As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Salad On Tuesday: Week 3 {Layered Caribbean Chicken Salad}

My friend Jill makes some wonderful salads, and she was kind enough to share three of her favorite summer salad recipes with me.  

Last week we made her Layered Caribbean Chicken Salad and have deemed it a favorite here at our house too!  It is a healthy, flavorful, and filling salad.  Even my salad skeptic enjoyed it.  The girls and I liked it so much that we made a scaled down version (no layers, a few missing ingredients, but with the yummy dressing) for lunch a few days later.  Oh, this one is a keeper!

Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1 6-oz. container of low fat pina colada yogurt 
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon Caribbean jerk seasoning*
Salad Ingredients:
  • 3 cups torn Romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups diced peeled ripe fresh mango
  • 1/2 cup chopped Roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup cashews

  1. In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients.
  2. In a 3- to 4-qt. clear glass serving bowl, layer all salad ingredients in order except nuts.  
  3. Spoon dressing over evenly, then sprinkle with nuts. 

* I had difficulty finding Caribbean jerk seasoning mix.  I looked in Walmart, then in a larger grocery store in a nearby town, with no luck.   So we made our own seasoning mix using the recipe found ~here~.   Of course, the next time I went to Walmart, there it was on. the. shelf.  They must have restocked it.  At least that's what I'm telling myself because I don't want to believe that I spent all that time looking for it the previous week if it was there all the time. Surely they had restocked.  

Do you like the look of layered salads?  Do you think that food attractively presented somehow tastes better?


  1. Oh, I'm trying this for right now and it's only 6:27 AM!! OK, maybe I'll wait until lunch time, but it will be difficult!

  2. I do love the look of a layered salad and food beautifully presented always tastes delicious. Another great salad!

  3. We should make this salad some Sunday. With a good bread, "it's a meal."

  4. That sounds so good! I am going to try this one too!


  5. I made it - served it for lunch that follows our Bible study. (Silly me! I forgot to put the cashews on it - and that was the only reason I shelled out the $5+ for cashews at the grocery store the day before!) It IS good. The dressing just a little different.....

    Any ideas for using the rest of the Caribbean Jerk Seasoning?????


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