This 4th of July will be a little different than usual since we won’t be celebrating in good ‘ole America. Fortunately for me, my American best friends are arriving in Zurich this Thursday, July 4th, and we are going to make our own party. As soon as my girlfriends found out I was moving abroad, the trip planning begin. We hit some minor bumps along the road, but we finally landed on meeting in Zurich and then heading to Croatia for a week of exploring and fun in the sun.
While I wait for my friends to arrive, I’m trying to get in the 4th of July spirit without having any red, white, and blue surrounding me. I bought a ton of colorful berries at the farmer’s market and made my own version of one of my favorite summer salads from Lettuce in Walnut Creek. Since I seemed to have all the colors, it only felt right to make my own little American flag.
I think this is the first salad I have ever posted on this blog, but really it is a salad for fellow dessert lovers; the sweetness in the berries and candied pecans makes for a perfect summer lunch!
Summer Berry Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
- 1 basket strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 1 small container of blueberries
- 1 small container of raspberries
- Mixed Greens
- Candied Pecans (buy or make your own)
Rosemary Baked Chicken:
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
- Fresh or dried roasemary
- Salt and pepper to taste
Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing:
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- pepper to taste
Preheat the oven the 350° F. Place your chicken breasts in a baking dish and sprinkle with seasonings. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until all the pink is gone. Take out of the oven and let cool. Once cool, cut into slices and set aside.
For the dressing, place all your ingredients in a small jar with a lid. Tighten the lid to the jar and shake it until the dressing is mixed. Taste and adjust according to your preference.
Lay out all the ingredients for your guests to arrange their own salads!
If you want to make them festive, you can put the blueberries in the left corner, make stripes with the red fruit, and stripes with the white chicken.
And lookie what we have here…a 4th of July Berry salad!
Seems that even expats can be Patriotic.