Straub’s Chicken Salad – An Easy but Elegant Fare
If you are looking to mix it up and add some simple yet flavorful elegance to your next dinner table, then look no further than Straub’s Chicken Salad. This easy-to-make dish packs a flavorful punch, combining a range of unique ingredients, lightly seasoned with a signature herby dressing.
-Boneless and skinless chicken breasts
-Fresh cherry tomatoes
-Fresh basil leaves
-Fresh lemon juice
-Extra-virgin olive oil
-Freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Place the chicken breasts in a roasting pan, season lightly with salt and pepper, and bake for 25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
3. While the chicken is baking, prepare the salad. In a large bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, arugula, fresh basil leaves, and mixed greens. Drizzle with lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil.
4. Once the chicken is cooked, slice it into thin strips. Add the chicken to the salad bowl and mix everything together.
5. Serve immediately, accompanied by bread if desired.
Straub’s Chicken Salad is the perfect balance of textures and flavors – juicy, succulent chicken strips contrasted with crunchy tomatoes, creamy arugula pesto, tangy lemon juice, and earthy basil leaves. With just a few simple ingredients, a few minutes of prep time, and no more than half an hour in the oven, this dish is a great choice when you are short on time but still want something delicious. Though tart and herby, the flavor of this salad is somehow still balanced, just like the Straub family themselves!
This dish is reminiscent of Tuscan-style dishes such as saltimbocca and panzanella, but with a lighter and fresher twist. For a variation, consider adding a dollop of ricotta cheese or grated Parmesan for added richness. Or, for a fully vegan option, simply omit the chicken and enjoy the bright, zesty flavors as a stand-alone side dish.
No matter how you serve it, Straub’s Chicken Salad is sure to impress. Enjoy engaging in conversation and savoring every flavorful bite!