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Summer Chicken Sink Salad with Basil & Balsamic

It's the perfect way to use up your summer veggies!
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This is a play on the Kitchen Sink concept where you use what's on hand. In this case, I'm using chicken breast because I like to keep grilled chicken breasts on hand for summery entree salads like this one. The grilled corn is perfect in this salad because it adds sweetness and crunch. The combinations are endless so get creative with your salad!

Hot tip! Whenever you are grilling corn, throw a couple of extra ears and save them for salads or a light summer corn pasta or grain dish.

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You'll Need

For the salad:

6 cups chopped bibb & romaine lettuce
Tomato wedges
Grilled chicken, sliced
Grilled corn kernels
Roasted red peppers, chopped
Fresh basil, thinly sliced
Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper.

For the mustard balsamic dressing:

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp whole-grain mustard
1 tsp honey
Salt & pepper

How to Make It

  1. Scatter about the lettuce across the bottom of a shallow salad or serving bowl and toss lightly to combine.
  2. In a circular pattern around the bowl place tomato wedges, sliced grilled chicken breasts, grilled corn kernels, chopped roasted red peppers, generous amounts of fresh thinly sliced basil.
  3. Season the salad with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. For the dressing, combine the extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic, whole grain mustard, and honey in a mason jar or jam jar with a good sealing lid. Add a big pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Screw tightly and shake vigorously.
  5. Drizzle half of the dressing over the top, toss, and add more if desired. The dressing will last for up to 3 weeks when stored in the refrigerator.


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Claudia Sidoti
Claudia Sidoti's deep connection with food began in her grandmother’s kitchen and landed her in the kitchens of Food Network as the Test Kitchen Director. Read more about Claudia