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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Salad Sunday- Strawberry Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Summer is a great time for salad.  Summer fruits like strawberries are great to pair with greens for a healthy meal. You can put this together with left over chicken and you will not have to heat up the kitchen when it's hot. I used lemon pepper chicken I made on the grill the night before. You can make the dressing listed here or buy bottled dressing. I like to make my own because I know there is not a lot of sugar or artificial ingredients.  Feel free to change up the ingredients on the dressing or the salad to make it your own.

Strawberry Chicken Salad

2 grilled chicken thighs, removed from bone and thinly sliced.
1 bag 50/50 Spinach & Spring Mix Greens
1 lb fresh strawberries sliced; reserve 3
3 stalks celery chopped finely
¼ cup slivered almonds

Poppy Seed Dressing
½ cup salad oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Reserved strawberries from above
½ teaspoon orange extract
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Put chicken, salad greens, celery, and strawberries in a bowl.  Set aside. Put all ingredients for dressing in blender and blend on high for 20 seconds.    Pour dressing on top and toss salad. Top with slivered almonds.  Yields 4 dinner size servings


Author competing for Team USA in Dallas 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team and was eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.  She chose instead to represent the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 151 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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