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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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!
Peppery arugula with sweet, ripe, colorful strawberries, sprinkled with roasted pine nuts. So simple. So lovely.
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.
A fresh, light, beautiful spring/summer salad with a choice of white balsamic vinaigrette or traditional balsamic vinaigrette. Paleo and Whole 30!
- 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
- 4 cups organic baby arugula
- 2 cups sliced organic strawberries
- 1/4 cup roasted pine nuts
- 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
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
- pinch sea salt and pepper
Place water and salt in a large bowl and stir
Place chicken breasts between folded parchment paper and pound with a rolling pin until uniformly thick (about 3/4" thick is best)
Place breasts in salt water for 30 minutes
After breasts have brined for 20 minutes, place lettuce and sliced berries on platter, sprinkle with pine nuts and whisk together dressing ingredients
Preheat grill on high, about 425 degrees
After breasts have brined for 30 minutes, remove breasts from water, pat dry with paper towels
Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste
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)
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
Whisk dressing again and dress salad
Leave whole or if desired, cut breasts on the diagonal and serve topped with salad
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