One of my favorite things that happens when I’m cooking is I tend to get inspired to create entirely different recipes using the ingredients or concepts that I am using at that given moment. Am I making sense? Let me explain a little further.
A couple of weeks ago, I was making tomato bruschetta for a dinner party we were having. (Side note: one of the best party foods ever, just FYI. ) I started daydreaming about how I could translate the exact same flavor experience into a salad with some tender protein on top. Hence, this Bruschetta Chicken Salad was born!
Ahhh you know that familiar smell… the smell of eggs and sausages cooking early on a weekend morning? The smell that coaxes you out of a deep sleep and down to the kitchen to find a home-cooked breakfast, making it all worthwhile that you peeled yourself out of bed that morning.
I’m sorry, but I am about to ruin most traditional breakfast sausages for you and I am afraid I have no other choice. Why? Because you can so easily make your own! And I guarantee you they are full of great ingredients and taste a lot better than anything you will ever pull out of a freezer.
The inspiration for me to make this salad came about in kind of a goofy way. The other day I was cooking some chicken on the stove and there was a bag of cherry-almond granola on my kitchen counter. I had just bought some of these plump, dried cherries at the grocery store and I’ve been waiting for something to inspire me to use them. Well, this is what happened!
This recipe can be enjoyed in so many ways; as it is, in a sandwich, on top of some crispy romaine. I used plain greek yogurt and a ton of great flavoring to make the “dressing”… it’s a common trick to replace mayonnaise in case you haven’t discovered it yet! I would highly recommend getting familiar with all of the amazing things you can do with greek yogurt.
Last night my loves and I went out for a late dinner + drinks at a new restaurant to enjoy each others’ company until the early hours of the morning. It was 9 pm and I wasn’t too hungry, but wanting to be a good patron, I ordered the House Salad w/ chicken and a Crispin Hard Cider (and another… and then a beer… but we won’t go there for the purposes of this post.)
It was the BEST house salad I’ve ever had because there were minor enhancements that made the salad so much more enjoyable. Who knew that a traditionally boring house salad could actually be so delicious? It’s amazing how far a little attention to detail can go so I recreated something similar to enjoy again for lunch tomorrow.