Crunchy Chick’n & Peas with Lime Citrus Vinaigrette
|Chick’n Gardein Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers|
|Romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped|
|Red onion, diced|
|Multi-colored mini peppers, sliced thin|
|Frozen peas, cooked|
|Pine nuts, toasted|
Bake the frozen crispy fingers in toaster oven. (I typically cook Gardein products longer than they recommend on the package). Use my favorite kitchen gadget to dice the red onion and carrots. Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet and watch carefully. Remove promptly from pan as soon as they start to brown and their aroma rises up to meet you. Assemble as shown. I could have blocked the carrots, onion and peppers which would have made this salad even prettier. I just happened to use a previously made salad that had those ingredients already mixed in.
Peas are a great addition to a salad. High in nutritional value but not high in calories. A great way to sneak in another vegetable for your family. When served cold in a salad, peas don’t have as strong a flavor as when served hot by themselves.
|1 fresh lime, squeezed|
|1/4 cup garlic olive oil|
|1-2 tsp minced garlic (or 2 minced cloves)|
|4 tsp sugar|
|1/2 tsp pepper|
|2 T apple cider vinegar|
This is not your typical citrus-style vinaigrette. The garlic olive oil and minced garlic adds a unique flavor which we absolutely loved.
This salad just felt perfect to close out the summer and bring in the fall. Light with rich flavor. And super easy!
Try food blocking the next time you take a dish to a gathering. Even if you only block 2 or 3 ingredients, it’s more decorative on a table.