Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, April 2, 2012

With warmer weather on the way, it's always nice to have salad as a main meal. Here in the south, the humidity is so oppressing at times, even with the A/C on, that turning on my oven and heating up my west facing kitchen, is the LAST thing I want to do. So salads to the rescue! I love a fruit/meat combo...sweet and savory, if you will...so this salad is like heaven to me! If you don't like that, then you can leave out the pineapple that this recipe calls for...but then you'd have to rename the salad since the pineapple is what give it it's tropical-ness.

Chicken Tropical Salad

1 bag Romain lettuce
1 4-ounce bag pine nuts - toasted
2 Roma tomatoes
1 cup diced pineapple
1 avocado - chopped
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts  seasoned and grilled, then cut into chunks

You can put everything into one large bowl or put everything into separate bowls and let people pick and choose what they like.

Here's the salad stuff. Grill the chicken....

..toast the pine nuts. Combine it all into a bowl...

..or into separate bowls and chow down!!! (See the little bowl in the bottom left corner? The bowl filled with something green? Watch for a later post as to what THAT is. Yum!)

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 - 3 Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine everything into a food processor and whirl until combined. Makes about 3 cups of dressing.

Here's what you need for the 
Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Throw everything into a food 
processor until smooth and creamy.