Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad!

Spring and summer, the time for simple, lovely, easy to put together meals. We love this Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad for it’s simplicity, flavor and beauty. See what we mean…
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The Chicken:

Brining is the secret to success when it comes to boneless, skinless chicken breasts (don’t worry it’s easy!). These breasts were brined in sea salt salt and water for 30 minutes, then grilled to juicy perfection. No dry, tasteless chicken breasts here!

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The Salad:

Peppery arugula with sweet, ripe, colorful strawberries, sprinkled with roasted pine nuts. So simple. So lovely.

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The Dressing:

We give you two choices: we prefer an olive oil and white balsamic vinaigrette on this salad. It’s smooth, fresh and light, perfect for spring and summer. But you can also use a traditional balsamic.

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The Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad!

What you need: Himalayan or kosher sea salt for brining and a quality white balsamic vinegar (<—our fave but we also like this one) If you prefer you can use a traditional balsamic. You will also need parchment paper and a rolling pin for pounding chicken.

5 from 4 votes
Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

A fresh, light, beautiful spring/summer salad with a choice of white balsamic vinaigrette or traditional balsamic vinaigrette. Paleo and Whole 30!

Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, BBQ, grilling
Keyword: #bbq, #easy dinner, Paleo, whole30
Servings: 4
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
For Chicken:
  • 4 smallish boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded and brined
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup sea salt, I use Himalayan sea salt, but you can use Kosher too
  • sea salt, pepper, olive oil
For Salad:
  • 4 cups organic baby arugula
  • 2 cups sliced organic strawberries
  • 1/4 cup roasted pine nuts
For White Balsamic dressing:
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • pinch sea salt and black pepper
If using traditional balsamic
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • pinch sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place water and salt in a large bowl and stir

  2. Place chicken breasts between folded parchment paper and pound with a rolling pin until uniformly thick (about 3/4" thick is best)

  3. Place breasts in salt water for 30 minutes

While breasts brine, prepare salad and dressing, preheat grill:
  1. After breasts have brined for 20 minutes, place lettuce and sliced berries on platter, sprinkle with pine nuts and  whisk together dressing ingredients

  2. Preheat grill on high, about  425 degrees

  3. After breasts have brined for 30 minutes, remove breasts from water, pat dry with paper towels

  4. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste

  5. Place breasts on preheated grill, close lid and cook until nice golden grill marks are established (3-4 minutes), then turn the meat a quarter turn (don’t flip, just rotate the same side a 1/4 turn) and cook until new criss-cross marks appear.  (3-4 minutes)

  6. Turn breasts over, lower heat to med/low (about 350 degrees) close lid and cook for five more minutes until just cooked through. Don't over cook! Remove from grill

  7. Whisk dressing again and dress salad

  8. Leave whole or if desired, cut breasts on the diagonal and serve topped with salad

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French Toast with Raspberry Compote!

We celebrated my 57th birthday and Mother’s Day in France this May. What a spectacular vacation. Of course I had to come home and share a French inspired meal and I think you are going to love it! This is my French Toast with Raspberry Compote, a breakfast guaranteed to please!
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The French are All About The Pastry For Breakfast

Croissants, French Bread, toast with preserves, you name the bread, the French will eat it for breakfast. Did we have this exact breakfast in France. Nope. Never. But it was inspired by the French love of pastry and preserves.

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Where We Went and What We Did:

This trip was all about visiting our daughter, son in law, and grand baby Minna, who live in the heart of Paris.

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And while we did have my 57th birthday dinner at Les Ombres near the Eiffel Tower, we spent the next several days in Barbizon.

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Barbizon is a small town about an hours drive from Paris. While there we shopped for food at open markets, perused the art shops, and took walks through the forest on the way to our in laws house for meals in the garden.

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If you go to Paris I highly recommend spending a couple of days in Barbizon or nearby Fountainebleau. The French certainly do appreciate beauty. At every turn there seems to be  something charming to catch your eye.

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And don’t even get me started on the parks in France. The most exquisite, well thought out and relaxing parks I have ever seen!

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A Trip To Trouville:

After visiting Paris and Barbizon we packed up and headed to Trouville, a small, quiet beach community in Normandy. Quaint is an understatement and the beaches were pristine!

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Off to Chateau de Chambord!

So, do you want to visit France yet? How could you not? Our last few days in France were spent at the Chateau De Chambord. Yes, this is real life.

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We toured, ate, relaxed, ate, boated, ate, slept, ate and ate. My pants are tight. I am not happy about it, but c’est la vie!

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Want to See More?

Follow me on Instagram and check out my stories: Paris 2019, The Wedding, and France! (PS these links only seem to work on desktop…sorry phone viewers)

Now, Onto The French Toast!

I serve this vanilla laced French toast loaded with berries and drizzled with homemade raspberry compote. The compote only takes about 15 minutes to make and adds a beautiful splash of bright fuchsia! The compote can be served hot or cold and stores well in the fridge for five days. If you want to make the compote sugar free,  I recommend using Lankanto a natural 1:1 sweetening option! If you need a good gluten free bread I recommend New Grains Bakery. They ship to your door. I order and stock up the freezer.

