Chicken salad with strawberries

Kycklingsallad med jordgubbar

This is a delightful salad to make when fresh strawberries are plentiful. I like to make it for a light meal for two people, but it would also serve four as informal and colourful starter.

Black pepper and balsamic vinegar are classic flavour enhancers for strawberry based desserts, but here they are used to dress the salad. Some Swedes have even been known to add black pepper when making strawberry cordial and simply not tell their children. They claim their children never know, but would complain if they thought pepper was being added!

Anyway, as I like the way Swedes add fruit to salads I thought I would try black pepper and balsamic on the salad and I was delighted when it got the thumbs up from my tester (my wife!). Add some nice bread and you have a delightful meal. John



  • If you’ve not got any white balsamic vinegar you could use another vinegar such as ordinary balsamic, raspberry, cider or äppelvinäger med lingon (available from IKEA).
  • You can use any salad leaves. I like a mixture of rocket, spinach and watercress.
  • You can use hot chicken if you prefer.
  • You can make more salad dressing as it will keep it in a jar in the fridge for a week or two.


100 g (4 oz) streaky bacon, cut into 1 cm (½") long pieces
100 g (4 oz) salad leaves (see tips)
1 tsp   white balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp   salad oil such as rapeseed oil or olive oil
1 tsp   strawberry cordial (optional)
100 g (4 oz) chicken breast, cooked roughly diced
100 g (4 oz) strawberries, hulled and halved
    freshly ground black pepper


1. Put a frying pan on a medium heat and when hot fry the bacon pieces for 4 or 5 minutes, stirring from time to time until evenly browned and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon on to some kitchen paper and pat dry.

2. While the bacon is frying, whisk the vinegar, oil and cordial together and then pour over the salad leaves. Toss the salad until the leaves are evenly coated.

3. Add two thirds of the chicken, bacon pieces and strawberries to the salad and toss thoroughly.

4. Garnish with the remaining chicken, bacon and strawberries.

5. Grind some black pepper over the salad and serve.


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