Chicken Berry Salad With Gluten Free Lemon Dressing And Almonds photo by LynnKK

Chicken Berry Salad With Creamy Lemon Dressing And Almonds -- Gluten Free

Picture by LynnKK

Bursting With Seasonal Berries And A Tart, Tangy Dressing — A Salad To Commemorate A Magical Day

Every August my cousin Susie and I go wild blueberry picking up the Echo Trail north of Ely, Minnesota. Our goal is to pick enough berries for a pie or two to treat family and friends with enough left over to freeze for the fall and winter. Both of us love to bring out a wild blueberry pie to jazz up the Thanksgiving dessert table in November, and I am not adverse to dipping into what is left of my cache to make some muffins, pancakes or a yogurt parfait. Or a salad to cheer me up at the end of a grueling winter.

An Idyllic Day With A Delicious Ending

We went picking this past August, two fifty something women who are not particularly worried about exploring the woods on our own. I got in the car at about five am and drove from Minneapolis to Ely. Takes about four hours midweek, and I had beautiful weather so I pulled in about nine. Once we had fortified ourselves with coffee and a chat we got back into the car and drove up the trail. This area of the world is where my father grew up, with his sister, Susie’s mom, and three brothers. I love it and treasure every moment I am able to spend there.

Susie had a number of berry patches in mind, and we were able to get enough for that pair of pies each and some extras to parcel out over the winter. It was a beautiful day and we took our time picking, talking, laughing and absorbing the glorious scenery. Around four o’clock in the afternoon we drove to Susie’s cabin on Burntside Lake, a crystal clear remnant of the glaciers.

We were hot, a little bug bitten, a lot grubby and game for one more adventure. We clambered down the long stairs from the road to the cabin, changed into swimming suits and jumped in the lake. After a swim across the bay and back, and a nice visit with some other relatives who had motored over on their pontoon boat, we climbed back up the stairs and drove back to Ely.

A Simple But Succulent Dinner

For some reason we were loath to just send me on my way. We decided to go to a local restaurant for a light dinner before I left. Neither of us had ever been to Rockwood right on the main drag, Sheridan Street. Remember, we are moms, grandmas (in Susie’s case) and aunties — usually cooking for a crowd, not eating out, just the two of us.

Rockwood fed us well. We were definitely hungry, but the meal would have been delicious no matter what. Susie had some walleye cakes and I had a luscious chicken blueberry salad with a creamy lemon dressing. It was so amazingly good I felt like licking the plate. The dressing was what really made it special, a magical potion that was so light, tart and tangy, a perfect foil for grilled chicken and the blueberries.

Creamy Dream Come True

I have actually dreamed about that salad. Today I decided to replicate the light, lemony dressing and the fresh, leafy, crunchy salad. With a few ingredients, including the last handful of wild blueberries, I believe I came close. Give it a try and see if you like it well enough to lick the plate. I am not telling what happened to mine, but I have a very satisfied smile on my face.

  • Serves: 1
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  • Creamy Lemon Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise (I make sure mine is gluten free)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Finely grated zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Your favorite blend of herbs -- dried or fresh, or a combination. I used 1 teaspoon of a dried French blend and a healthy sprinkle of fresh chives.
  • Chicken Berry Salad:
  • Your favorite lettuce blend -- I used a mix of butter lettuces.
  • 1 rib of celery thinly sliced -- feel free to add other veggies.
  • 1/4 cup diced cucumber
  • Your choice of berries -- I used about 6 fresh strawberries thinly sliced, 6 fresh raspberries and a handful of frozen wild blueberries.
  • 1 cooked chicken breast cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 handful of roasted almonds, sliced or chopped


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing, reserving the chives, in a jar and shake. This will be a pretty tart dressing, so if you are not a fan of super tangy reduce the amount of lemon juice by half. Save the chives to stir in at the last minute or sprinkle them on top of the finished, dressed salad. (This will make more dressing than you need for one serving -- store reminder in the fridge and add the fresh herbs, if using, when you make the salad.)
  2. Layer lettuce, chicken, celery, and berries, pour on the dressing and sprinkle with almonds and the chives, if you have reserved them.
  3. Close your eyes, imagine a late August sunset and dig in.

