“Mom, you have to blog this Grilled Chicken & Kumquat Spring Salad. It is one of the best I have ever tasted!” my daughter exclaimed as she took her first few bites. And I would have to agree, it was so delicious we ate the whole salad between the two of us! The vinaigrette has a lite and citrus taste that compliments but does not over-power the salad, and the kumquats are a great combination of sweet and tart all together. Add grilled chicken, toasted slivered almonds, scallions and diced pear and you have the makings of one fine salad. Top it off with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and you have a perfect lite summer meal!
I visited my daughter and grandson this past weekend while her husband was away on a business trip. And let me tell you, there is nothing that melts a Nana’s heart more than squeezing that little guy!
After a fun day of enjoying them both, it was time to make something yummy. Feeling like a lite meal, I ran to the store to pick up salad ingredients for making an Asian chicken salad. When I got back, my daughter asked where the mandarin oranges were, which I had forgotten. Sometimes the best things are born when you have to improvise! We decided to forgo the Asian salad and begin from scratch. She had kumquats and pears, so we made a lite citrus flavored salad with grilled chicken. I know for certain I will be making this Grilled Chicken & Kumquat Spring Salad several times this summer! The flavors complimented each other so well; we kept commenting on how delicious it was.
Kumquats are generally not one of those “everyday” fruits, in fact I have passed them by in the grocery store for years. They look like a baby orange, but you don’t want to peel them. Their sweetness is in the rind, which seems opposite, but not in this case. The insides are quite tart, so you definitely want to eat the rind to balance the taste. Just wash them well and slice them thin.
Trader Joe’s sells a most delicious Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar. I’ve listed this as one of the ingredients for the salad dressing. If you do not have a Trader Joe’s near you, increase the rice vinegar to 3 Tbsp and add a fresh squeeze of orange juice to the dressing. But definitely use the Orange Muscat if you can.
Grill your chicken adding a little salt & pepper and chop into bite-size pieces.