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Cooking a Summer Dish for You and Your Family
Summer is the season for going on vacation, enjoying the beach, and basking in the sunlight. For many, it’s the time of the year of going on a diet and eating more healthy. In summer, you may prefer light, filling, and healthy meals that fit your diet. You have to balance your food intake with meat, fruits, and vegetables to stay fit and healthy.
If you’re looking for a healthy dish for summer dinner that you can enjoy with your family and friends, here’s an easy-to-do tasty grilled chicken salad recipe:
Hearty and Healthy Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe
Get your source of protein from the grilled chicken breast, and your vitamins and minerals from the fruits and vegetables in this recipe. Salads may have a bad rap for being the staple food for anyone in a diet, but who says these scrumptious dishes aren’t filling?
Don’t let your eating routine become boring. Step up your game and level up your salads by adding the savory flavor of grilled chicken breast in your leafy greens. Aside from the taste, adding extra texture and crunch to your salad makes it better.
Rest assured each serving will be packed with nutrients and antioxidants that only helps your health in a good way. Salads can help maintain a healthy heart, stomach, and gut. It can also give you a youthful glow and vitality without adding up the calories.
- 5 tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp. chopped shallot
- 1 tsp. Dijion mustard
- 1 tsp. mayonnaise
- ½ tsp. iodized salt, or more to taste
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
- ¼ cup minced fresh dill
- 4 peaches, halved and pitted
- ½ iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 2 whole romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup diced bread crumbs (optional for texture)
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, chopped
How to Cook the Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe
Making Grilled Chicken Salad is doable, even for kitchen newbies. Before starting any cooking, you need to prepare all the ingredients first. Don’t forget to properly wash the chicken breast halves and your vegetables, especially the leafy greens. You don’t need to cut the chicken breast before grilling, but you can chop the onion, sweet red bell pepper in the meantime.
Cooking Grilled Chicken
To prep your chicken breast for grilling, you need salt and pepper drizzled in the chicken meat and 1 tbsp. of olive oil brushed to the chicken as it cooks. Grilling the chicken breast is easy, simply cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise and you’re good to go. You can use your outdoor or indoor grill, whichever you prefer.
It’s important to know if you’re grilling the chicken breasts with the right temperature since you’re using chicken meat. Get your food thermometer and check it from time to time. Set aside the grilled chicken when you get that golden brown color on its skin and when its meat is already cooked nicely.
Mixing the vinaigrette
In a separate bowl, mix your Dijion mustard, balsamic vinegar, mayonnaise, olive oil, salt and pepper, and whisk them until the ingredients combine. Make sure the taste is balanced with or without the veggies since the vinaigrette can overpower the salad if you create too much.
Bonus tip: You can use the vinaigrette as your marinate if you prefer more flavors for your grilled chicken.
Preparing the Leafy Greens and Fruits
Cut your leafy greens as desired and assemble the salad in a mixing bowl. Get your vinaigrette mix and cover the vegetables evenly so you can savor the crunch of the vegetables and the savory taste of your sauce with each bite.
Get hearty summer dinner meals that are light and healthy. There’s no need to worry about your calories when you can balance your meat, fruits and leafy greens. Enjoy filling meals like this easy grilled chicken salad recipe with your family and friends!
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