A refreshing and nutritious go-to summer salad, this Grilled Chicken and Mixed Greens Salad is topped with a simple balsamic dressing.
Amidst working, unpacking and the washing up, I seem to rarely find the time to write down anything. You wouldn’t know because not many did in fact know, but we have been away for a couple of days, or like… two weeks… on holidays.
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Now we are returned to our everyday activities, and I hardly find the time anymore. Perhaps you don’t know, but for the Slovenian-speaking amongst us, I also run a travel blog over here, where I’ll be posting more about our beautiful holidays on the island of Tenerife. So that’s a whole lot of blogging these days. Sorry, if that cuts into the time I have available for cooking, eating, photographing and writing.
But alas, winter is coming, when time, if not will-power, will be plenty. In the meantime, while the weather still barely holds, I am back on salads. Because – salads. I love them.
One of the most basic salads I make is a simple mixed greens, toppings and grilled chicken with balsamic dressing. I’ll eat this salad most often, usually twice a week. I even bring it for lunch to work. It’s a refreshing and nutritious salad that makes the most of the greens in my garden.
- 2 cups fresh mixed greens (various types of lettuce)
- 1 cucumber
- 1 bell pepper
- 3 cherry tomatoes
- 1 carrot
- 1 tbs canned corn
- 50 g grilled chicken (breasts / file)
- 1 slice stale bread
- balsamic vinegar
- olive oil
- salt, pepper to taste
- First things first. If you are not using a pre-grilled chicked file, then first season your chicken and put it in a hot pan to grill on both sides for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, then cut into smaller bites.
- Cut the stale bread slice into cubes and put into the pan to toast for a couple of minutes. When toasted, set aside to cool.
- Wash and drain the mixed greens. Use any kind of lettuce you like, or a mixture of it.
- Peel and slice the cucumber. Wash and slice your bell pepper (I had a light-green variety in my garden). Peel the carrot and cut into thin slices (or grate it). Cut cherry tomatoes in half.
- For the dressing, pour in a bowl or small jar olive oil and balsamic vinegar (1:3 ratio), add a squeeze of lemon juice or water, a small pinch of salt and some pepper. Mix well with a whisk or shake in a jar until well combined.
- Assemble your salad. In a bowl, place your washed salad greens, cucumber and bell pepper slices, halved cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks and a tablespoon of canned corn. Add chicken bites and bread crutons.
- Top the salad with some shaved parmesan cheese and the balsamic dressing.
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