Saturday, July 3, 2010

Palm Springs Salad with Date Dressing

Indispensable to cheese plates and platters, The Collective's Date From Hell Chutney has been appearing all over backyard BBQ buffets as well lately, with customers extolling its virtues enhancing grilled pork chops and tenderloins. Another great warm weather application is in the recipe The Collective developed below when the heat and humidity had our lagging appetites desperate for a cool and refreshing main course.


Begin by making the dressing. In a large bowl combine the following and mix very well:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Date From Hell Chutney
  • 2 t. grated orange peel
  • 1 T. chopped mint leaves
Now arrange on chilled plates or in a large bowl or platter:

  • 1 pineapple, sliced into spears or wedges
  • 2 large oranges, peeled and sliced (if necessary, remove seeds)
  • 2 sliced kiwi fruits (peeled of course)
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced into very thin rings
Toss 2 sliced or chopped boneless, skinless chicken breasts with the dressing above.

Place dressed chicken on top of fruit and drizzle with extra dressing as desired. Sprinkle lightly with salt and black pepper and serve to your very own desert Rat Pack.