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  • AtlantaGeorgia Apr 28, 2014 @ 12:04 pm
    Thank you for sharing this recipe! It looks delicious and I'm going to make it for a picnic next weekend. :)
  • LynnKK Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:34 pm
    Hope you enjoy it!
  • leilasi Apr 24, 2014 @ 6:48 am
    Mmmm looks yummy!!!
  • LynnKK Apr 24, 2014 @ 11:28 am
    Thanks! It is pretty delicious.
  • OliviaBennet Apr 14, 2014 @ 5:23 am
    num num... looks so delicious... my mouth's watering.. :P
  • LynnKK Apr 14, 2014 @ 3:54 pm
    Try it! I think you will like it.
  • malvika28 Apr 07, 2014 @ 3:37 pm
    it looks tasty. i will try and make this.
    keep up the good work.

    p.s- i made my first lense. please see it and give me some i am new here.. i dont know much about writing and stuff.
    heelllppp me!! :P
  • LynnKK Apr 07, 2014 @ 5:19 pm
    Thanks for the visit. I cannot see your lens - doesn't appear any have been published for you yet.
  • KimGiancaterino Apr 06, 2014 @ 2:17 pm
    This looks so delicious. We're just getting our first berry blossoms now, so if the critters leave us any we should be able to make a nice salad later in the spring.
  • LynnKK Apr 06, 2014 @ 3:08 pm
    That sounds wonderful --- hope you like it. Thanks for the visit and the like.
  • SofyBelle Apr 03, 2014 @ 11:55 am
    This sounds absolutely amazing and my mouth starts watering just by looking at the picture. Thank you so much for the recipe. I will be making this tonight!
  • LynnKK Apr 03, 2014 @ 8:32 pm
    Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by.
  • Spirality Apr 02, 2014 @ 9:09 pm
    It looks absolutely delicious. Now I really wished that I liked other types of berries besides strawberries. Salivating with envy! Great recipes.
  • LynnKK Apr 02, 2014 @ 9:12 pm
    Strawberries would be fantastic on their own! Thanks for the kind comment.
  • Graceonline Apr 01, 2014 @ 11:54 am
    Not only is your story delightful and puts me right there in the woods with you, but your recipe is positively scrumptious. For chicken lovers, it has to be a real treat, and for vegetarians and trying-to-be-veg people like me, it would be plenty easy to substitute another protein for the chicken.

    Thank you for a fun read and a tasty recipe. Pinning, posting to the new Facebook page titled "Cooking with Whole Grains & Whole Foods," and I invite you to post a link to it in the plexo on my lens titled, "I'm the Cooking with Whole Grains and Whole Foods contributor on Squidoo."
  • LynnKK Apr 01, 2014 @ 12:05 pm
    Thank you so very much, Grace! Thank you for the invite -- I will post it!
  • jsr54 Mar 31, 2014 @ 11:51 pm
    Loved your story, I was right there with you picking berries. Going to do this for the first time in Arkansas in June. Maybe I will make your salad afterwards?
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 11:54 pm
    Thanks! Hope you have luck and a delicious salad.
  • alienbritt Mar 31, 2014 @ 11:28 pm
    I've had something similar, it's so delicious!
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 11:30 pm
    It is -- light and lush, if that makes any sense! Thanks for the visit.
  • Merrci Mar 31, 2014 @ 7:52 pm
    Just wanted to stop back to congratulate you on Lens of the Day, Lynn! The salad is drool-worthy! I'm excited for you!
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 8:56 pm
    Thanks, Merrci! That really means a lot to me coming from you--so many great recipes and other high quality lenses.
  • Arachnea Mar 31, 2014 @ 5:09 pm
    The salad looks simply scrumptious. It is fun to pick berries. I used to drive up to Columbia when I was stationed in South Carolina. Berries grew all along the river and the scenery made for a wonderful walk.
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 5:39 pm
    Sounds like good memories. Thanks for the visit and the Squidlike!
  • ConjuringCrystal Mar 31, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
    Wow This looks great I can't wait to try it...thanks for sharing
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 5:40 pm
    Thank you for your visit! Hope you enjoy it.
  • d-artist Mar 31, 2014 @ 2:35 pm
    Congratulations on LOTD! Sounds delicious...everything I like to eat..I cook with what I have handy and don't follow recipes, however I do get ideas from recipes.
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 3:36 pm
    I do the same thing, but these lenses are making me write things down! Thanks for the kind words.
  • RenaissanceWoman2010 Mar 31, 2014 @ 2:17 pm
    I get my inspiration right here. Of course, I want to go blueberry picking with you now. Can you believe this native Minnesotan has never done that? This salad looks beyond spectacular. Can't wait to try it. Congrats on Lens of the Day! Deliciously done.
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 3:35 pm
    Thanks so much-- and drop me a line if you want to berry pick next August!
  • StephenJParkin Mar 31, 2014 @ 2:02 pm
    From good cook books mainly Vegan and also my mood. I will mix Italian spicing if that takes my fancy or Thai, or Indian as the mood takes me. These days we are in love with my Vitamix bender so we make a lot of raw fruit and vegetable salad dressings and Green smoothies, Yum!

