It's not a new technique for celebrity chefs, magazines, and television networks to capitalize on Americans' lack of time — Rachael Ray's entire existence depends on creating 30-minute meals. What is less common, however, is a recipe that can actually be made in the allotted (short) amount of time.
When I saw this recipe for chicken salad in a Bon Appétit article entitled 15 Dishes in 15 Minutes, I was beyond skeptical. I decided to put it to the test, and surprisingly, it was ready in exactly 15 minutes!
Combine shortcuts like using rotisserie chicken and feta crumbles with minimal chopping, and the result is a dish that is wildly fast, wonderfully easy, and ridiculously delicious. If you're in need of a quick, simple, and balanced meal, consider this salad. To check out the recipe,
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 large shallot, chopped
3 tablespoons almond oil, walnut oil, or grapeseed oil
3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
3 large bunches watercress, thick stems trimmed
2 fully cooked chicken breast halves, meat torn into bite-size pieces
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
4 apricots, pitted, each half cut into wedges
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
With its white balsamic vinegar and almond and grapeseed oils, the ingredient list is a bit pretentious; I subbed in sherry vinegar and olive oil.
- Combine vinegar and shallot in medium bowl. Whisk in both oils. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
- Place watercress, chicken, cheese, and apricots in large bowl. Add dressing; toss.
- Divide salad among 4 plates. Sprinkle each with almonds.
- Salads, Main Dishes