In our yard we have a cherry tree, an apple tree, a peach tree, a plum tree and right next door (with branches hanging over the fence into our yard) is an apricot tree. No lie. Oh, and there are some grape vines in our yard too. Boy, if I were any kind of a cook, I'd be making jam 24/7. As it is, I'm content just to eat the fruit. And seeing as how each tree ripens at a different time, we've got fresh fruit all summer long - and right into fall as well.
A few weeks back, the apricot tree that hangs into our yard hit its peak. Apricots weighed every branch on that little tree down heavily with their soft orange-y skins whispering that it was time to pick them. Luckily, our neighbors begged us to pick any fruit that happened to be growing on our side of the tree, and naturally, I was happy to oblige.
Let me tell you, there is nothing like fresh-from-the-tree fruit. My kids devoured those apricots with a greediness I didn't know they had in them! Luckily, however, I was able to save a few for my amazing apricot chicken salad.
- I always start with bagged salad mix - mostly because I just hate chopping and washing lettuce- usually of the romaine variety.
- Then I add chopped summer squash, diced tomatoes, and sliced avocado.
- I add a generous amount of baked chicken which I season with my secret blend of seasonings. (aka Lawry's seasoning salt)
- And finally, a generous amount of sliced apricots.
- I serve this salad with a Sweet Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette.
It's so easy, and simply perfect for summer entertaining. And seeing as how my peach tree is just now filling up with plump, ripe peaches...this salad can be easily switched from apricots to peaches in a pinch. You get the same sweet surprise from either fruit.
Mmmmmm. I'm off to check that tree!
Have a great day~