French Country Salad

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

by Dani Yokhna

French country saladIngredients


  • 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


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


  • 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

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.

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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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