My wonderful son-in-law is the youngest of ten children.
have vacationed together. One of them served
this up for us at our cabin for the first time.
My first bite was "WOW". I couldn't stop eating.
The combination of the sweet berries with
the salty and crunchy fried chicken was incredible.
Use berries from your garden or from the store.
We have also made this substituting raspberries for
the strawberries and pears for the grapes.
Most grocery stores in their deli have tasty fried chicken strips.
Taste test your store's. Make sure they are moist and not
over-cooked. Kentucky Fried Chicken also has great strips.
These came from our local grocery deli.
These sugared pecans are so easy to make. The recipe follows.
This is a photo of lettuce that came up in my garden spontaneously.
I just let a few heads of lettuce go to seed. In the spring
I have lettuce in abundance and really early. These landed
in a pot that I plant flowers in. They were so beautiful
that I left them and planted flowers on the other side.
I used this lettuce for this salad.
Slice or chop and assemble all of the beautiful ingredients.
Dress the salad just before serving or it will wilt.
1/2 C. white sugar
2 T. water
1 1/2 C. toasted pecans (toast in 350 degree oven for 7-10 min.)
In a medium sized frying pan, place the sugar and water. When the sugar has melted
and the mix begins to boil, add the nuts.
Continue to stir the nuts over medium heat, stirring
constantly just until the water boils away and the nuts begin
to look like they are coated with sand.
Quickly remove them from the heat and pout out
onto a greased sheet of tin foil. Separate the nuts
with a fork if desired. Let cool, then chop
3/8 C. white wine vinegar
3/8 C. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 C. sugar
2 T. chopped onion, red or white
1 T. poppy seed
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/4 C. light olive oil
Mix everything in the blender besides the oil. With the blender
running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil to emulsify the dressing.
Mix together an assortment of mixed lettuces, washed, drained and chilled,
halved grapes, chopped green onion (if desired), strawberries, sugared pecans
and pre-cooked boneless fried chicken strips, cut into bite sized
I will be posting this summer recipe on