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Chicken Berry Salad With Creamy Lemon Dressing And Almonds -- Gluten Free

Chicken Berry Salad With Gluten Free Lemon Dressing And Almonds photo by LynnKK
Chicken Berry Salad With Gluten Free Lemon Dressing And Almonds photo by LynnKK

Picture by LynnKK

Bursting With SeasonalĀ Berries And A Tart, Tangy Dressing -- A Salad To Commemorate A Magical Day

Every August my cousin Susie and I go wild blueberry picking up the Echo Trail north of Ely, Minnesota. Our goal is to pick enough berries for a pie or two to treat family and friends with enough left over to freeze for the fall and winter. Both of us love to bring out a wild blueberry pie to jazz up the Thanksgiving dessert table in November, and I am not adverse to dipping into what is left of my cache to make some muffins, pancakes or a yogurt parfait. Or a salad to cheer me up at the end of a grueling winter.

An Idyllic Day With A Delicious Ending

We went picking this past August, two fifty something women who are not particularly worried about exploring the woods on our own. I got in the car at about five am and drove from Minneapolis to Ely. Takes about four hours midweek, and I had beautiful weather so I pulled in about nine. Once we had fortified ourselves with coffee and a chat we got back into the car and drove up the trail. This area of the world is where my father grew up, with his sister, Susie's mom, and three brothers. I love it and treasure every moment I am able to spend there.

Susie had a number of berry patches in mind, and we were able to get enough for that pair of pies each and some extras to parcel out over the winter. It was a beautiful day and we took our time picking, talking, laughing and absorbing the glorious scenery. Around four o'clock in the afternoon we drove to Susie's cabin on Burntside Lake, a crystal clear remnant of the glaciers.

We were hot, a little bug bitten, a lot grubby and game for one more adventure. We clambered down the long stairs from the road to the cabin, changed into swimming suits and jumped in the lake. After a swim across the bay and back, and a nice visit with some other relatives who had motored over on their pontoon boat, we climbed back up the stairs and drove back to Ely.

A Simple But Succulent Dinner

For some reason we were loath to just send me on my way. We decided to go to a local restaurant for a light dinner before I left. Neither of us had ever been to Rockwood right on the main drag, Sheridan Street. Remember, we are moms, grandmas (in Susie's case) and aunties -- usually cooking for a crowd, not eating out, just the two of us.

Rockwood fed us well. We were definitely hungry, but the meal would have been delicious no matter what. Susie had some walleye cakes and I had a luscious chicken blueberry salad with a creamy lemon dressing. It was so amazingly good I felt like licking the plate. The dressing was what really made it special, a magical potion that was so light, tart and tangy, a perfect foil for grilled chicken and the blueberries.

Creamy Dream Come True

I have actually dreamed about that salad. Today I decided to replicate the light, lemony dressing and the fresh, leafy, crunchy salad. With a few ingredients, including the last handful of wild blueberries, I believe I came close. Give it a try and see if you like it well enough to lick the plate. I am not telling what happened to mine, but I have a very satisfied smile on my face.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 1

Ingredients

  • Creamy Lemon Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise (I make sure mine is gluten free)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Finely grated zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Your favorite blend of herbs -- dried or fresh, or a combination. I used 1 teaspoon of a dried French blend and a healthy sprinkle of fresh chives.
  • Chicken Berry Salad:
  • Your favorite lettuce blend -- I used a mix of butter lettuces.
  • 1 rib of celery thinly sliced -- feel free to add other veggies.
  • 1/4 cup diced cucumber
  • Your choice of berries -- I used about 6 fresh strawberries thinly sliced, 6 fresh raspberries and a handful of frozen wild blueberries.
  • 1 cooked chicken breast cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 handful of roasted almonds, sliced or chopped

    Instructions

    1. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing, reserving the chives, in a jar and shake. This will be a pretty tart dressing, so if you are not a fan of super tangy reduce the amount of lemon juice by half. Save the chives to stir in at the last minute or sprinkle them on top of the finished, dressed salad. (This will make more dressing than you need for one serving -- store reminder in the fridge and add the fresh herbs, if using, when you make the salad.)
    2. Layer lettuce, chicken, celery, and berries, pour on the dressing and sprinkle with almonds and the chives, if you have reserved them.
    3. Close your eyes, imagine a late August sunset and dig in.

     Last updated on June 30, 2014

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    SusanDeppner profile image

    SusanDeppner 5 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

    Looks and sounds absolutely delicious. I'm inspired!


