Grilled Chicken & Berry Salad with Goat Cheese, Pecans, and Blueberry Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

I love salads.  Most days, that is what I have for lunch.  If you’ve seen some of my Friday Fun posts (here and here), you’ll see some of the variations I like.  Oftentimes, they involve fruit.  I love fruit on my salad.  And cheese, especially a strong cheese, like blue, feta, or goat cheese.  Throw in a few nuts for crunch, and I am a happy girl.  For dinner, though, and especially for The Hubby, who thinks meal is not complete unless it includes meat, I do try to make salads that are a bit more substantial, and add some sort of protein, usually chicken or shrimp.

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I don’t reach for the bottled dressings that often, but I pretty much just stuck with sprinkling my salads with a little olive oil and vinegar.  Lately, though, I have been making more homemade vinaigrettes.  I like that they are more flavorful than just the oil and vinegar combo, but making them myself means I know exactly what is going in there, and can control the sugar, salt, oil, and other stuff.  And it is super-easy with my Magic Bullet.

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This combination was born simply out of having some blueberries, strawberries, and goat cheese in the fridge.  And it turned out so yummy!  It is a perfect spring/summer salad, especially when you have nice, fresh berries, and can get outside to cook the chicken on the grill.  The dressing doubles as a marinade for the chicken, and it gives it a nice tangy, sweet flavor and glaze.  The Hubby and I loved it.  The Bug still isn’t into salads, but he dug into the chicken with some dressing on it, and the berries.

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Grilled Chicken & Berry Salad with Goat Cheese, Pecans, and Blueberry Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For blueberry balsamic dressing/marinade:
  • ½ c blueberries
  • ½ c balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1T Dijon mustard
  • ½ c olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • For salad:
  • 1 lb thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • Mixed salad greens (about 1½-2 bags, or 8-12 oz.)
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 4 T chopped pecans
  • ½ c blueberries
  • 1 c sliced strawberries
Instructions
  1. Combine the dressing ingredients and blend and emulsify in a blender or food processor (I used my Magic Bullet).
  2. Take about ½ c of the dressing, and pour it over the chicken in a bowl, pan, or plastic bag, and marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Turn on your grill (or grill pan) to medium-high heat.
  4. Place the chicken on the grill and reduce heat to medium. Cook about 3-5 minutes per side (depending on the thickness), or until completely cooked through, and juices run clear. Brush with some of the extra dressing/marinade while cooking,
  5. Let chicken rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.
  6. Divide the remaining salad ingredients among four plate, or place in one big bowl. Top with the sliced chicken and more dressing.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. says

    I really do love fruit with greens and have been happy with strawberries and spinach. However, after seeing this, I think I have been missing out! Wonderful elements you brought together here, I have saved this recipe. The dressing looks like a great think to have on hand, I can think of alot of tasty things to do with that! However, a start would be this delicious salad. I enjoyed stopping in and thanks for the recipe!
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    • says

      Thank you so much. I love strawberries and spinach, too. And this made quite a bit of dressing, and I only made salad for me and The Hubby, so I was eating it on salads for lunch for a few days. It was also good on spinach and strawberries with some feta cheese.

  2. Nathan says

    Unreal! Just made it! I added a touch of honey because of our out of season strawberries were a bit tart, but it turned out beautiful!

  3. says

    You have been featured this week on my Fit Inspirations post! Your recipe was selected from Fit and Fabulous Fridays by inlinkz!! :) This looks amazing!

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