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!
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
For the salad
Chicken breast, boneless, skinless
Romaine hearts, chopped
Pecans or Walnuts
Blue Cheese, crumbled
For the dressing*
2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
3 tablespoons Honey
2 teaspoons Rice Vinegar
Salt and pepper
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.
Thanks for asking me to guest post Allie! It’s been a pleasure!