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    Merrci 5 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 8 Commenter

    Now doesn't this one look amazing! Have to try it with so many yummy ingredients in it. Thanks for sharing!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Merrci: It was just the ticket after another day with minus zero windchills here in the Polar Vortex. Hope you enjoy!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan! I am now thinking about some mandarin oranges I have languishing in the refrigerator! Maybe a tangerine option to the dressing is in the offing!


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    Elsie Hagley 5 months ago from New Zealand Level 7 Commenter

    You have a very nice review about this recipe and I'm looking forward to having this tasty, healthy salad.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Elsie Hagley: Thanks kiwinana! Enjoy.


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    Johanna Eisler 5 months ago Level 3 Commenter

    I get my inspiration for recipes from delicious lenses like this one! I'd love to dig into this salad right now!


    jessie067 5 months ago

    great recipe!


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    kyle-johnson lm 5 months ago

    Makes me feel like summer,thank you for sharing.


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    esmonaco 5 months ago from Lakewood New York Level 7 Commenter

    Another amazing recipe, it sure looks like your trip paid off, can't wait until this August!!! I'm going to pin this one also, Congratulations on LOTD Well Deserverd :)


    thegembank 5 months ago

    This is great.. all I need now is a little time to try this.


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    Rhonda Lytle 5 months ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie Level 6 Commenter

    It's gorgeous! I love all the color.


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    SusanDeppner 5 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

    Back to congratulate you on your yummy Lens of the Day!


    tonyleather 5 months ago

    This looks very appetising!


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    DebMartin 5 months ago Level 3 Commenter

    Oh, my. This looks and sounds amazing!


    anonymous 5 months ago

    Mmm, i want to try it. I couldn't wait to prepare it!


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    Faye Rutledge 5 months ago from Concord VA Level 5 Commenter

    Mmmm, sounds wonderful! :)


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Faye Rutledge: I hope you try it! Thanks for the visit.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @anonymous: Hope you like it! Thanks for the visit.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @DebMartin: Thank you! I hope you give it a try.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @tonyleather: Thanks, Tony! Appreciate your visit.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @SusanDeppner: Thanks, Susan!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Rhonda Lytle: It is pretty colorful, but it is that almond crunch that gets me! Thanks for the visit.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @thegembank: Thanks for the visit. It come together pretty quickly. Enjoy!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @esmonaco: Thanks, Sam! Always love seeing you around Squid town. Appreciate your support.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @kyle-johnson lm: Thanks for your visit. it is a real summery feeling recipe, but with frozen berries we can have all year round!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @jessie067: Thank you so much for your comment. Appreciate it.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Johanna Eisler: Thanks, Joie! Nice to see you again.


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    Lionrhod 5 months ago from I could be anywhere Level 3 Commenter

    Now you have me dreaming of this salad. I have to make it. Thank you and congrats on LotD


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Lionrhod: Thanks so much! It is pretty dreamy, but I had inspiration. Can't claim really anything but the picture. Enjoy.


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    favored 5 months ago from USA Level 7 Commenter

    This looks delicious and I could go for it right now. Congratulations on LotD.


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    GrammieOlivia 5 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

    This looks so delicous, it's lunch time and now I really want something good for me to eat! Congrats on LoTD!


    anonymous 5 months ago

    Terrific recipe. Congratulations on getting LotD!


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    Im2keys 5 months ago Level 1 Commenter

    love your story and the recipe looks quite yummy :o) congrats on lotd!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Im2keys: Thanks for the visit and the like! Such a supportive environment here today. :-)


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @GrammieOlivia: Thanks, Grammieo. Appreciate the squidlike and hope you enjoy the salad it you make it.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @anonymous: Thanks times two! Appreciate the kind words. Thanks for stopping by.


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    Dressage Husband 5 months ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada Level 5 Commenter

    From good cook books mainly Vegan and also my mood. I will mix Italian spicing if that takes my fancy or Thai, or Indian as the mood takes me. These days we are in love with my Vitamix bender so we make a lot of raw fruit and vegetable salad dressings and Green smoothies, Yum!

    This salad looks dreamy but a bit naughty (because of the cream!). Well done on LOTD


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @favored: Thanks for the kind words and the Squidlike. Means a lot. Give it a try -- everyone can tweak it to his or her own taste.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Dressage Husband: You know the cream is not so bad. :-) Got to have a little fun and brains run on fat (rationalizing? Maybe.)

