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Grilled Chicken Salad
with kalamata olives / green beans

Active: 30 min Total: 1 hr

Grilled chicken rounds out this Italian-inspired salad with olives, vegetables, and a tart-sweet balsamic vinaigrette. This salad was first featured in a meal plan in 2015.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Grilled Chicken Salad:
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, halved
  • Olives, pitted Kalmata - 1/2 cup, sliced
  • Green beans - 12 oz, trimmed and chopped
  • Lettuce - 8 oz, chopped (any crisp variety like Romaine or Boston leaf)
  • Tomatoes, medium - 2, chopped
  • Walnuts, halves or pieces - 1/2 cup
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette (ingredients listed separately) - 6 Tbsp
Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 4 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Make vinaigrette - Chop garlic. Combine with vinegar, mustard, honey, and lemon juice. Add olive oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Chicken - Halve and then season and tenderize. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  3. Marinate chicken - Toss chicken in half the prepared vinaigrette (reserve the other half to dress the salad). Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Olives - prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  5. Green beans - Trim and cut into 1/2” / 1.25 cm pieces. Place in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a wet paper towel and microwave until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  6. Lettuce / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. If cooking on the grill: Heat grill to 400F / 163C degrees, keeping one part over direct heat and one part over indirect heat. Brush grates with some cooking oil. Place chicken over direct heat. Sear chicken for 2 to 3 minutes on each side and transfer to indirect heat. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165F / 74C degrees, an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. If cooking on the stovetop: Place a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush pan with some cooking oil and sear chicken on both sides for 2 to 3 minutes. Lower heat to medium, cover with foil or lid, and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165F / 74C degrees.
  4. Slice chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  5. To assemble salads, toss together lettuce, tomatoes, walnuts, green beans, olives, and chicken. Add vinaigrette until dressed to your liking. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

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11 reviews

Pretty standard chicken and salad recipe -- liked the marinade on the chicken.

By: Sundi
Posted: Sep 08, 2018
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

This was delicious. I used made the spiced chickpeas (from the spiced chickpea grain bowl left out the cumin) added those instead of feta and added cucumbers instead of green beans.

By: Amy
Posted: Sep 01, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Easy and tasty. Use the grill!

By: Renee
Posted: Aug 26, 2018
Diet: Original
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I think some feta would’ve improved this salad. We liked the marinade for the chicken

By: Cynthia
Posted: Aug 23, 2018
Diet: Original
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I wish we’d added feta or some other cheese to it. Overall it was fine.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Aug 22, 2018
Diet: Original
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The best cooksmart salad recipe that I've made! Whole family loved it.

By: Lorra
Posted: Aug 22, 2018
Diet: Original
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