Fresh, sweet, colorful berries and savory rotisserie chicken come together to make this delicious and easy to make Rotisserie Chicken and Summertime Berry Salad. Top this salad with our sweet and savory Raspberry Champagne Vinaigrette and you have an explosion of flavors in your mouth.
Ingredients for Rotisserie Chicken and Summertime Berry Salad
Let’s face it, berries just speak of summertime, from Strawberry picking to thorny Blueberry picking, this past time has been passed down from generation to generation. If you are lucky enough to have freshly picked berries on hand for this recipe the flavors will be even more intense. If you are going with store bought or fruit from a local farmers market, make sure to select fresh non-bruised fruit.
For the salad greens a single bag or plastic container will do just fine. If you don’t like Spring Mix you can use a Baby Lettuce mix or other greens of your choice. Try to stay away from anything a bit bitter (i.e. Kale) as it will take away from the sweetness of the salad.
The rotisserie chicken can be any flavor you prefer and have available. In my local stores we have Lemon, Mojo and Regular. The flavor of the chicken won’t really change the salad overall, so choose whatever you like
When all of the ingredients of the salad are placed in the bowl make sure you mix gently. The fruit is delicate and can bruise very easily and even break. If that happens the juice of the fruit will start coming out into the salad. The wont effect the flavor but it can get a bit soupy.
Raspberry Champagne Vinaigrette
Salad dressings come in a variety of flavors so finding one that goes well with this salad took some serious time and a lot of taste testing. For those of you who follow my blog you know that Blue Cheese Dressing is my all time favorite. However, Blue Cheese would absolutely destroy the delicate flavors of this salad so that was not an option.
This Raspberry Champagne Vinaigrette is a mixture of flavors and every bite guarantees a surprise of one flavor or another. Raspberry Champagne Vinegar is a delightful combination of sparkly Champagne Vinegar and the sweetness of juicy Raspberries. It’s light and crisp and is guaranteed to wake up your taste buds.
Olive oil balances off the vinegar and gives substance to the dressing. The remaining liguid ingredients are orange juice and monk fruit liquid. The monk fruit liquid is a nice sugar substitute that doesn’t have the aftertaste some artificial sweetners have. It is zero calorie and zero carbs so it is ideal for keto recipes.
Cardamom is a delightful spice originating in Asia. I prefer McCormick’s Organic Cardamom which I use quite a bit. The spice is sometimes difficult to describe: peppery, piney, floral and citrusy are just a few words that explain its rich flavor. Poppy seeds give a little crunch to the dressing and are a good source of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant. In this Rotisserie Chicken and Summertime Berry Salad they are the “icing on the cake”!
Rotisserie Chicken and Summertime Berry Garden Salad
- 1 5 oz Bag of Spring Mix Greens
- 1 Cup Fresh Raspberries
- 1 Cup Fresh Blueberries
- 2 Cup Sliced Strawberries
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken
- 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
Raspberry Champagne Vinaigrette
- ¼ Cup Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Raspberry Champagne Vinaigrette
- 2 Tbsp Orange Juice
- 1 Tsp Monk Fruit Juice
- ½ tsp Cardamom
- 1 Tbsp Poppyseeds
- Measure out all three berries and place in a colander. Rinse under cool water and let them drain. Dab berries with a paper towel to remove excess water.
- Cut the stems off of the strawberries and cut in half. Pour all three berries into a large serving bowl.
- Cut the breast off of a rotisserie chicken. Shred the meat and then chop into bite size pieces. Set aside.
- In the same colander you used for the berries empty a bag or container of spring mix and rinse. Squeeze out any excess water with a paper towel. When most of the water is removed place the mix in the serving bowl with the berries.
- Add to the salad mixture the chopped chicken and the sliced almonds. Gently mix everything together being careful not to bruise the berries. Place in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
- In a small bowl mix together the Olive Oil, Raspberry Champagne Vinegar, Cardamom, Orange juice, Monk Fruit Liquid and Poppyseeds.
- Mix well and pour the appropriate amount onto each serving of salad.