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Chicken Spinach Salad

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Chicken Spinach Salad Warm Bacon-Artichoke Dressing. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Alessa and Tammi of Carolina Heartstrings.

Over the course of the summer, I typically receive five or six phone calls from friends inquiring about my well-being. Their voices fraught with concern, they ask, “How are you doing in this heat, Dara? You’re drinking lots of water, right?” After years of watching me practically melt in the summertime heat, they know better than to ask me to go for a walk in the midday sun or sit at the sunny table on a restaurant patio. I mean, really, what is a gal from Canada, used to the temperate climate of Vancouver, doing in a place where the temperatures climb above 100 degrees F? Well, let’s just say that I spend a good portion of the summer either standing over an air-conditioning vent or submerged in a pool.

Considering my dislike for extreme temperatures, I do everything in my power to avoid turning on the oven during the summer. Light, easy meals that don’t require a lot of exertion to make (I really am pathetic, aren’t I?) appear on the table regularly. So, when I saw this chicken spinach salad by CarolinaHeartStrings, I knew it would become a favorite. Who can resist a fresh salad packed with tasty ingredients such as chicken, olives and artichokes, particularly when it is topped with a warm dressing that contains bacon?

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Chicken Spinach Salad Warm Bacon-Artichoke Dressing. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Alessa and Tammi of Carolina Heartstrings.

Let’s start this recipe off on a very good foot, shall we? Now, the recipe calls for bacon bits, which I took to mean frying up some bacon so there’s enough for the salad and an extra piece for eating. I had to keep my energy up while snapping pictures, you know.

For the rest of the dressing, in a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium- low heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes to soften.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Chicken Spinach Salad Warm Bacon-Artichoke Dressing. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Alessa and Tammi of Carolina Heartstrings.

Add the brown sugar…

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Chicken Spinach Salad Warm Bacon-Artichoke Dressing. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Alessa and Tammi of Carolina Heartstrings.

… balsamic vinegar, crumbled bacon and reserved liquid from the can of artichokes. Simmer gently for about 15 minutes. The aroma will make you salivate.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Chicken Spinach Salad Warm Bacon-Artichoke Dressing. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Alessa and Tammi of Carolina Heartstrings.

For the rest of the salad, you will need spinach, chopped cooked chicken breast, canned artichoke hearts, black olives and feta cheese. My kids were too busy fighting over the can of black olives, so they didn’t make it into the photo.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Chicken Spinach Salad Warm Bacon-Artichoke Dressing. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Alessa and Tammi of Carolina Heartstrings.

Divide the spinach leaves evenly between 4 plates and top with equal portions of the chicken, artichokes, black olives and feta cheese.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Chicken Spinach Salad Warm Bacon-Artichoke Dressing. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Alessa and Tammi of Carolina Heartstrings.

Spoon the warm dressing over the salads.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Chicken Spinach Salad Warm Bacon-Artichoke Dressing. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Alessa and Tammi of Carolina Heartstrings.

Serve and enjoy, preferably while sitting in a nice shady spot or beside an air-conditioning vent.

 
Thank you to Alessa and Tammi for this easy salad that we will be making again and again throughout the summer. Be sure to check out their blog Carolina Heartstrings for other great recipes and tales of their everyday lives.

 
 

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I have always loved the spinach salads served in restaurants with a warm bacon dressing. This is my version of what I’d order if I could have it made my way.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ¼ cups Onion, Minced
  • 2 whole Large Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 4 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Real Bacon Bits
  • The Reserved Liquid From The Artichokes
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  • FOR THE SALAD:
  • 1 bag (12 Oz. Size) Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 4 whole Cooked Chicken Breasts, Cubed
  • 1 cup Whole Pitted Black Olives
  • 4 ounces, fluid Feta Cheese, Crumbled
  • 1 jar (14 Oz. Size) Artichokes, Drained, Reserve Liquid For Dressing

Preparation Instructions

1. For the dressing, gently heat the oil and add the onion and garlic. Cook 5–6 minutes.

2. Add the remaining dressing ingredients and cook gently for 15 minutes.

3. Divide spinach between 4 plates and top with equal portions of all toppings (cut artichokes into topping size if neccessary).

4. Spoon warm dressing over salads.

 
 
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Dara Michalski is a doll and a sweetheart who clearly knows her way around the kitchen. She blogs at Cookin’ Canuck, where she shares her flavor-packed recipes and fun, engaging writing. The photography’s pretty incredible, too.

 

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Didim on 7.17.2011

its amazing, want to eat this salad right now. amazing

Jaime on 7.15.2011

I was so excited to make this salad and have another ‘go to’ dinner salad! I think for my family we will trade the feta cheese for goat cheese and the black olives for kalamata. Also I didn’t think the glaze had enough balsamic, but I am a sucker for it! Thank you for the ideas and beautiful pictures that made me make this as soon as it was posted!!

Wenderly on 7.15.2011

That looks like the prefect salad! LOVE the combination of flavors & textures! Just gorgeous Dara!

Lori @ RecipeGirl on 7.15.2011

Love this recipe- and it’s perfect for summer!

Carolinaheartstrings on 7.15.2011

Thanks Dara for the beautiful post about our recipe. We love you!

Deebi27 on 7.15.2011

Yum double yum…
Bacon – fav summer sanwich
Spinach – Popeye food!
Artichoke – been eatting since I was a child
Feta – for more than a Greek salad
Black olives – which I eat, a can at a time!

This WILL BE a regular meal around this house now and I haven’t even made it yet!

Bev Stephans on 7.14.2011

I have a question. Are these Artichoke Hearts marinated or in water? There are many different sizes and I’m a little confused. Thank you.

Carrie on 7.14.2011

Oh what a yummy looking salad! Perfect for the summer. Anyone have any suggestions on reducing the sodium for this one? Would love some ideas!!

Mary on 7.14.2011

This looks perfect!!! Summer and ovens don’t go together at all. Mine has been turned on twice in the last month…..

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callimakesdo on 7.14.2011

I melt in the heat too! What a lovely salad. I will be making this soon. I love artichokes and spinach together.

Ann on 7.13.2011

A perfect summer dish!

Cookin' Canuck on 7.13.2011

Thanks for everyone’s kind comments. Of course the real credit for this recipe goes to carolinaheartstrings!

Katrina on 7.13.2011

This looks like such a yummy salad! Love this idea!

TiffH on 7.13.2011

That sound delicious. And I can agree with not turning on the oven… I’ve lived in OK all my life and I’m still not used to the over 100 degree weather.

Monica on 7.13.2011

The salad looks great, but I’m more impressed that your kids were fighting over the can of olives. Our 3 boys act like they are having a stroke if an olive comes near their pizza!
They love artichoke dip though, so I’ve got that going for me. I wonder if they’d like this salad…

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twopeasandtheirpod on 7.13.2011

Love the artichokes in there!

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Laurie {Simply Scratch} on 7.13.2011

Black olives, artichokes and feta… yes please!!

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billiev on 7.13.2011

You said the smell made you salivate, well, just reading this recipe made me salivate. LOL! Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

Meme on 7.13.2011

Yum. Simple and quick. I like it. More time for the pool.

Claire on 7.13.2011

This looks wonderful!! And I can totally relate about the hot weather- July and August are the worst and I don’t even live in the south!

Cheryl on 7.13.2011

What’s not to like?

Heather (Heather's Dish) on 7.13.2011

i LOVE warm bacon dressing…my mom used to make that every week with fresh spinach from our garden!