California Grilled Chicken Salad

California Grilled Chicken Salad
California Grilled Chicken Salad. Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images
  • 33 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 18 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4

The great thing about this recipe is that it uses the salad dressing as a marinade. This allows the flavors in the chicken to match the rest of the salad.

What You'll Need

  • For the Dressing and Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon shallots (chopped)
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the Chicken Salad:
  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 medium head romaine lettuce (washed and cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup  kalamata olives
  • 1/4 pound pancetta (cooked, drained, and cut into small pieces)
  • 2 avocados (peeled and diced)
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese (crumbled)

How to Make It

  1. Combine dressing ingredients and pour 1/4 cup (60 mL) of the mixture  into a resealable bag.
  2. Add chicken breasts to the bag, seal, and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Reserve remaining dressing in air-tight container in the refrigerator.
  3. Preheat grill.
  4. Grill chicken over medium-high heat until the thickest part of breast reaches 165 degrees F. On a gas grill it will take about 6 to 8 minutes per side. On a charcoal grill, it will take about 10 minutes per side.
  1. Once cooked, remove chicken from heat and place onto a cutting board. Let rest for a few minutes.
  2. Cut chicken into thin strips. Toss lettuce and arugula with refrigerated dressing and add the remaining ingredients. Top with chicken strips.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 1777
Total Fat 120 g
Saturated Fat 28 g
Unsaturated Fat 61 g
Cholesterol 425 mg
Sodium 807 mg
Carbohydrates 30 g
Dietary Fiber 14 g
Protein 141 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)