    Thanks for your visit and your kinds words. Let us know where the difference spice mixes take you.


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    Diana Wenzel 5 months ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

    I get my inspiration right here. Of course, I want to go blueberry picking with you now. Can you believe this native Minnesotan has never done that? This salad looks beyond spectacular. Can't wait to try it. Congrats on Lens of the Day! Deliciously done.


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    delia-delia 5 months ago Level 5 Commenter

    Congratulations on LOTD! Sounds delicious...everything I like to eat..I cook with what I have handy and don't follow recipes, however I do get ideas from recipes.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Diana Wenzel: Thanks so much-- and drop me a line if you want to berry pick next August!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @delia-delia: I do the same thing, but these lenses are making me write things down! Thanks for the kind words.


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    ConjuringCrystal 5 months ago

    Wow This looks great I can't wait to try it...thanks for sharing


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    Arachnea 5 months ago from Texas USA Level 6 Commenter

    The salad looks simply scrumptious. It is fun to pick berries. I used to drive up to Columbia when I was stationed in South Carolina. Berries grew all along the river and the scenery made for a wonderful walk.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Arachnea: Sounds like good memories. Thanks for the visit and the Squidlike!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @ConjuringCrystal: Thank you for your visit! Hope you enjoy it.


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    Merrci 5 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 8 Commenter

    Just wanted to stop back to congratulate you on Lens of the Day, Lynn! The salad is drool-worthy! I'm excited for you!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Merrci: Thanks, Merrci! That really means a lot to me coming from you--so many great recipes and other high quality lenses.


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    alienbritt 5 months ago Level 1 Commenter

    I've had something similar, it's so delicious!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @alienbritt: It is -- light and lush, if that makes any sense! Thanks for the visit.


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    JoanieMRuppel54 5 months ago from Keller, Texas Level 3 Commenter

    Loved your story, I was right there with you picking berries. Going to do this for the first time in Arkansas in June. Maybe I will make your salad afterwards?


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @JoanieMRuppel54: Thanks! Hope you have luck and a delicious salad.


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    ecogranny 5 months ago from San Francisco Level 7 Commenter

    Not only is your story delightful and puts me right there in the woods with you, but your recipe is positively scrumptious. For chicken lovers, it has to be a real treat, and for vegetarians and trying-to-be-veg people like me, it would be plenty easy to substitute another protein for the chicken.

    Thank you for a fun read and a tasty recipe. Pinning, posting to the new Facebook page titled "Cooking with Whole Grains & Whole Foods," and I invite you to post a link to it in the plexo on my lens titled, "I'm the Cooking with Whole Grains and Whole Foods contributor on Squidoo."


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @ecogranny: Thank you so very much, Grace! Thank you for the invite -- I will post it!


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    Spirality 5 months ago Level 2 Commenter

    It looks absolutely delicious. Now I really wished that I liked other types of berries besides strawberries. Salivating with envy! Great recipes.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @Spirality: Strawberries would be fantastic on their own! Thanks for the kind comment.


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    SofyBelle 5 months ago Level 2 Commenter

    This sounds absolutely amazing and my mouth starts watering just by looking at the picture. Thank you so much for the recipe. I will be making this tonight!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @SofyBelle: Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by.


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    KimGiancaterino 5 months ago from California

    This looks so delicious. We're just getting our first berry blossoms now, so if the critters leave us any we should be able to make a nice salad later in the spring.


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @KimGiancaterino: That sounds wonderful --- hope you like it. Thanks for the visit and the like.


    malvika28 5 months ago

    it looks tasty. i will try and make this.

    keep up the good work.

    p.s- i made my first lense. please see it and give me some tips...as i am new here.. i dont know much about writing and stuff.

    heelllppp me!! :P


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @malvika28: Thanks for the visit. I cannot see your lens - doesn't appear any have been published for you yet.


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    ValPage 5 months ago Level 1 Commenter

    num num... looks so delicious... my mouth's watering.. :P


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    Lynn Klobuchar 5 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @ValPage: Try it! I think you will like it.


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    leilasi 4 months ago from Belgium

    Mmmm looks yummy!!!


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    Lynn Klobuchar 4 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @leilasi: Thanks! It is pretty delicious.


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    AtlantaGeorgia LM 4 months ago Level 1 Commenter

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! It looks delicious and I'm going to make it for a picnic next weekend. :)


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    Lynn Klobuchar 4 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Hub Author

    @AtlantaGeorgia LM: Hope you enjoy it!

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