Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Salad of Mixed Greens, Bing Cherries, Feta, Hazelnuts and Grilled Chicken

Oh woww so I can tell you just where to go when you have those serious boredom munchies and need to stop yourself from scrummaging through the fridge, freezer and cupboard every 5 minutes to snack on somethin…the University library!! I swear I won’t talk about studying anymore because even I’m getting sick of hearing that damn word! After this Friday you and I both won’t have to hear it since that’s when I write my Nutrition final! I needed a change of scenery so I headed to the UBC campus library to get some real work done. I have never been in a place SO dead quiet. I definitely have to re-think my snack options for tomorrow when I go back, because have you ever tried to stick your hand in a bag of chips and eat it as quietly as possible? Okay I wasn’t eating a chip, I was eating crackers, but I think I may have severely annoyed the guy behind me. So off topic here…the whole point was that I was absolutely starrrving by the time I got home so I threw together a salad that turned out quite well! The picture above is a re-creation of dinner because I was so hungry I threw it on my plastic plate and ate it within 5 minutes (yes everyday I use the same plastic plate because I hate doing dishes and for some reason it seems so much easier to wash and dry this particularly fine piece of kitchen ware). Anywhoo…mixed field greens from the local UBC Farmers Market, local cherries and toasted hazelnuts that I picked up from the Kitsilano Farmers Market, local chicken breast from the local butcher shop and feta from the local Greek shop down the street. See a theme here? Local is where its at! Mixed together a simple balsamic vinaigrette with dijon and agave syrup and it was a perfect accompaniment for my 11:00 dinner. Oh and what am I going to do with this extra salad? I think this may be a better option for tomorrows library snack…

I’m not going to show you a picture of my plastic plate (that’s just embarrassing) but here is the pic of the salad packed up and ready to go for tomorrow!

Mixed Field Greens
Fresh Cherries (pitted and quartered)
Feta (crumbled) (Goat Cheese would be nice too)
Grilled Chicken
Hazelnuts (toasted and roughly chopped)
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Agave Syrup
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil
(Combined to your preferred taste, I like less olive oil than the typical vinaigrette)


Lois said...

Looks yummy! You're lucky you have so many local markets in a close enough area to get fresh produce. We have great farmer's markets but they're all about 10 miles from where I live and I try not to drive too much on weekends...I do have Trader Joes about a mile away, though, so that helps!

Good Luck on the exam! xoxo

Kevin said...

That salad looks good!

Laura said...

Thanks Lo, I love Trader Joes! Thanks Kevin!