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  • Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad Pizza with Fresh Strawberry Salsa

Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad Pizza with Fresh Strawberry Salsa

Posted on June 1, 2017
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I’m super excited about today’s recipe. Because PIZZA!!!

It’s probably one of my most loved foods. I could eat pizza almost every night and not complain. And I’ll take any version you want to throw at me. Deep dish, thin crust, wood-fired, plain or fully loaded. It’s all good.

We have something here in coastal New England that we affectionately call “beach pizza”. I’m sure others have this too. But it’s basically the thinnest crust ever, sauce and cheese. No frills. Served on a paper plate. A bit greasy. And cheap as all get out.

I love it. I crave it. And when I moved back here from the West Coast, it was one of the first things I ate.

This Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad Pizza with Fresh Strawberry Salsa is WAY fancier than my beloved beach pizza. But it’s pizza nonetheless. And I’m obsessed with it.

Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad Pizza with Fresh Strawberry Salsa | www.floatingkitchen.net

The other thing I’m obsessed with lately is store-bought naan (I typically buy the Stonefire Tandoori Naan). I got hooked on this stuff a couple months ago and there has been no turning back. Because it makes life really easy. I warm it up either in my oven or on my grill. And then I go to town with all the toppings.

Today’s version has some marinated grilled chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, mixed salad greens and a sweet and spicy strawberry- jalapeño salsa. It’s everything you need for a complete meal all in one neat little package. And it’s ready in just about 30 minutes. I guarantee you’ll be making this one all Summer long!

Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad Pizza with Fresh Strawberry Salsa | www.floatingkitchen.net

Be sure to look for the thin cut chicken breasts in your grocery store. They cook up much quicker, helping to get this meal on the table FAST!

It’s also the first Thursday of the month, which makes today 30 Minute Thursday! Check out the links below to see what some of my blogging friends have cooked up for June. I hope you find some inspiration for your next dinner!

Cheers,

Liz

Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad Pizza with Fresh Strawberry Salsa

Serves 2

Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad Pizza with Fresh Strawberry Salsa

Ingredients

  • For the Pizza
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 thin cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 pieces naan
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • For the Salsa
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, diced

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and black pepper. Transfer 3 tablespoons of the dressing to a large zip-closure bag. Then add the chicken breasts to the bag and seal it closed, making sure to push out as much of the air as possible so that the dressing coats the chicken breasts on all sides. Let this sit for 10 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, pre-heat your grill to medium-high.
  3. Toss the mixed greens with the remaining dressing. Set aside.
  4. Combine all the ingredients for the salsa in a small bowl. Set aside.
  5. Remove the chicken breasts from the zip-closure bag and place them directly on your grill, discarding any leftover dressing. Cook the chicken breasts until they are no longer pink on the inside and the juices run clear, about 5-7 minutes per side. Remove and transfer the grilled chicken breasts to a clean plate. Tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. Allow the chicken breasts to rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing them into strips.
  6. Meanwhile, warm the naan on your grill for 1 minute per side. When you flip the naan to the second side, sprinkle the tops with the mozzarella cheese, dividing it evenly between the two pieces of naan. Remove the naan from the grill and place each piece on clean plate with the cheese-side facing up.
  7. Top each piece of naan with half of the dressed salad greens, half of the sliced chicken breasts and a couple spoonfuls of the fresh strawberry salsa. Slice and serve immediately.
http://www.floatingkitchen.net/grilled-balsamic-chicken-salad-pizza-with-fresh-strawberry-salsa/

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  • Baked  Avocados with Fresh Salsa

Baked Avocados with Fresh Salsa

Posted on May 25, 2017

This post was originally published here on June 18, 2014. I’ve since updated the photos and text to showcase just how delicious these avocados really are!

With Memorial Day lurking right around the corner, I figured it was a good time to refresh this old recipe from 2014. Because let’s be honest, the previous photographs were pretty cringe-worthy. I certainly wouldn’t have been motivated to make these Baked Avocados with Fresh Salsa based on how they looked before. So how could I have expected you guys to want to make them?

So I gave them a little facelift. And now they look all shiny and pretty. I hope you get the urge to run right out and try them. Because I think they are the perfect recipe to help kick off the unofficial start of Summer this Memorial Day weekend!

Baked Avocados with Fresh Salsa | www.floatingkitchen.net

When I first read about the idea of baked avocados (it was this post from Food Faith Fitness), I was skeptical. Wouldn’t they get all brown and weird? And who would ever want to eat a warm avocado? The whole concept seemed strange to me. But I was intrigued enough to try it out for myself. And since then, baked avocados have become a staple in my house (along with like every other recipe involving avocados = I’m obsessed).

Baking the avocados causes them to turn extra creamy and soft. And they provide the perfect little vessels for loading up with whatever fresh ingredients you have on hand (in this case, corn, tomatoes, crumbled cheese and cilantro). Any food that you can turn into an edible bowl is a major win in my book. Because boy, do I hate having extra dishes to wash!

Baked Avocados with Fresh Salsa | www.floatingkitchen.net

I like to use crumbled Queso Fresco in this recipe (which is what I’ve called for in the ingredient list below). But for whatever reason, it’s an ingredient that I sometimes have a hard time finding in my grocery store. I’ve substituted crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese in the past, both with great success. So feel free to use whichever of the three cheeses you have/prefer.

These Baked Avocados with Fresh Salsa work as a party appetizer, side dish or mid-afternoon snack. Basically, they are good any time of day. Oh and don’t forget to have a bag of tortilla chips nearby. I think you’ll want them!

Cheers,

Liz

Baked Avocados with Fresh Salsa

Yield: Makes 8 avocado halves

Baked  Avocados with Fresh Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup Queso Fresco cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp. salt, plus more for seasoning the avocados
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 avocados
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, corn, cheese, lime juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Cut the avocados in half and remove and discard the seeds. Then slice a small area (about the size of a postage stamp) off the back side (the skin side) of each avocado half. This will give them a flat surface to rest on, preventing them from toppling over during cooking. Be careful not to cut too deeply into the avocado.
  4. Place the avocado halves in a baking dish, flesh side up. Sprinkle with a little salt. Then fill the cavities with a heaping spoonful of the salsa. Transfer the baking dish to your pre-heated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Top with some fresh cilantro and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Serve while still warm.

Notes

1. If you can’t find Queso Fresco, some crumbled feta or goat cheese would be great.

http://www.floatingkitchen.net/baked-avocados-with-fresh-salsa/

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