What to Cook When It's TOO HOT Outside

Photo credit: Mom's Pantry Kitchen On a day like today when I'm dripping with sweat, the last thing I want to do is turn on an...

Photo credit: Mom's Pantry Kitchen

On a day like today when I'm dripping with sweat, the last thing I want to do is turn on an oven. Who wants to eat a heavy meal in this kind of weather, anyway?

To go light and easy, I have the recipe for a
maple-ginger balsamic chicken salad I dreamt up and actually tested a few minutes ago. It'll take you about five minutes to prepare, and you'll gobble it up in two. It's that good.For a single serving, you'll need:

Grilled chicken strips--about four of them equal one breast (I recommend
Trader Joe's brand, already sliced and prepackaged for you in the refrigerator section. If you can't find a Trader Joe's in your area, Purdue grilled chicken strips will work okay, too)

A bag of pre-washed spring mix (use as much or as little of it as you like)

1 sliced green pear (put about 1/4-1/2 of it into the salad)

1 small orange, cut into sections
For the dressing, whisk together:

3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon crushed ginger
1 teaspoon olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
dried basil

Drizzle over the top of the salad and toss with kitchen tongs. Double the recipe if you're serving two people, triple it for three, and yada yada yada.
For the perfect dinner drink, add two fresh strawberries to a 6 oz. glass of chilled riesling. I recommend the Australian brand Yellow Tail because it's cheap (about $7-10 a bottle), fruity, and pretty darn good. The notes of pear and orange blossom will compliment the fruit and chicken in the salad.

Try it tonight!
;) Holly

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