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Marinated Chicken Salad
with spinach / tomatoes / mushrooms / pine nuts / herb vinaigrette

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min

With marinated chicken, roasted vegetables and fresh herb dressing, this entree salad is extremely versatile. It is great served warm or as lunch leftovers at room temperature.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Herb Vinaigrette:
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp, leaves chopped
  • Green onions - 1 stalk, green and white parts chopped
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
Marinated Chicken and Spinach Salad:
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp, leaves chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, crushed
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Chicken breast, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, chopped
  • Cauliflower florets - 12 oz, chopped
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 1/2 cups, halved
  • Mushrooms, any button - 8 oz, quartered
  • Spinach - 5 oz, chopped
  • Italian seasonings - 1 tsp
  • Nuts, pine (sub pepitas or chopped pecans) - 1/4 cup

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Prep

  1. Marinate chicken - Chop cilantro (the portion for the chicken). Crush garlic with the palm of your hand (no need to peel it). Combine cilantro, garlic, vinegar, mustard and first part of cooking oil in a container or plastic bag. Chop chicken. Add chicken to marinade and toss to coat. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  2. Cauliflower / Tomatoes / Mushrooms - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Spinach / Cilantro (the portion for the dressing) / Green onions - Prep as directed. Store spinach in a bowl lined with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture and prevent wilting. Combine cilantro and green onions in another bowl. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil.
  2. Toss cauliflower, tomatoes and mushrooms in second part of cooking oil. Add Italian seasonings and a pinch of salt and pepper. Transfer vegetables to sheet pan and bake until mushrooms are golden brown, stirring halfway through cooking, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. While vegetables roast, make vinaigrette by combining cilantro (the portion for the vinaigrette), green onions, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar and mustard. For a creamy vinaigrette, use an immersion blender to blend the vinaigrette until smooth. Taste and season with some salt and pepper or additional lemon juice.
  4. Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add third part of cooking oil. Use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken to heated oil (discard marinade). Season chicken on all sides with some salt and pepper. Saute until chicken is cooked through and golden, 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Toss spinach and roasted vegetables in half the vinaigrette, adding additional vinaigrette if you like your salad more heavily dressed. Top salad with chicken and nuts and enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (139)
Gluten-free (9)
Paleo (19)
Vegetarian (17)

63 reviews

Subbed roasted butternut squash for tomatoes. And didn't use spinach. Was delicious!!!!!!!!!! Hubby loved it too.

By: Jenna
Posted: Jun 21, 2016
Diet: Paleo
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Whoa! This was super flavorful! I added ground pork to stretch it to more meals! Great dressing...I also added 1 zucchini and 1 yellow squash. Needless to say, it made a TON! Really yummy!

By: Jessica
Posted: Jun 03, 2016
Diet: Original
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Loved this! Will be saving this for potlucks.

By: Nicole
Posted: May 24, 2016
Diet: Original
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Husband loved!

By: Kim
Posted: May 20, 2016
Diet: Original
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I made this twice last week! I loved it have it saved for a good side dish when I have company.

By: Kelly
Posted: May 17, 2016
Diet: Original
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Really enjoyed this!!

By: Rebecca
Posted: May 16, 2016
Diet: Original
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