Thursday, August 28, 2014

End of Summer Chopped Salad


It's still summer and with the long, upcoming weekend, I am thinking you might have some grilling plans.  NOTHING says summer like grilled food, especially grilled fruit.  AND I absolutely love mixing fruit in my salad.  Such a great combo.  So, here's an easy end of summer chopped salad that includes, grilled pineapple, grape tomaotes, avocado, sliced chicken breasts, goat cheese and pecan halves all tossed in a lime vinaigrette.  YUM!

The best part of chopped salads is that they really are a throw together meal.  Everything is included and they taste as well as look FABULOUS!

Here's what you need to gather:  2 grilled chicken breasts, 2 cups Romaine lettuce, 2 cups spinach, 8 grilled pineapple slices, 1 cup grape tomaotes, 1 avocado cubed, 4 oz goat cheese and 1/2 cup pecan halves.

To grill the chicken breasts, marinate in 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 Tbsp lime juice and 1 Tbsp minced garlic for 20 minutes before placing on the grill.  Grill over med-hot coals until no longer pink.  Remove from grill and slice.
To grill the pineapple, just place pineapple slices on the grill for 2-3 minutes per side.

Toss all your salad ingredients together and drizzle a lime vinaigrette over top.  To make the lime vinaigrette, whisk together 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 2 Tbsp lime juice, 2 tsp honey and salt to taste.

Summer freshness on a plate.  Didn't even need to heat up the house with the oven!  I love how the lime vinaigrette becomes creamier with the goat cheese when you toss the salad.  Each bite is delish!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,

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