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I love experimenting with different flavors and tweaking old recipes to make them new. I also love inspecting whatever my husband orders at a restaurant, if he enjoys it, and trying to make that menu item at home. The results can be awesome or incredibly frustrating.

This salad, which I’ll call the Sweet and Sassy California Chicken Salad, turned out to be awesome. It arose, initially, from a Chinese salad my husband had when we were in California but soon morphed into the Sweet and Sassy version when I learned our daughter, who’s not a fan of soy sauce but loves anything citrusy, was coming home from college for the weekend.


For the chicken marinade:

¼ C orange juice concentrate (do not dilute)

¼ C olive oil

¼ C lemon juice

2 large cloves minced garlic

¼ C balsamic vinegar (or white rice vinegar)

5 basil leaves, chopped

½ teaspoon sage

½ teaspoon salt



Mix the above ingredients together and marinade chicken in it for at least three hours. I used four chicken breasts, though there’s enough marinade for six, maybe more.


For salad:

¼ head of green cabbage

½ head of red cabbage

1 beet, peeled and grated

2 oranges, peeled and sliced (or substitute with mandarin orange slices)

1 red pepper, julienned

¼ to ½ C slivered almonds


For dressing:

¼ C orange juice from concentrate

¼ C olive oil

¼ lemon juice

¼ C vinegar of choice (I like balsamic)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sage

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Grill the chicken. We prefer a charcoal grill, and really enjoyed the smoky flavor. While chicken is grilling, mix the salad ingredients together, and then serve onto individual plates. Mix the dressing ingredients together and set aside. When the chicken is done, slice each breast into bite sized pieces and place it one breast worth on top of each salad. Drizzle with the dressing. And dig in!


Can you think of any other ingredients I could’ve added? Share your ideas with me in the comments below!


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Jennifer Slattery is a writer and national speaker who has addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She hosts Life Audio’s Faith Over Fear Podcast and maintains devotional blogs found at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud and on Crosswalk. As the founder of Wholly Love Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Contact her HERE to book her for your next women’s event.