    This salad looks dreamy but a bit naughty (because of the cream!). Well done on LOTD
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 2:04 pm
    You know the cream is not so bad. :-) Got to have a little fun and brains run on fat (rationalizing? Maybe.)
    Thanks for your visit and your kinds words. Let us know where the difference spice mixes take you.
  • im2keys Mar 31, 2014 @ 1:32 pm
    love your story and the recipe looks quite yummy :o) congrats on lotd!
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 1:59 pm
    Thanks for the visit and the like! Such a supportive environment here today. :-)
  • Mar 31, 2014 @ 12:25 pm
    Terrific recipe. Congratulations on getting LotD!
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
    Thanks times two! Appreciate the kind words. Thanks for stopping by.
  • grammieo Mar 31, 2014 @ 12:07 pm
    This looks so delicous, it's lunch time and now I really want something good for me to eat! Congrats on LoTD!
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
    Thanks, Grammieo. Appreciate the squidlike and hope you enjoy the salad it you make it.
  • favored1 Mar 31, 2014 @ 11:58 am
    This looks delicious and I could go for it right now. Congratulations on LotD.
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 2:02 pm
    Thanks for the kind words and the Squidlike. Means a lot. Give it a try -- everyone can tweak it to his or her own taste.
  • Lionrhod Mar 31, 2014 @ 11:03 am
    Now you have me dreaming of this salad. I have to make it. Thank you and congrats on LotD
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 11:20 am
    Thanks so much! It is pretty dreamy, but I had inspiration. Can't claim really anything but the picture. Enjoy.
  • partybuzz Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:21 am
    Mmmm, sounds wonderful! :)
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:38 am
    I hope you try it! Thanks for the visit.
  • Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:09 am
    Mmm, i want to try it. I couldn't wait to prepare it!
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:38 am
    Hope you like it! Thanks for the visit.
  • DebMartin Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:01 am
    Oh, my. This looks and sounds amazing!
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:39 am
    Thank you! I hope you give it a try.
  • tonyleather Mar 31, 2014 @ 9:17 am
    This looks very appetising!
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:39 am
    Thanks, Tony! Appreciate your visit.
  • Susan52 Mar 31, 2014 @ 8:38 am
    Back to congratulate you on your yummy Lens of the Day!
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:40 am
    Thanks, Susan!
  • poetvix Mar 31, 2014 @ 8:32 am
    It's gorgeous! I love all the color.
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:41 am
    It is pretty colorful, but it is that almond crunch that gets me! Thanks for the visit.
  • thegembank Mar 31, 2014 @ 5:13 am
    This is great.. all I need now is a little time to try this.
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:41 am
    Thanks for the visit. It come together pretty quickly. Enjoy!
  • esmonaco Mar 31, 2014 @ 5:06 am
    Another amazing recipe, it sure looks like your trip paid off, can't wait until this August!!! I'm going to pin this one also, Congratulations on LOTD Well Deserverd :)
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:42 am
    Thanks, Sam! Always love seeing you around Squid town. Appreciate your support.
  • kyle-johnson Mar 31, 2014 @ 3:30 am
    Makes me feel like summer,thank you for sharing.
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:43 am
    Thanks for your visit. it is a real summery feeling recipe, but with frozen berries we can have all year round!
  • jessie067 Mar 31, 2014 @ 2:36 am
    great recipe!
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:44 am
    Thank you so much for your comment. Appreciate it.
  • Joie Mar 31, 2014 @ 12:33 am
    I get my inspiration for recipes from delicious lenses like this one! I'd love to dig into this salad right now!
  • LynnKK Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:44 am
    Thanks, Joie! Nice to see you again.
  • kiwinana71 Mar 26, 2014 @ 3:44 pm
    You have a very nice review about this recipe and I'm looking forward to having this tasty, healthy salad.
  • LynnKK Mar 26, 2014 @ 5:43 pm
    Thanks kiwinana! Enjoy.
  • Merrci Mar 26, 2014 @ 10:44 am
    Now doesn't this one look amazing! Have to try it with so many yummy ingredients in it. Thanks for sharing!
  • LynnKK Mar 26, 2014 @ 11:14 am
    It was just the ticket after another day with minus zero windchills here in the Polar Vortex. Hope you enjoy!
  • Susan52 Mar 26, 2014 @ 8:18 am
    Looks and sounds absolutely delicious. I'm inspired!
  • LynnKK Mar 26, 2014 @ 11:16 am
    Thanks Susan! I am now thinking about some mandarin oranges I have languishing in the refrigerator! Maybe a tangerine option to the dressing is in the offing!

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