Grilled Chicken and Grape Spring Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey-Balsamic Dressing

04.17.2015

Grilled Chicken and Grape Spring Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey Balsamic Dressing | Cooking Classy

Salad is one of my go to meals lately. When you add a protein like chicken it makes it filling enough to count as the main course and no longer just a side dish or appetizer. Plus they are generally really easy to throw together, as long as you don’t mind a little chopping.

This salad is definitely one of my new favorites and I’m sure I will make it countless times this spring and summer. I had two plates of it then still was left wanting more! It has such a delicious blend of flavors that all pair incredibly well together. Grapes and goat cheese are the perfect match, then you get this rich toasted flavor from the pecans, a little bite from the onions, a wonderful herbed flavor from the thyme and rosemary grilled chicken (which of course use fresh herbs if you have them this summer), and the perfect base to start the salad with a mix of baby spring lettuces. And of course let’s not forget that honey balsamic dressing that finishes it all off, it really is exactly what this salad needs and there couldn’t be a dressing that could compliment it better! It’s hint of honey and fair amount of richly-tart balsamic vinegar just makes this salad sing.

Make it soon, I have the feeling you’ll love it just as much as I do!!

Grilled Chicken and Grape Spring Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey Balsamic Dressing | Cooking ClassyGrilled Chicken and Grape Spring Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey Balsamic Dressing | Cooking ClassyGrilled Chicken and Grape Spring Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey Balsamic Dressing | Cooking Classy

Grilled Chicken and Grape Spring Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey-Balsamic Dressing

Yield: About 4 servings

Grilled Chicken and Grape Spring Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey-Balsamic Dressing

Ingredients

    Salad
  • 3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • Olive oil (about 2 tsp)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (5 oz) pkg baby spring lettuce blend
  • 1 1/2 cups red grapes, sliced into halves
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped and toasted
  • 1/3 of a small red onion (about a heaping 1/3 cup), sliced into thin strips and run under cool water to remove harsh bite
  • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • Dressing
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  • Preheat a gas grill over medium-high heat. Pound thicker parts of chicken with a meat mallet to even thickness. Brush chicken lightly with olive oil, sprinkle evenly with rosemary and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Grill until chicken has cooked through (internal temp of 165), rotating once halfway through cooking. Transfer to a plate and let rest 5 minutes, then cut into strips.
  • Add all remaining salad ingredients to a salad bowl. Pour over dressing, lightly toss and serve, or alternately plate salad then drizzle individual servings with dressing.
  • For the dressing:
  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste (about 1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper). Blend about 20 seconds until emulsified. Pour into a container and chill. Whisk before serving.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
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Grilled Chicken and Grape Spring Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey Balsamic Dressing | Cooking Classy

11 comments

  • Shari Kelley: You come up with the best salads and dressings, Jaclyn! I have never used grapes in a salad before, but I bet it is good. Can’t wait to try it! April 17, 2015 at 3:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hadn’t really either and I loved it! Thanks for the compliment Shari :)! April 17, 2015 at 4:43pm Reply

  • LoveCompassionateLee: This salad has the perfect combination of sweet and savory! I agree with Shari, I cannot wait to try it. Thanks for the great salad option, Jaclyn. April 17, 2015 at 9:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! April 17, 2015 at 11:01pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): Just gorgeous, I could live on this salad! Love the mix of sweet and savory flavors! April 17, 2015 at 11:34pm Reply

  • Amy @ Eat Pray Workout: Hey Jaclyn! Love this salad, I’ve never tried using grapes in salad before, but love the idea :) Pinned it to try later xx April 19, 2015 at 4:55am Reply

  • Charlene: I really look forward to trying this. I enjoy your site very much. You must have very happy faces around your table at mealtimes. I was wondering if you might have a suggestion for a substitute for the honey in the dressing. Thank you. April 20, 2015 at 6:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: If you don’t want a light sweetness to the dressing you can just omit it or you could replace it with real maple syrup or just a little bit of sugar. I hope you love it! April 20, 2015 at 10:33am Reply

  • Thao @ In Good Flavor: This is a delicious looking salad. It has such a nice balance of flavors. April 20, 2015 at 5:25pm Reply

  • Jennifer Smaldone: I’ve just discovered your website through Pinterest and your recipes are wonderful. I love the creativity and simplicity of your salads, everything is approachable! I’m making your grilled salmon tacos for dinner tonight. May 12, 2015 at 7:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love them! Glad you found my site Jennifer :)! May 12, 2015 at 10:49pm Reply

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