Cracklin Chicken Strawberry Salad 

When I posted the pic of this on Instagram people went crazy over it.  I almost didn’t write a blog post about it because it’s so simple. Then I realized what a shame it’d be to not share something so incredible and easy with the world.  It’s like a civic duty.  

We’ve been getting rain for what feels like the entire summer. Actually I don’t think it’s summer yet? I keep thinking some day it’ll get sunny out and hot.  Not too hot but not spring-like either.  What?  I can be choosy, I’m female.  Strawberries are the epitome of summer or spring? Ok both.  Salad, well those can get boring. Fast.  This salad isn’t boring. It’s perfect. Like a sunny day and rain only once in awhile to keep things green.  So go make it. Then proclaim summer has arrived and do a happy dance with me.  It’s normal to dance over food.  I do it all the time. 

This recipe makes either 3 adult servings or 2 adults and 2 children. 

The salad starts by cooking up an entire package of bacon in a cast iron skillet. Preferably pastured bacon. You can either chop it then cook it or cook then chop. 

Drain your grease into a glass jar and save it for other uses. Like frying eggs. It’s divine. 

Then make NomNom Paleo’s recipe for cracklin chicken. It will complete you. I made it according to her recommendation by using her magic mushroom powder for seasoning. So. Much. Flavor.  I made mine in batches and used 2 1/2 lbs of chicken thighs which was 6 thighs. 

While the chicken is cooking, cut up the salad greens and strawberries.  Feel free to change up the greens used in this.  My daughter cut up a whole head of romaine (~4 cups) and added in 3 cups of organic spring mix.  Wash and slice 2 cups strawberries and sprinkle them over the greens in serving dishes.  Add the bacon. 

The chicken should be cooked at this point and possibly partially cooled.  Unless you’re a sous-chef or something and can chop at mock speed.  Then mad props to you and your skills!  I however get interrupted quite often to watch dances or feed children that can’t-take-one-more-minute-without-being-fed or they’ll shrivel up to nothing. My chicken wasn’t hot.  With a sharp knife slice the chicke in thin slices and place on the salad. 

Whip up the dressing or use your own but this one was delicious.  1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 medium strawberries hulled, 1/2 tsp salt and a few cranks of black pepper. Blend in a mini blender, food processor or with immersion blender. Drizzle over salad and moan because it’s so dang good.    

Cracklin Chicken Strawberry Salad

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