

Cloudia- Aloha Gal pal! Have a fabulous weekend in paradise! Thanks for stopping by!

Eddie- Merci beaucoup, cher! This recipe is so easy that even you could make it. lol I'll be posting one soon! Happy weekend!

John- Thanks, the blackening mix is fab and very easy to make! Great on meats and seafood. Enjoy!

Mary- Thanks so much for your lovely comment! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

kitchen flavours said...

This is a fantastic salad! You are right, it would be perfect by itself!

Honey at 2805 said...

This sounds fabulous! Wish I could have dinner in your kitchen!

ceodraiocht said...

Saw this over on Funky Junk - it looks so super! Would love to have you share it at teh recipe hop: http://ceodraiocht.wordpress.com/decidedly-healthy-or-horridly-decadent-blog-hop/

Thanks!
Maggie

Martha (MM) said...

Oh yum! This looks so good! And that Cajun cornbread casserole in the previous post is more food heaven in a pan! I know I've said it too many times but have to say it again - you are amazing! :-)

Chef Dennis said...

what a delicious salad, the heat of the blackened chicken against the cool refreshing greens and that lovely dressing! Its almost time for Mardi Gras, I can't wait to see some of your creations for the big party!
Cheers
Dennis

Marguerite said...

kf- Thanks, so glad you like it! It's so easy and the recipe works great with shrimp, too! Enjoy!

Honey- Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I wish that you could, too!

Maggie- Hi and welcome! Thanks for the nice compliment and invitation. It's great to meet you and I hope that you will come back soon!

Martha- Merci beaucoup for your lovely comment! So happy that you like the recipes and hope you try them! Thanks for stopping by!

Chef Dennis- So good to hear from you! Thanks, glad you like the salad and hope you give it a try. The dressing is fab and really gives it an extra kick. Stay tuned, Mardi Gras recipes will be coming up soon!

RNSANE said...

What a great luncheon salad this would make or a nice change from the usual dinner. My sons all like things a little spicy!

Magic of Spice said...

Just love your blackening seasoning mix, and what a great salad definitely fit for a meal...As for the creole vinaigrette...well that just has me wanting ;)

Magic of Spice said...

Just love your blackening seasoning mix, and what a great salad definitely fit for a meal...As for the creole vinaigrette...well that just has me wanting ;)