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Grilled Chicken Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled chicken salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 547kcal
Author Victor

Ingredients

For the grilled chicken:

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt (to taste, if needed)
  • 2 Tbsp citrus vinaigrette (from the recipe below)

For the grilled chicken salad:

  • 8 cups spring mix (loosely filled)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (cored, quartered and sliced)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (cored, quartered and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup almonds (roasted, then slivered; see notes)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots (raw)
  • 2 cups shredded beets (raw)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

For the citrus vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (very good quality)
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 shallot (small, minced)

Instructions

  • To prepare the vinaigrette, place all of its ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together vigorously, until well blended.
  • Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise (to come up with two thin cutlets) and place in a large bowl. Season with salt if desired. Add two tablespoons of the citrus vinaigrette and gently massage with your hands for a couple of minutes to get the meat absorb the liquid. Let rest and marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes while you are preparing the vegetables. 
  • Place the red the onion, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes in a separate medium bowl. Add two tablespoons of vinaigrette and toss gently using your hand. Set aside.
  • Fire up your grill and set the temperature to medium, about 300F. Grill chicken breasts over direct heat about 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked and the internal temperature reached 165F. Set aside and keep warm.
    If you don't have access to a grill, you can cook the chicken breast in a skillet using an easy method provided in the 10-Minute Pan-Fried Chicken Breast recipe.
  • Assemble the salad by spreading spring mix on the bottom of a serving plate. Add one half of a chicken breast, sliced into bite size pieces. Add the red onion, bell pepper and tomato mix on both sides of the chicken. Add the shredded carrots and beets. Garnish with crumbled feta, almonds, cranberries and chopped parsley. Drizzle with more dressing and serve.

Notes

To make roasted almonds, place raw almonds on a baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350F for 17 minutes. Cool down then cut into slivers with a sharp knife.

Nutrition

Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1029mg | Potassium: 1075mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 12225IU | Vitamin C: 54.9mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 2.8mg