Thursday, December 18, 2008

Grilled chicken, cashew salad

The dressing is what makes this salad.

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons honey
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 chicken breasts , boneless and skinless (2 1/2 pounds total)
6 cups baby spinach , cleaned and dried
1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1/3 cup roasted salted cashews

To make the dressing, combine lemon juice, mustard, cumin, and honey in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil in a steady stream. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

Place chicken in a shallow dish and pour in 3 tablespoons dressing. Turn breasts to coat well. Let sit at room temperature 30 minutes. Heat grill or grill pan to medium high. Grill 4 to 6 minutes on each side until done, turning often to prevent burning. (Chicken should be browned and firm.) Remove from grill and allow to cool 10 minutes. Cut into 1/4-inch strips.

In a large bowl, toss spinach, tomatoes, and cashews with remaining dressing and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Transfer to a platter or divide among 4 plates, and top with chicken strips.

1 comment:

The Green Family said...

We has this last night for dinner and it was super yummy! The cumin makes it a perfect fall salad!

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