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Grilled Chicken Salad With Roasted Asparagus and Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette

An easy and flavorful grilled chicken salad recipe made with roasted fresh asparagus, toasted pine nuts, and a delicious lemon balsamic vinaigrette dressing. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 256kcal
Author Amee

Ingredients

  • 16 oz leftover grilled chicken 4- 4 oz boneless breasts
  • 1 bunch of asparagus about 20 spears
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 oz mixed baby greens
  • ¼ cup pine nuts toasted
  • For The Dressing:
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest and extra for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar *use a good quality gourmet balsamic
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Rinse asparagus, pat dry and remove the ends.
  • Place asparagus on a shallow roasting pan and toss with 1-2 tbsp EVOO, then sprinkle with coarse salt
  • Roast for 10-15 min until lightly golden (cook time will depend on the thickness of the asparagus, so check them after the first 10 mins. I usually pull them out at 10-12 minutes.
  • Heat a saute pan over medium heat and toast pine nuts, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly golden, this usually takes less than a minute. Set aside.
  • Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, honey, dijon and salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Fill a large salad bowl, or 4 individual bowls with mixed greens.
  • Chop roasted asparagus into thirds and place on top of greens.
  • Add sliced grilled chicken (one breast each), then sprinkle pine nuts over top.
  • Drizzle lemon vinaigrette dressing on top, garnish with extra lemon zest and serve immediately.

Notes

Nutrition info is for salad only.
For the dressing: 8 servings (1 tbsp each) 
91 calories/ 9 grams fat/ 3 grams carbs

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 63mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g