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The Recipe: French Toast with Raspberry Compote! (GF, DF and Sugar free options offered)

What you need: if making this recipe sugar free, in place of sugar I recommend Lankanto a natural 1:1 sweetening option made with monk fruit and Stevia powder! If you need a good pan, read this <—click! If you need a good gluten free bread I recommend New Grains Bakery. They ship to your door. I order and stock up the freezer. To make this recipe dairy free use your favorite almond milk or make your own!

5 from 14 votes
French Toast with Berries and Raspberry Compote
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

A beautiful, elegant French Toast with Raspberry Compote. Gluten free, dairy free and sugar free options offered.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Keyword: breakfast, dairy free, french toast, gluten free, sugar free
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
Raspberry Compote
  • 3 cups fresh raspberries, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (or Lankanto a natural low carb sweetener linked above)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
French Toast
  • 8 pieces of your favorite bread (I use GF sour dough from New Grains Bakery linked above)
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 2/3 cups milk or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla paste
  • 4 tablespoons butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries, for topping
  • powdered sugar, for garnish, optional
Instructions
Raspberry Compote
  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan, mix well, bring to a boil

  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

  3. Fruit should begin to break down and thicken. The longer you cook the thicker it will become so use your own judgement. When compote looks like a thin syrupy jam, turn off heat. If you wish to remove seeds (completely optional), pour through a screen colander and use a spatula to push liquids through screen, discard seeds. Use compote warm or cold. Can be stored covered in the fridge for 4-5 days or frozen for a month.

French Toast
  1. Whisk eggs, add milk and vanilla, whisk more

  2. Place pan or skillet on medium heat. When pan is hot, melt butter, ghee or coconut oil. Make sure pan is evenly covered with oil

  3. Add bread to pan and cook until golden brown on each side

  4. Top with berries and compote, garnish with powdered sugar if desired

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My Five Favorite Summer Salad Dressings!

Summer and salads, two of my favorite things. And a summer salad deserves only the best dressing! Homemade dressings are so easy to make and infinitely better tasting and better for you than store bought. And seriously, most take less than three minutes to make, so why would you ever use anything else?
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The Formula for a Great Dressing:

Salad dressing actually has a formula: two parts healthy oil to one part acid. ‘Acid’ is either fruit juice or vinegar. For those of you that don’t get the “part” thing…this means you use twice as much oil than vinegar or fruit juice. Example: 1/2 cup olive oil and a 1/4 cup vinegar. Or 4 Tablespoons oil, 2 Tablespoons fruit juice. Got it? Good! Then you add a bit of flavor enhancers like: honey, mustard, tahini, sea salt, freshly ground pepper, chili powder, chives, garlic, green onions and voila! A healthy, delicious salad dressing in just a few minutes!

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I chose these five dressings because they are very simple and taste great on a wide variety of salads. (This Mango Salad can be found here) For recipes using these salad dressings please see the bottom of this page!

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Salads I Use These Dressings On:

Grilled Chicken Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
Greens with Tangerine Dressing
The Organic Kitchen House Salad
Mango Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette 
Summer Berry Salad
Kale Salad with Citrus Dressing

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The Recipes: My Five Favorite Summer Salad Dressings

Tips and what you will need: a hand held juicer or citrus juicer, a good quality balsamic vinegar,  good quality white balsamic vinegar (I highly recommend this one!) and a good quality raspberry vinegar. A good quality sea salt,  mini whisk, and mason jars or any container with a lid. I just try to avoid plastic (affiliate links) When tangerines are in season I make sure to freeze the juice in small portions to thaw and use when not in season, very convenient!

5 from 4 votes
My Five Favorite Summer Salad Dressings!
Prep Time
3 mins
Total Time
3 mins
 

I use the lemon, tangerine and citrus vinaigrettes on almost any salad! They are very versatile. I save the raspberry vinaigrette for greens with berries, apples, nuts, soft cheeses etc..., the traditional balsamic is great on just about anything too, I tend to serve it with salads heavy with veggies like tomatoes, cukes, and avocado or on my traditional house salad (recipe at bottom of page).

Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy lunch recipe, summer recipe
Servings: 6
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Lemon Vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons green onions sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
Raspberry Vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup A'Olivier Raspberry Vinegar. Trust me! See link above.
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon chives chopped
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
Traditional Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons green onions sliced
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
Citrus Vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of 1 orange 1 lemon, 1 lime
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon shallot peeled and chopped
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
Tangerine Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh tangerine juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • zest and juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 small clove garlic peeled and chopped
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all in ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Store in mason jars and refrigerate for up to a week.
  2. Alternative method for Citrus Vinaigrette: If you would like a thick creamy version of this dressing (really nice!) put all ingredients in blender except olive oil. Blend, then drizzle olive oil in steadily. Dressing will emulsify and become thick and creamy.

For tips on making amazing salads click here! Happy salad eating ~ Linda Spiker

Salads I Use These Dressings On:

Grilled Chicken Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
Greens with Tangerine Dressing
The Organic Kitchen House Salad
Mango Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette 
Summer Berry Salad

 

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