Crispy Chicken Berry Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

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Here’s the thing about book tour, you spend A LOT of time in hotel rooms. Sometimes it’s awesome, sometimes it’s not so awesome. Let’s talk about some pros and cons:

You get to watch whatever you want on tv.

Pros – You get to catch up on trash tv like The Kardashians or Bachelor in Paradise or realllll sleazy stuff like reruns of the Jersey Shore. I effing love that show. And you can do it all while eating dessert in bed with black out curtains for a judgment free zone. It’s quite magical.

Cons – You get wrapped up in horror tv like Law & Order SVU or murder mysteries. The other night, I started watching crazy stories in the ER and saw a story of a man impaled through his bum-bum with a tree branch that went up through his body, near his heart. What.The.Fuuu. I watched them cut his side open and you could see the branch underneath his intestine. But I couldn’t look away. Ok, I’ll stop now. You’re totally unfollowing me now, aren’t you?

You get a whole hotel room to yourself.

Pros – Starfishing in your bed because no sharing is needed.

Cons – Sometimes hotel rooms can turn out pretty sketchy. Or smelly. I had one that was leaking highlighter yellow liquid from the air conditioner. And it smelled exactly how you’re probably imagining it to. After two nights, I asked for a different room and started explaining the smell. Before I could even finish my explanation, they gave me a new room. Why didn’t I ask that before all my clothes smelled like formaldehyde?

You have to eat at hotels when nothing else is around and you’re there for only 16 hours.

Pros – You can order what you think will be a fancy meal because it cost $36 for eggs and bacon and you’ll be excited that you’re so swanky and the bacon will probably taste like gold.

Cons – The food tastes like sh*t and you’ve maxed out your credit cards.

You can throw your clothes and toiletries and shoes wherever you want because you’re alone.

Pros – You can be as lazy as you want and no one sees it. F*ck it, I’m trying on every article of clothing I packed then leaving it on the floor because no one is here to see how disgusting I am.

You get bed bugs which turns into lice which turns into a deadly disease…and you die. Because you were lazy as f*ck.

When I was a child, I always thought adults who were moving through the airport at a sweating pace were living such exciting lives. Then I became an adult, moving at a sweating pace, worrying about connections, and eating heaps of airport food. There is no glamor in being an adult. Unless you’re a Kardashian and have someone to damp your sweating pits while you worry about if your lips look big enough for a photo shoot. Is that jealousy you hear coming from typing lips? Oh eff yes, I want a private plane and private sweat damper. I’m typing this as I sit waiting for my plane which will be late and I will therefore miss my connecting flight. I’m bitter, hella bitter.

Now go make this dressing. It’s damn delicious.

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Crispy Chicken Berry Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

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Ingredients

For the dressing

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Kasandrinos Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Kasandrinos Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseeds

For the salad

  • 56 cup fresh greens
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 34 ounces goat cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the crispy chicken. Once cooked through, slice how you prefer.
  2. Place all ingredients for the dressing, except for the poppy seeds, in a blender and blend until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Then pour dressing a jar, add poppy seeds and shake. Place in fridge to cool while you make the rest of the salad.
  3. In a large bowl, add greens, strawberries, blueberries, red onion, walnuts, and goat cheese, chicken, and dressing then toss to coat. Use as much dressing as you prefer.
  4. Eat up!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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20 thoughts on “Crispy Chicken Berry Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing”

  1. Traveling is tough, you got that right!!! Crappy airport meals, sub par hotels… it’s definitely not easy sticking to a diet while on travel. But can I just say… I just LOVE your oh so cute outfits and seeing photos of all the awesome meals you are having at all these cool restaurants. I’m literally salivating and “bookmarking” each restaurant on Yelp so that I can try these places out if I ever find myself in the same city! Safe travels to you!!! BTW I am the “spunky” gal you met at your Atlanta book signing! 🙂

  2. I travel a lot for my job and I’m totally over it too. Everyone thinks its so glamorous and fun but it’s totally exhausting and a pain in the butt! Your whole schedule is off and you’re just completely exhausted at the end of the day even though you haven’t really done anything. Ugh!

    LOVE your new book so much! I’m trying out some new recipes this weekend!

  3. Juli…traveling is only glamorous for so long 🙂 writing this as I wait for my 11 hour flight back to South Korea 🙂 thanks for always putting a smile on my face and keeping my wardrobe fabulous. Best of luck with the book tour !

  4. Girl. I totally feel you on the travel pros and cons. I am a singer, so I have to travel regularly, at least a few months out of the year…and as glamorous as it might seem, being the modern day equivalent of a traveling minstrel often leaves me broke from pricey airline food and foggy from a hotel mattress that is likely of questionable origin. But YES to blackout curtains and TV without judgment. That sh*t is the bomb. And so are you and your kick ass recipes.

  5. This really does look good but a big time health nut (heath food store owner and my boss) told me years ago to never eat fruit and meat at the same meal. There are many more food combining rules but that one really stuck.

  6. I wish my daughter liked fruit in her salad because this looks fantastic. Please tell me that you don’t throw your clothes on the hotel room floor-yuck.
    I am coming to Denver and need recommendations as a tourist and lover of paleo food. Would love to meet you but not holding my breath.

  7. Yum. I just got your cookbook and I absolutely love it. I am so insanely jealous of Jackson. Any tips on how you convinced your fiancé to get a frenchie? My husband is totally not on board and this must be changed! They are the cutest dogs ever.

  8. I flat out loved this. I’ve been trying to fuse chicken with strawberries with no luck and this recipe does it. Thanks for this one.

  9. Kirrily Dearing

    p^$$ing myself laughing at this blog. You had me at ‘bum-bum’…you MUST come to Hawaii at some stage. I know, a long way away, but we need loving too….

      1. You can’t be working on your honeymoon..but if you feel like a workout, I’m sure Elyse at 808 would love to have you along.

  10. OMG!!! this post is hilarious!!! I agree with all of your hotel comments/shenanigans….seriously love those blackout drapes! and judgement free zone 🙂

    Going to have to try out this recipe it looks legit!

  11. holy crap that dressing sounds AHMAZING. bookmarking this to make soon, thank you!!

    and i guess i’m weird because i looove traveling! i hate the cramped feeling of sitting in economy seats for 14 hours to india or europe (killll me!) but love airports and planes and all of it!

  12. Ok so I am trying really had to coax my fiance into eating better with me. I printed out a slew of your recipes and went to the grocery with them in hand. This was my first meal and it was AMAZING. It went over so well with my fiance! She even went for seconds. SO happy I found your site.

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