During the warmer months, when in need of a rapid and simple dinner, I recommend turning to the grilled chicken salad. It's a hearty meal that incorporates protein, greens, and vegetables. Chicken is quick-cooking, and a balsamic vinaigrette makes use of pantry items. Then toss in whatever ingredients you have on hand to make the salad more special. This recipe calls for grapes, goat cheese, and pine nuts, but any fruit, cheese, and nuts work. Get the uncomplicated technique you'll be enjoying all Summer long, after the break.
1/4 cup grape seed oil or olive oil Serves 4.
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon dried dillweed
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
4 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Montreal steak seasoning or Kansas City steak seasoning
8 cups mesclun or spring salad greens or spinach
3/4 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup grape seed oil or olive oil