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Strawberry Chicken Salad (meat)

Eileen Goltz. | Meat

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Green Onions (scallions, Spinach Leaves and Strawberries require insect inspection. Please see “Special Instructions” below for insect infestation inspection.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon olive oil or salad oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 green onions, thinly sliced (1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts
4 cups spinach leaves
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained


Instructions

Dressing: In a screw-top jar combine 2 tablespoons orange juice, the oil, and sugar; cover and shake well. Chill dressing until serving time. For marinade, combine soy sauce, green onions, 2 tablespoons orange juice, the lemon juice, and garlic. Place chicken in a plastic bag set into a shallow dish. Add marinade; seal bag. Turn chicken to coat well. Chill 2 to 4 hours, turning chicken occasionally. Remove chicken from bag, reserving marinade. Grill chicken on an uncovered grill over medium coals for 5 minutes. Brush with marinade; turn chicken and brush with marinade. Grill 7 to 10 minutes more or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Cool slightly; slice chicken breast. Discard any remaining marinade. Line 4 individual plates with spinach leaves. Arrange strawberries, oranges, and chicken breast slices on spinach-lined plates. Shake dressing; drizzle over salads. 

Scallions or Green Onions Insect Infestation: Light green or brown thrips may occasionally be found between the green branches where they protrude from the bulb. Less frequently, they can be found crawling on the outside or inside of the long green shoots. Inspection: 1. A vertical cut should be made from the top of the scallion’s green shoot to the bottom of the bulb. Examine three scallions from each bunch, paying careful attention to the area between the branches that protrude from the bulb. 2. If no insects are found, wash thoroughly under a heavy stream of water or power hose and use. 3. If insects are found in a scallion, the entire bunch must be checked. The affected scallion must be discarded. Spinach Infestation Inspection: Spinach and arugula tend to be highly infested throughout the year. Light green thrips are often found in the small curls of the leaves. Occasionally, worms may be found in burrows within the body of the leaf. Look for a narrow (1/8_) translucent burrow speckled with black dots breaking up the deep green color of the leaf. These burrows will often trap the worm within the leaf. To rid the leaf of these worms, carefully slit the bumpy part within the burrow with a sharp knife and remove the worm. Please note Only flat leaf spinach is recommended because its flat surface lends itself to efficient washing. Curly leaf spinach is difficult to clean and check. It is therefore not recommended. Spinach Inspection: 1. Soak leaves in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.) 2. Separate spinach leaves and agitate in the soapy solution. 3. Using a heavy stream of water or a power hose, remove all foreign matter and soap from the leaf surface. Alternatively, a vegetable brush may be used on both sides of the leaf. 4.Several leaves should be checked over a light box or under strong overhead light to verify that the washing procedure has been effective. Both sides of the leaf must be checked. 5. If it is practical, it is best to check each leaf. Strawberries—Common (short stem) and Long Stem Inspection of Common Strawberries: 1. If the green crown is to be removed, do so carefully without making a hole in the top of the strawberry. If a hole was made, the strawberryshould then be cut in half, allowing you to wash both the inside andoutside of the strawberry. 2. Briefly soak berries in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.) 3. Allow the berries to soak for a few minutes. 4. Carefully wash off the entire surface of the strawberry. 5. Gently dry each strawberry. They may be used without inspection. Alternative Method 1. Carefully remove the green leaf of the strawberry without making a hole in the top of the strawberry. If a hole was made, the strawberry should then be cut in half, allowing both the inside and outside of the strawberry to be washed. 2. Rub the surface of each individual berry while holding it under a stream of running water. Careful attention should be paid to the area beneath the green leaf at the top of the berry. Inspection of Long Stem Strawberries: The beauty of highly priced long stem strawberries may be marred by contact with water and/or the removal of its green crown. We therefore recommend the following washing procedure. 1. Taking an individual strawberry in hand, lift the green leafy crown at the top of the berry and, with a soft brush, e.g., soft bristle paintbrush or women’s make-up brush, brush off entire surface of strawberry. 2. Each berry should be carefully inspected under strong light. Thrips may crawl into the crevices of the strawberry seeds. The entire surface area must be visually inspected. A magnifying glass can be a most helpful tool for easy identification of insects. 3. If the strawberries are found to be heavily infested, the entire pallet should not be used.

From http://www.kitchengourmet.com

Green Onions (scallions, Spinach Leaves and Strawberries require insect inspection. Please see “Special Instructions” below for insect infestation inspection.