Chicken Salad with Sea Buckthorn Dressing

Refreshing, delightful, light but satisfying, this Chicken Salad with Sea Buckthorn Dressing is a perfect way to enjoy your warm days!

This post originally appeared in May 2016. I have updated the pictures while the text remains the same. I have also edited the recipe by adding another way of making the dressing. This time, I used the second way with mango. Delish!

I know – you’ve been waiting for my lovely salads for a long time. And, finally, with these hot days, I am going to share with some fantastic spring/summer recipes. Let’s start with this elegant Chicken Salad with Sea Buckthorn Dressing.

Please forgive me for being a bit short of words today – I have a few things to share with you, but I do not have any strength to do that. Next time, ok?

There’s one thing I’d love to mention today. I am honored to have my recipe being included in a Buzzfeed Roundup featuring the dishes made with edible flowers. Indeed, last year I was incorporating edible flowers in many dishes. This year I ordered asked my husband to grow more, more lovely edible flowers. While last summer we had only the pansies of two colors, pale yellow and dark blue, this time I anticipate much more colors (If Andrey does not screw the flowers:)

Let me remind you some ideas how to use edible flowers.

Cherry Chicken Smoked Mozzarella Salad

Pears, Walnuts and Pansies Salad

Peach Hamon Salad with Daiquiri Dressing

Nectarine Salad with Wine Dressing

Blackberry Lavender Pasta

Mascarpone Apricot Lavender Crepe Cake

You see, dozens, dozens of options.

Yup, I didn’t decorate this Chicken Salad with Sea Buckthorn Dressing with flowers cause I need to give them some time to grow yet. But I will be doing this soon. A few words about this salad. It could have been called a Chicken Papaya Avocado Salad with Sea Buckthorn Dressing, but as you know, the Internet does not like such long names;) In fact, the combo of pan seared chicken, velvety avocado, and sweet and juicy papaya is simply amazing!

Besides, I had some frozen buckthorn berries, and I decided to incorporate them as well making this lovely and bright dressing. Sea buckthorns are delicious, yet with quite a specific flavor, berries packed with vitamins. They are actively used in medicine, for instance, as an anti-inflammatory treatment. If you find sea buckthorn oil – grab and use it for a massage!

If you aren’t familiar with these bright orange berries, well, you should give them a try. Or even better, make this lovely summer salad and drizzle it with this bright dressing!

In fact, have you ever tried sea buckthorn?

Chicken Salad with Sea Buckthorn Dressing

Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 2 medium/large chicken breasts, slightly hammered
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pink peppercorns, crushed
  • 2-3 handfuls of greens
  • 1 ripe papaya, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large avocado, cored, peeled, and cubed
    Dressing (1st way):
  • 2 cups frozen sea buckthorns
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1,5 teaspoons corn starch
    Dressing (2st way):
  • 1 cup sea bucktorns (frozen) + 1/2 water
  • 2 small/1 large mango, peeled ans cubed
  • a bit of powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a frying pan melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat until it's foaming. Place the chicken in the pan and slightly press the breast with a spatula, for one minute. Now you should carefully spoon out the foaming butter and pour it over the top of the breast. Keep on doing this regularly (every 10-15 seconds) which prevents your chicken breast from drying out and helps to cook through since we cook it only on one side. Season with the salt and pink peppercorn. Slice.
    Dressing 1st Way:
  1. In little saucepan combine the sea bucktorns and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for a few minutes. Strain the berries to get as much juice as possible + add some liquid from the saucepan - we need about 2 cups of liquid. Return to the saucepan at medium heat.
  2. In a little bowl mix the starch with a little cold water until smooth. Incorporate the dissolved starch constantly stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute to thicken. If the sauce is too tart to for your taste, add 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar. Off heat and let it cool.
    Dressing 2nd Way:
  1. In a little pot combine the frozen berries and water and bring to a boil. Decrease heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain the berries strain through a sieve to get as much juice as possible. Place the mangoes in a blender and pulse 10 seconds. Add about 1/4 - 1/3 of the juice and a pinch of powdered sugar. Pulse for another 15-20 seconds until smooth. Add a bit of the juice more if needed to get the desired consistency.
  2. Serve the salad drizzled it over with the dressing.
  3. Enjoy!
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8 Thoughts on “Chicken Salad with Sea Buckthorn Dressing

  1. I’ve never seen the sea buckthorns here either, but will keep an eye out for them. I Googled them and read some on them as well , they do look familiar. Any salad with papaya, chicken and avocado is a winner oin my book. Thanks for telling me about a new fruit! Congrats on the Buzzfeed spot!
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  2. Just like David I’ve never heard of sea buckthorns before, I’m so intrigued though. I’m wondering where I could find ’em. I’m definitely going to WF to search for them!
    What a great chicken salad btw and great pictures too!

  3. CONGRATS on your Buzzfeed feature, Ben!!! Awesome!!! Well deserved!!!!
    And I am so loving this “Chicken Papaya Avocado Salad with Sea Buckthorn Dressing” – I’ve never had or heard of Sea Buckthorn before so thank you for teaching me something new today – I had to google Sea Buckthorn and those berries are gorgeous – such a pretty color I wish I could find some here!
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  4. I must admit that I’ve never heard of sea buckthorns…but I kinda want to try one now! Do they grow by the sea? In the sea? Either way, this salad sounds like it’s perfect for the coming warm(ish) days! And here’s to hoping that Andrey doesn’t screw up the flowers…haha! (I have full confidence that he’ll have a whole flower garden growing up there soon…)
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