Summery Salad

submitted by Ronalee Crafton MacQueen of Eagle Point, Oregon

The secret ingredient in this refreshing summery salad? Fish sauce. It provides a savory, salty element that unites the herbs and fruit without tasting a bit “fishy.”

Total: 1 hour
Yield: Serves 4

* 1 1/2 pounds boned, skinned chicken breasts
* 3/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut*
* 3/4 cup lime juice
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 1 1/2 tablespoons Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
* 2 tablespoons minced, seeded jalapeño chiles
* 2 teaspoons canola oil
* 1 1/2 cups lightly packed small fresh mint leaves
* 1 1/2 cups lightly packed small fresh basil leaves
* 1/2 cup lightly packed small cilantro sprigs
* 1 quart strawberries, hulled and quartered


1. Heat 4 qts. water to boiling in a 5- to 6-qt. pan. Add chicken, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand until chicken is no longer pink in center, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and let cool.

2. Preheat oven to 350°. Toast coconut in a pan until light golden, 4 minutes. Let cool.

3. Combine lime juice, sugar, fish sauce, chiles, and oil in a large bowl. Tear chicken into bite-size shreds; toss with dressing. Just before serving, gently mix in herbs and berries. Pile on plates and top with coconut.

Shortcut: Use 4 cups shredded meat from a 2 1/2-lb. rotisserie chicken (don’t poach).

*Buy unsweetened flaked coconut in the baking aisle or at a health-food store.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
Nutritional Information

Calories: 401 (37% from fat)
Protein: 38g
Fat: 17g (sat 9.9)
Carbohydrate: 28g
Fiber: 7g
Sodium: 616mg
Cholesterol: 94mg