For the past 5 or so days New York has been in a terrible heat wave. On Tuesday the temperatures in Central Park got up to 103 degrees. We haven’t seen temperatures this hot in over a decade. New York in the summer can be very hot but this was ridiculous. Not only did it effect New York, but most of the east coast including Boston, Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. The whole northeast corridor was under a terrible heat warning. A lot of people lost power and some people died, so it was very bad. Today the temperature cooled down to 88 degrees…Wow a cold front!! LOL!!! But the humidity is horrible. Even though I love to cook I just didn’t feel like cooking in such heat even with the air conditioner. I also didn’t feel like standing outside and grilling in the heat. So the perfect summer meals are salads. They are light and don’t require much preparation. I was going through my Bon Appetit magazine and came across an interesting chicken salad recipe. It really was from an advertisement for Newman’s Own Salad Dressing. It seemed easy and a perfect dinner during this heat wave. The only difference is that I didn’t make my own chicken, I bought a ready made Rotisserie chicken from the supermarket.
4 chicken breasts, skinned
salt and pepper
2 bags prepared mixed greens
1½ cups Newman’s Own® Lighten Up® Raspberry & Walnut Salad Dressing or any other Raspberry Walnut Salad Dressing
orange and grapefruit sections from either a can or a jar (keep it simple and easy)
2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Rinse and dry mixed lettuces and place in a large bowl along with green onion. Lightly dress with Raspberry & Walnut Salad Dressing, and arrange lettuces on dinner plates.
Arrange orange and grapefruit sections, avocado and onion slices, and chicken on top of lettuce. Drizzle additional salad dressing to taste.
Garnish with fresh raspberries