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French Country Salad

Lemon, soy, herbs and chicken make this country salad especially delicious.


French country saladIngredients

Chicken:

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. herbs de provence
  • Freshly ground mixed peppercorns to taste
  • 2 large chicken breasts, bones and excess fat removed

Vegetables:

  • 1/2 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 3 to 4 medium beets, scrubbed and trimmed
  • olive oil

Salad:

  • 6 cups mixed salad greens, such as mesclun and spinach
  • 1/4 cup whole fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T. olive oil

Preparation
To prepare the chicken, whisk together first five ingredients and pour over chicken breasts in a shallow glass pan.

Cover tightly and marinade for a minimum of two hours or up to 24 hours. Cook over a medium-high grill until juices run clear. Let cool for 15 minutes, then slice into ¼-inch thick slices.

To prepare the vegetables, slice beets crosswise in 1-inch thick slices. Brush beet slices and asparagus with olive oil and grill over medium heat until tender. When beets are cool, chop into 1-inch pieces. Keep at room temperature until assembling salad.

To assemble the salad, place greens, basil, gorgonzola and walnuts in a large bowl. Whisk together balsamic vinegar and olive oil; drizzle over greens mixture and toss to coat. Place desired serving sizes of greens mixture onto individual serving plates. Top with asparagus spears and chopped beets; arrange chicken slices on top.

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Ah, you just got to love those spring and summer days when the grill is fired up and the days are made to be outside. It doesn't get any better than grilled marinated chicken in the salad.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 6/7/2011 4:39:27 AM
mmm
m, m, ME
Posted: 6/5/2011 11:35:17 PM
I love salads and this one looks delicious!
Bridgette, LeBEau, LA
Posted: 6/3/2011 7:00:42 AM
looks yummy
kim, Thonotosassa, FL
Posted: 6/3/2011 5:36:31 AM
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