SPRING SALAD SERIES
Roasted Vegetables and Poached Chicken on a bed of herbs and Kamala Olives
This salad is pretty simple but it incorporates basically all of our favourite foods so we’re pretty excited to share it with you guys! Who doesn’t love garlic-y roasted veggies, tender poached chicken, herbs, avocado, olives and olive oil?! We absolutely love all of these ingredients and make a version of this salad often at home. Grilled salmon or finely sliced lamb backstrap or even a nice eye fillet steak goes wonderfully.
It’s one of our staple dishes so make it with love and enjoy with close friends and family
Ingredients Opt for organic ingredients if possible
– 2 small to medium potatoes
– 1 fennel bulb
– 2 to 4 carrots
– 1 beetroot
– 1 leek
– 3 cups of finely chopped herbs and greens of choice. We used parsley, fennel leaves, rosemary, chives and spinach
– 10 pitted Kamala Olives
– 2 organic chicken breasts
– Half an avocado
– 2 tbsp of Olive oil (the the dressing and for the roasting)
– 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
– 1 teaspoon of cumin
– Himalayan salt
1. Set your oven to about 175 degrees Celsius.
2. Cup on all your root veggies into generous sized chunks. Scatter onto an oven tray and drizzle with olive oil, himalayan salt, pepper and cumin. We also added a few rosemary sprigs, a few a couple of cloves of garlic (leave the outer skin on) and some thyme from the garden.
3. Once oven is ready, place your veggies in. They will take about half an hour to get nicely roasted and golden. Thats you’re prep for your roasted veggies done, now you can work on your greens. You really can use any herbs that you may have on hand for this salad. We have heaps of parsley, chives, fennel leaves, spinach and rosemary so we roughly cut them all up and scattered them onto two plates.
4. As your veggies are roasting, bring a saucepan of water to the boil. As you are waiting for the water to boil, slice your two chicken breasts into about 2 centimetre pieces. You should be able to cut about 4 to 5 pieces per breast.
5. When the water is boiling, add your chicken. The pieces will be readily poached when they sort of start to float to the top. Around 5 to 10 minutes (its a bit of a guessing game to be honest! so keep checking them – you don’t want to ‘over poach’ them as that will make them dry and chewy!)
6. Your veggies and chicken should be done around the same time. Distribute the veggies evenly onto the two plates (with the already made greens) and top with your nicely poached chicken.
7. Now for the finishing touches. Add around 5 olives to each plate, plus a quarter of an avocado. We like to create an ‘avo slide’ by finely slicing the avocado and melding it into the shape of a ‘slide’ Refer to the photos
8. We keep our salad dressings simple with just olive oil, apple cider vinegar, himalayan salt and pepper.
M + S xx