Grilled Chicken and Pepper Salad
Sometimes the best thing you can do in a kitchen is get out and go for the grill. Here’s how to create a simple bed of grilled goodness to anchor a warm salad. All with an easy twist to create a double duty marinade/dressing and jazz it all up.
4 peppers assorted colors, halved, stemmed and seeded
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 heaping spoonful (1 tablespoon/15 ml) or so of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 large bunch fresh basil
3 or 4 green onions, chopped
1-2 sprinkles of salt and lots of freshly ground pepper
Prepare and preheat your grill to its highest setting.
Halve the peppers and remove the seeds.
Toss them in a bowl with a big splash of olive oil and set aside. Whisk together the vinegar, oil, mustard and chili powder to make your double duty marinade/dressing. Reserve a half cup or so of the sauce to act as a salad dressing and put it in a second bowl. Always use separate bowls so as not to contaminate the dressing half with the raw chicken!
Toss the chicken breasts in the marinade to coat. Now bring it and the peppers to the grill and cook both sides to perfection.
Layer the peppers in a festive salad bowl, thinly slice the chicken breasts and place on top. Add your fresh basil and green onions and pour on your dressing. Pretty and pretty fantastic! All that grilled goodness is ready for the plate. Serve and share!
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Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs is a passionate advocate for simple, sustainable home cooking and an inspiration for families creating their own healthy food lifestyle. He’s the host of Chef Michaels Kitchen, Chef Abroad, Chef at Home and Chef at Large seen on Food Network Canada and in more than 100 other countries. Michael will also join the panel of expert judges on Chopped Canada, coming to Food Network Canada in winter 2014. Michael Smith will be at the Delicious Food Show which is running Oct. 25-27 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place