It has been a long week, filled with peanut butter n' jelly sandwiches and TacoBell. That's what happens when you move across the country and are busy unpacking boxes, hoping the next box is the one that has your kitchen supplies in it. And after unpacking fifty boxes and not finding a single pan, I have come to accept that my moving strategy of not labeling boxes is a bad plan. And yes, I know the hubster is shaking his head saying, "I told you so."
So today, when I finally found a pan, the hubster and I did a little victory dance. And then, mid-victory dance, the hubster says, "I think I want a salad for lunch." I stopped dancing and looked at the hubster, a 5'10" staunchly carnivorous man, affectionately nicknamed Giant. "A salad?" I asked. "Yeah, something light and refreshing but with lots of flavor," he said. It was official. All of the moving truck fumes had gone to the hubster's head and he emerged a delicate foodie with a penchant for salads. Awesome.
Enter the Chicken Tikka Salad with Cranberries and Lime Yogurt Dressing. The salad leaves are from the Fresh Express Spring Mix, a fabulous blend of baby romaine, tango and radicchio. It is, quite possibly, the best thing since, well, salad in a bag. The fresh and crunchy blend saves you from buying numerous bunches of lettuce, washing and drying the leaves, and tearing them up when you're starving. I've also made this salad with the Fresh Express 50/50 Mix and the Fresh Express Baby Spinach and it is equally delicious. The chicken tikka bites, fragrant with a blend of South-Asian spices, are so much more interesting and flavorful than plain ol' grilled chicken. The lime yogurt dressing provides the perfect cooling touch to the spicy chicken. And the cranberries? They're the surprising sweet touch to complement this salad.
So, I whipped us up a light and refreshing salad with lots of flavor. Because I figured I owed the hubster after forcing him to unpack box after unlabelled box. And then, we ate it in a giant communal bowl with spoons because we have yet to find our plates and forks. Ah, the joys of moving mitigated only by a fabulous and delicious salad.
This post is a submission to the Fresh Express Salad Challenge for FoodBuzz. Fresh Express sent coupons to try their products but I think my coupons got lost in the mail with the move but I'm crossing my fingers they get routed to our new address because the Fresh Express salads are so, so tasty.
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp. ground corriander
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. garam masala
2-3 tbs. plain yogurt
Cut chicken into cubes. Add yogurt and all of the spices and mix thoroughly.
Heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Cook chicken. Alternatively, you can thread the chicken onto wooden skewers and broil until cooked.
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
Salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients together (you may need to thin it out with 1 teaspoon of water, depending on how thick your yogurt is, particularly if you're using Greek yogurt).