Have you ever gone to a restaurant and enjoyed a delicious and beautiful salad that you’ve wished you could recreate at home? I sure have. Culvers Strawberry Fields Salad is one of those. As I’ve eaten them, I’ve thought, I need to pay close attention to what’s in this so that I can make it at home too. Don’t you love it when your ho hum salads at home turn into something wonderful. Here’s your chance.
Strawberry Fields Salad at Culvers begins with a fresh bed of mixed lettuce, deliciously sliced fresh strawberries, roasted salted pecans, blue cheese crumbles, grape tomatoes, chopped green onions and topped with juicy grilled chicken. Serve with raspberry vinaigrette or your favorite salad dressing.
Blue Cheese crumbles
Grape tomatoes Green onions
Raspberry Vinaigrette (optional)
How Should the Chicken Be Cooked?
How to cook the chicken is a good question. There are a variety of possibilities. But, we want to point out that Culvers refers to the chicken in their Strawberry Fields salad as grilled chicken. So the most appropriate way to cook it is to take it to the grill and get ‘er done.
To grill, we recommend 400 degrees and 6 minutes per side as a starting point. But make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees before removing it from the grill so that you’ll know that it’s done.
Heat oil over medium high heat in a frying pan. Add the chicken and reduce the heat to medium. Cover with a lid. Cook for 6-8 minutes. Flip and cook for 6-8 more minutes. The outside should be golden. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees to indicate that it’s done. For faster cooking, cube or slice the chicken before adding it to the pan. Cooking time can be reduced considerably. If cooked as a whole breast, let the chicken rest before slicing.
If you’re going to be away for the day or don’t have the time to cook the chicken right before the meal is served, consider putting it in the crockpot to cook. One large chicken breast can be cooked in the crockpot over low heat for about 6 hours. Add a bit of oil to the crockpot before adding the meat to help keep it from sticking to the pan.
The chicken breast can be oven roasted for delicious results. Just place it in an oven safe baking dish with a bit of olive oil. Cover it tightly with a lid or aluminum foil to help keep the moisture inside. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Check to be sure the internal temperature of the meat has reached 165 degrees before removing it from the oven. Add more cook time if needed.
Strawberry Fields Salad with Grilled Chicken
The grilled chicken is an important part of the Strawberry Fields Salad. It provides much of the protein in the dish and adds significantly to the flavor and texture. It is possible to make the salad without the chicken, but it would be noticeably missed by most eaters.
Culvers Brings Back Strawberry Fields Salad for Spring/Summer
At the date of this post, Culvers brought back their Strawberry Fields Salad for their spring and summer seasons. It is so well loved by many of their customers and is a popular menu item. What better time to bring it back than when strawberries can be picked fresh locally.
What Kinds of Mixed Greens Should Be Used?
Your preference is the most important aspect in answering the question about what kinds of mixed greens should be used. If you’re in a pinch and you don’t have time to run to the store, by all means use whatever is available to you in your refrigerator.
If you want it to be most like the real deal that Culvers serves, then choose a variety of mixed greens. Our family’s favorite is to get a box of organic mixed greens that are readily available at our local grocery store. We think they’re pretty much like the combination used by Culvers.
How to Store Strawberry Fields Salad Culvers
Your delicious salad is best when eaten fresh, but can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. When mixed greens sit for a day or so they have a tendency to wilt. Therefore, it might be necessary to pull out any bad pieces before eating the leftovers.
Can Culvers Strawberry Fields Salad Be Frozen?
No. Salad cannot be frozen and be okay. It makes the lettuce wilt and it will never be the same again. You might as well throw any leftovers away as opposed to putting it in the freezer. It will come out a pile of mush as our mother says.
Can Strawberry Fields Salad be Made Ahead?
For best results, Strawberry Fields Salad, Culvers copycat should always be made the same day it will be served. Because the sliced strawberries and mixed greens tend to turn bad after they are refrigerated overnight, we recommend making this salad the same day.
Can it be Made Gluten Free?
Strawberry Fields Salad Culvers copycat recipe is naturally gluten free. If you or someone you know requires a gluten free diet, this salad would be safe for them to eat. Just be sure that your choice salad dressing is also gluten free.
What to Eat With Strawberry Fields Salad Culvers
Fruit Salad Macaroni and Cheese
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Strawberry Cheesecake Cones
How to Make Culvers Strawberry Fields Salad
Other than assembling the salad, the only preparation to be done when making this wonderful dish is to grill the chicken. It’s a quick and easy meal that is healthy at the same time.
1 large Chicken breast
1 lb Strawberries
½ cup Salted Pecans
½ cup Blue Cheese crumbles
1 cup Grape tomatoes
3 Green onions, chopped
Raspberry Vinaigrette (optional)
1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a medium frying pan on medium high heat. Place the chicken breast in the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Cover with a lid while it cooks. Cook until brown and then flip it over. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. For faster cooking, slice or cube the chicken and cook the chicken pieces.
2. Wash, hull and slice the strawberries.
3. Meanwhile, assemble the salad, beginning with a bed of spring mixed greens. Add strawberries, salted pecans, blue cheese crumbles and grape tomatoes.
4. Slice chicken and add chicken to the top. Drizzle with raspberry vinaigrette or your favorite dressing. Serve and enjoy!
Culvers Strawberry Salad Ingredients and Nutrition
Contains: milk, tree nuts
Does not contain: egg, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, wheat
Pecans : Pecans, Vegetable Oil (Peanut, Cottonseed, Soybean and/or Sunflower Seed), Salt. May contain peanuts and/or other tree nuts. CONTAINS: PECANS
Bleu Cheese Crumbles : Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Powdered Cellulose (to prevent caking), Natamycin (to protect flavor). CONTAINS: MILK
Fresh Strawberries : Strawberries
Grilled Chicken Breast : Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Fillet with Rib Meat
Cherry Tomato : Tomato
Salad: Spring Mixed Greens
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