Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad!

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Spring and summer, the time for simple, lovely, easy to put together meals. We love this Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad for it’s simplicity, flavor and beauty. See what we mean…
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Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad on a wodden serving board

 

The Chicken:

Brining is the secret to success when it comes to boneless, skinless chicken breasts (don’t worry it’s easy!). These breasts were brined in sea salt salt and water for 30 minutes, then grilled to juicy perfection. No dry, tasteless chicken breasts here!

Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad on wood board with gold forks

The Salad:

Peppery arugula with sweet, ripe, colorful strawberries, sprinkled with roasted pine nuts. So simple. So lovely.

Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad on white backdrop

The Dressing:

We give you two choices: we prefer an olive oil and white balsamic vinaigrette on this salad. It’s smooth, fresh and light, perfect for spring and summer. But you can also use a traditional balsamic.

Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Arugula Salad! #grilledchicken #strawberrysalad #paleo #whole30 #recipesfortwo

 

What you need: Himalayan or kosher sea salt for brining and a quality white balsamic vinegar (<—our fave but we also like this one) If you prefer you can use a traditional balsamic. You will also need parchment paper and a rolling pin for pounding chicken.

A fresh, light, beautiful spring/summer salad with a choice of white balsamic vinaigrette or traditional balsamic vinaigrette. Paleo and Whole 30!

Course:

dinner, Main Course

Cuisine:

American, BBQ, grilling

Keyword:

#bbq, #easy dinner, Paleo, whole30

Servings: 4

Author: Linda Spiker

For Chicken:

  • 4
    smallish boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded and brined
  • 6
    cups
    water
  • 1/3
    cup
    sea salt, I use Himalayan sea salt, but you can use Kosher too
  • sea salt, pepper, olive oil

For Salad:

  • 4
    cups
    organic baby arugula
  • 2
    cups
    sliced organic strawberries
  • 1/4
    cup
    roasted pine nuts

For White Balsamic dressing:

  • 1/3
    cup
    extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 3
    tablespoons
    white balsamic
  • 1
    tablespoon
    fresh lemon juice
  • pinch
    sea salt and black pepper

If using traditional balsamic

  • 1/3
    cup
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 3
    tablespoons
    balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    dijon mustard
  • pinch sea salt and pepper
  1. Place water and salt in a large bowl and stir

  2. Place chicken breasts between folded parchment paper and pound with a rolling pin until uniformly thick (about 3/4″ thick is best)

  3. Place breasts in salt water for 30 minutes

While breasts brine, prepare salad and dressing, preheat grill:

  1. After breasts have brined for 20 minutes, place lettuce and sliced berries on platter, sprinkle with pine nuts and  whisk together dressing ingredients

  2. Preheat grill on high, about  425 degrees

  3. After breasts have brined for 30 minutes, remove breasts from water, pat dry with paper towels

  4. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste

  5. Place breasts on preheated grill, close lid and cook until nice golden grill marks are established (3-4 minutes), then turn the meat a quarter turn (don’t flip, just rotate the same side a 1/4 turn) and cook until new criss-cross marks appear.  (3-4 minutes)

  6. Turn breasts over, lower heat to med/low (about 350 degrees) close lid and cook for five more minutes until just cooked through. Don’t over cook! Remove from grill

  7. Whisk dressing again and dress salad

  8. Leave whole or if desired, cut breasts on the diagonal and serve topped with salad

 

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