The Ultimate Grilled Chicken Salad: A Flavorful Adventure

Oct 20, 2023 | Main Courses

Grilled Chicken Salad

Picture this: a warm summer evening, a backyard filled with laughter, and the tantalizing aroma of grilled chicken wafting through the air. There’s something magical about those moments, where good food brings people together and creates memories that last a lifetime.

Today, I want to share with you a recipe that holds a special place in my heart – Grilled Chicken Salad. It’s a dish that combines perfectly grilled chicken with crisp greens, vibrant vegetables, and a tangy dressing. This recipe is not only delicious but also versatile, allowing you to customize it to your liking. So, let’s dive into this flavorful adventure!

– 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 4 cups mixed salad greens
– 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
– 1 cucumber, sliced
– 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
– 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
– 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
– 1/4 cup fresh herbs (such as basil, parsley, or mint), chopped
– Salt and black pepper, to taste

For the marinade:
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 teaspoon dried oregano
– Juice of 1 lemon
– Salt and black pepper, to taste

For the dressing:
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
– 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
– 1 teaspoon honey
– Salt and black pepper, to taste

Step 1: Prepare the Marinade

Start by mixing together the olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. This flavorful marinade will infuse the chicken with a delightful aroma and taste.

Step 2: Marinate the Chicken

Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure it is evenly coated. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours for a more intense flavor.

Marinating Chicken

Step 3: Preheat the Grill

Meanwhile, preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Ensure that the grates are clean and lightly oiled to prevent the chicken from sticking.

Step 4: Grill the Chicken

Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing any excess marinade to drip off. Place the chicken on the preheated grill and cook for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C). Cooking times may vary, so it’s always best to use a meat thermometer to ensure perfectly cooked chicken.

Step 5: Let the Chicken Rest

Once cooked, transfer the grilled chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring tender and juicy meat.

Step 6: Assemble the Salad

While the chicken is resting, let’s assemble the salad. Start by arranging the mixed salad greens on a large platter or individual plates. Add the cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, thinly sliced red onion, Kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, and fresh herbs. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Step 7: Slice and Serve

But wait! Before we forget, it’s time to slice the deliciously grilled chicken. Cut the chicken breasts into thin slices and arrange them on top of the salad.

Grilled Chicken Salad completed

Step 8: Dressing Time

To finish off this exceptional dish, prepare the tangy dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and black pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, allowing the flavors to mingle and enhance every bite.

Now it’s time to gather your loved ones, sit back, and enjoy this scrumptious Grilled Chicken Salad. The tender grilled chicken, paired with vibrant vegetables and tangy dressing, will surely impress your taste buds. Don’t forget to customize the salad according to your preferences, adding additional vegetables or substituting the cheese with your favorite kind.

Remember, it’s not just a salad; it’s a masterpiece of flavors and memories. Happy grilling, my friends!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 salad with chicken

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 395
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
  Saturated Fat 6g 30%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 353mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
  Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  Sugars 4g  
Protein 34g  
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