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Chopped Summer Salad with Grilled Chicken and Herbs

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1 teaspoon olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

teaspoon salt

teaspoon ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound chicken breast cutlets or tenders


1 package (5 ounces) mixed spring greens

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

3 tablespoons torn fresh basil leaves

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 tablespoon minced fresh mint


cup rice wine vinegar

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

Pinch of allspice

Pinch of ground cloves

cup finely chopped shallots

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon olive oil


2 ears corn, husked

2 tomatillos, husked and halved

2 medium apples, cored and chopped

1 cup peeled and chopped jicama

1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped

For the chicken: In a zip-close plastic bag, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, black pepper and garlic. Add the chicken, then massage the marinade into the meat. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Meanwhile, prepare the greens. In a large bowl, combine the mixed greens, chives, cilantro, basil, parsley and mint. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

When ready to cook the chicken, prepare the vinaigrette.

For the vinaigrette: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the rice wine vinegar, sugar, salt, allspice, cloves and shallots. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Whisk in the mustard and olive oil. Heat the grill to high. Using an oil-soaked paper towel held with tongs, oil the grill grates.

Add the chicken, both ears of corn and the tomatillos to the grill. The chicken should grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side. The corn should grill for about the same time, but with frequent turning to sear all sides. The tomatillos should be grilled for the same duration, cut side down. Transfer the vegetables to a plate to cool.

Once cooled, chop the tomatillos. Cut the kernels off the corn. To do this, one at a time stand each ear of corn on its wide end and use a serrated knife to saw down the length of the cob. In a medium bowl, combine the corn, tomatillos, apples, jicama and bell pepper. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the vegetables, then toss to coat.

To serve: Divide the greens between 4 plates. Top with the chopped vegetable mixture, then the grilled chicken.

Serves four.

Nutrition values per serving: 320 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 34 g carbohydrates, 7 g fiber, 30 g protein, 65 mg cholesterol, 880 mg sodium.

Alison Ladman for The Associated Press

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