Thursday, March 24, 2011

Grilled Chicken Salad w/ Feta, Apple, & Walnuts

I usually don't post recipes very often that we whip together by ourselves because I am generally not very good at writing down the directions, but I am trying to get better at this.  Its definitely an evolving process, this writing thing!

This salad is so easy and delicious and you can really make it your own!  We used a simple balsamic vinaigrette to dress it.

Grilled Chicken sliced and diced up
Feta Cheese
Diced Apple - we used a fuji, they are so sweet!
Chopped Walnuts
Lettuce of Choice - we used a romaine
Balsamic Vinaigrette - recipe follows

Directions:  Grill or cook your chicken as perferred.  Unfortunately its decided to get chilly here again and we haven't been able to break out the grill yet.  I cooked up my chicken breast by dredging it in a dried herb & sugar mixture to caramelize the crust and make the chicken very sweet and flavorful.  I mix equal parts of sugar and (total) herbs together (I used rosemary, basil, garlic, s&p, oregano, thyme - whatever will work!).  You may also want to pound your chicken a few times with a tenderizer or rolling pin if its thicker.  After dredging in herb mixture you want to cook it up over the stove.  No need to add olive oil or butter to the pan prior.  Cook chicken for a couple minutes on each side until done through. 

Dice all ingredients and mix together.  Toss with dressing and top with additional feta if desired.
Here is a balsamic vinaigrette recipe for you.  I've also added a bit of lemon juice and dried herbs to the mix as well.

From Closet Cooking (note this will make a large amount)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1 large clove garlic (grated)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. Mix everything.


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