i should be mopping the floor: Red, White, and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad Infused with Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Red, White, and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad Infused with Bigelow Tea

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

This Red, White, and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad has an amazing black tea raspberry dressing that is made with Bigelow English Teatime Black Tea, fresh raspberries, and a few other delicious ingredients. It's a mouthful of yum! Perfect to take to your Labor Day picnic or cookout! #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias

It seems like summer is always the most patriotic time of year. We bookend {and center} it with red, white and blue fun! As we get ready to leave summer in the rear view mirror {sniff, sniff}, I have one last recipe with America written all over it...Red, White, and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad. It's infused with flavors of delicious Bigelow English Teatime Tea...both in the dressing and the marinade of the chicken. Here's how I put it all together>>>
First of all, the dressing is what really takes this dish straight on up to salad nirvana. It's sweetened by raspberries, honey and delicious black tea. This is the type of salad for which you can prepare almost everything the night before...and then grill your chicken and assemble the salad the day that you're serving.

Here's what you'll need to make this dish:

Dressing Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Black Tea {I brew more and then use some for the dressing and some for the marinade}
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups raspberries
- 2 tablespoons blueberries

Marinade Ingredients:
- 1 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Tea
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salad Ingredients:
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 4 cups spinach and Arugula lettuce leaves {these are easy to find already mixed together in the pre-made salad containers}
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted in 1 teaspoon of butter
- 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles


I start out by brewing the Bigelow Tea. I brew a little over a cup to use for the entire recipe. I let it cool to room temperature and then use 1/4 cup for the dressing. Did you know that Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation is America’s largest working tea garden? Guests are invited to the Charleston Tea Plantation for weddings, tours and even a variety of music festivals {how fun!}. It’s a tea-riffic way to experience historic Southern culture and a living piece of American history!

For the dressing>>>
Add tea, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, lemon juice, and Kosher salt to a food processor or blender. Give it one spin to start mixing ingredients. Add raspberries and blueberries and process on high until it's completely mixed and the fruit is pureed all the way. Refrigerate overnight. 

For the marinade and chicken>>>
Combine remainder of brewed tea {about a cup}, olive oil, and honey in a large dish with a secure lid. Shake and mix well. Uncover and add chicken. Cover and flip container to ensure that chicken is coated in marinade. Refrigerate overnight.

To assemble salad>>>
Toast walnuts in butter and allow to cool. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Grill chicken until done. Allow to cool for ten minutes before thinly slicing into strips.
Lay out your salad and top with raspberries, blueberries, walnuts, blue cheese and chicken strips. Drizzle with salad dressing.



I'm pretty sure it's salad perfection.
Perfection.


Using chicken that is still slightly warm adds a bit of fun to this salad and makes it feel a bit fancy. Along with the crumbled blue cheese and walnuts, this makes it ridiculously delicious. The flavor of the tea throughout the salad is really light and delicious, too.


You can pick up Bigelow's English Teatime Tea at Walmart...they have a fantastic tea selection! I love their Plantation Mint flavor served over ice...it's perfect this time of the year. Bigelow Tea is All American: 100% American-made by an American Family. It's an American Company for the American consumer.


Bigelow truly is #AmericasTea! I live in a city with one of the largest US Army posts {Killeen/Fort Hood} and so many of our friends are currently serving both here on post and overseas, as well. I love that almost 4 million bags of tea have been sent to troops overseas with Bigelow’s Tea for Troops program. Find additional information about Tea for Troops at https://www.bigelowtea.com/Responsibility/Support-Our-Troops

For more information on Bigelow Tea, for ideas and to be inspired in so many ways, check out Bigelow on Pinterest here:


And for even more tea inspiration, follow Bigelow on Facebook here and Twitter here
It's fun to stay up with all of their latest happenings!

Neglect your chores like me and don't miss a thing:




10 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow that looks so incredibly great! I love summer food.

    Sarah @ Backwoods Babies

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oooh, this sounds seriously delicious! And it looks gorgeous, too!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow, this looks amazing! The pictures had my mouth watering and I love the idea of a dressing with Bigelow tea! #client

    ReplyDelete
  5. English teatime is one of my favorites!

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a beautiful salad! I've tried many fruity salad dressings, but I don't think I've ever had brewed tea in one before. It sounds delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  7. This looks so fun and delicious! I've never thought of using tea in cooking before!

    ReplyDelete