Red, White and Blue Grilled Chicken Salad

Red, White & Bleu

I am on vacation right now in beautiful Lake Chelan, Washington.  I knew I would be too busy building sand castles, enjoying boat rides, and reading trashy magazines while laying out on the beach to write a post this week so instead I have a special guest post for you from one of my favorite food bloggers.  Take it away Reeni….

Hi! This is Reeni a.k.a. Cinnamon Girl from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice. I’m guest hosting for Allie while she is on vacation. I hope you enjoy my salad and will give it a try!

This recipe is a recreation of one of my favorite salads from my favorite diner. It is packed with blue cheese, pecans, dried cranberries and topped with grilled chicken. The creamiest, most-delicious, homemade honey mustard you can imagine is drizzled over top.

The textures and different flavors in this salad make it so fun to eat. My taste buds are totally addicted to tart and sweet flavor pairs. I love dried cranberries! They take on a whole new life compared to fresh ones. They are sweeter, less tart and the contrast between them and the bite from the bleu cheese is off the flavor charts. Soft, savory, sweet, smoky, salty, crunchy, chewy, creamy, crisp, tangy, tender and juicy; this salad has it all!

It is the most perfect Summer dinner salad. You can throw the chicken on the grill and have the dressing and salad assembled in the time it takes to cook. And it is nothing short of sublime! Light yet filling and completely addicting!

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The great thing about this salad is you can make it for one or for a crowd. You can adjust how big or how little you want the salad to be. That’s why I haven’t included measurements for the salad fixin’s. But be on the generous side. They really make the salad.

Red, White and Blue Grilled Chicken Salad
(by Reeni)

For the salad

Chicken breast, boneless, skinless
Romaine hearts, chopped
Dried Cranberries
Pecans or Walnuts
Blue Cheese, crumbled

For the dressing*

2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
3 tablespoons Honey
2 teaspoons Rice Vinegar
Salt and pepper
Mayonnaise (optional)

1. Pound out your chicken breasts between saran wrap using a mallet to your own desired thickness. Season well with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through.

2. Meanwhile toast the pecans or walnuts in a dry saute pan for about five to seven minutes on low tossing a few times.

3. In a food processor emulsify the mustard, honey and vinegar. Taste and adjust to your liking by adding more honey or more mustard. If too thick thin with a little more vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. For a creamy dressing add a teaspoon or two of mayonnaise. I save my empty honey bear bottles for storing my home-made dressings in. *For creamy honey-mustard in a pinch mix equal parts Ranch dressing and honey mustard.

4. Assemble your salad, start with the romaine and top with generous amounts of cranberries, walnuts and bleu cheese. Drizzle with honey-mustard and top with the grilled chicken.

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Red, White & Bleu Salad

Thanks for asking me to guest post Allie! It’s been a pleasure!

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  1. 1
    mr. and mrs. says:

    Mmmmmm delicious!

  2. 2
    Barbara Bakes says:

    Looks like a perfect summer meal. Have a great vacation.

  3. 3
    Sara says:

    well lookie here, my favorite cohort! I am so glad you directed us to this cute site. Anyhoo, a two for today! Lucky us. I am not sure why, but the dressing drizzled over the chicken got me on this on…it looks so good.

  4. 4
    Mimi says:

    Thanks for the great guest post, delicious salad and an introduction to this cute blog.

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    theUngourmet says:

    Hope you have a wonderful vacation! Reeni's salad looks divine! I'm such a sucker for blue cheese! ;)

  6. 6
    kwsuydam says:

    Now that our Grandkids, Son and Daughter N Law (Allie) have gone home, it is kind of lonely here at Lake Chelan. I will have to keep myself busy trying out some new yummy recipes for just Grampa and I. This looks like the perfect salad to start with! Beautiful presentation and I love Honey Mustard Dressing!

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    Cindy M says:

    I made this the first day I saw it. Absolutely delicious and very healthy too!!!!! Although I did use the optional mayo for the dressing. Yummy!!