This post is coming to you via a girl who thought she was literally going to die last night from allergies. I have no idea where these are coming from as I’ve never before had even the slightest issues with allergies in the past. Evidently “everything’s bigger in Texas” also has to do with the pollen count and the number of trees and weeds that hate me. Combine that with a missed night of sleep due to Albie (cat #2) going missing for a day and a half and you get a very sleepy and previously emotionally distraught food blogger. It’s time for a salad to reset my system after a couple of days of going out for tacos and eating any food that can go from cupboard to mouth in T minus 5 minutes.
**For those of you who could care less about our two fur-babies and their adventures, skip the rest of this paragraph. As I said earlier, Albie went missing this weekend. It was terrifying and to be completely honest, we weren’t expecting him to come back. Without much more elaboration on his disappearance, I’ll focus on the good and tell you his return story!
I was sleeping terribly on Sunday night, not knowing that allergies were attacking me, and got up around 3am for a cough drop and water. This was after 24 hours of Albs being missing already, but I just had to go to the door to see if he might have come back by some miracle. He wasn’t there, so I got my water and stumbled back to bed. The second I laid my head down on the pillow I heard a frantic meowing at our door and sprinted to the door to find him there!!! WHAT??? AM I DREAMING??? I seriously couldn’t believe it. To say we were a little emotional over the whole situation is an understatement. So, now we’re in the process of switching their sleep schedules so they stay inside at nighttime and actually SLEEP as opposed to our previous plan of throwing them outside at night so they can roam and we can get some sleep. It feels like potty training a kid. Making them eat at certain times, doing everything possible to keep them awake during the day, and locking them in a special room at night with their blankies. Ridiculous, but much better than the heartache we dealt with on Sunday!!
Okay, just had to get that out. Salad time!
I realize in some parts of the country you’re just starting to see signs of spring, which means you’re in limbo between your cozy crock pot meals and wanting something a bit more fresh and spring-like. This salad is the perfect idea to welcome sunny days after the long winter! It’s versatile depending on what’s in your cupboard, but I especially love this combo. The pistachio crusted chicken, the crunchy romaine, fresh blueberries, sweet red onion, and the sweet, but vinegary tart dijon dressing. Together, the perfect detox for me after this crazy weekend!
Serve with Braided Herb Challah for a complete dinner!Print
- 1 cup shelled pistachios
- 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 small heads Romaine lettuce, finely chopped
- 2 cups baby kale or spinach
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- 2/3 cup diced red onion
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In blender or food processor, pulse pistachios, sesame seeds, poultry seasoning, lime zest, and cayenne until a fine powder.
- Coat chicken on both sides with nut mixture and bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
- While chicken is cooking, assembly salad by combining chopped romaine, baby kale, whole blueberries, and red onion. Set aside.
- In mason jar, shake together olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Shake vigorously until all ingredients are combined.
- Pour dressing over salad and top with baked chicken.