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Friday, February 22, 2013

Pomegranate Grilled Chicken Salad with Goat Cheese

Ok, with the pomegranate balsamic dressing, it may not be the prettiest salad I have ever made, but man, oh man, did it taste goooooood!!!  So, what do you do if you don't have pomegranate balsamic vinegar?  Easy.. either just stick with some good old balsamic, OR, add a little pomegranate juice to the mix and you should be good.  Don't let a tiny little thing like that stop you from making this.... you'll be highly disappointed if you do :)

Pomegranate Grilled Chicken Salad with Goat Cheese
Created by Jenn's Food Journey
- Serves 2 -
Printable Recipe 
Ingredients:
1 1/2 Tablespoons pomegranate balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2-3 cups green leave lettuce, chopped or shredded by hand
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
1/2 English cucumber, sliced
2-3 oz goat cheese crumbles
1/4 cup dried pomegranate cranberries
Tortilla strips (optional)
For the dressing -
2 Tablespoons pomegranate balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey

Directions:
Mix together the vinegar, oil, sugar and garlic until well combined.  Place the chicken in a resealable bag and pour the mixture over it.  Seal and place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

Preheat grill to 375 degrees F.  Clean and oil grill grates.  Place chicken over direct heat and grill for 8-10 minutes per side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.  Remove from grill and allow to cool before slicing thinly or into bite size chunks.

Meanwhile, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing; set aside.

To build the salad - place lettuce on a large plate or bowl, top with chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado slices, goat cheese and cranberries.  Drizzle with dressing and top with tortilla strips or croutons.  Serve and enjoy!

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16 comments:

StephenC said...

An even rarer pantry ingredient, pomegranate molasses, might serve if laced with a bit of cider vinegar. So pleased you used Crout-ons.

Debbie said...

Love how this is on a bed of lettuce. Looks so delicious. Have a great weekend!

Mary Younkin said...

The salad is gorgeous, Jenn. I bet that balsamic is awesome. I'm hooked on a new vanilla balsamic these days. I love the different flavors!

Yenta Mary said...

I'll mix a bit of my pomegranate molasses with some balsamic vinegar, and may very well make this chicken this weekend! How'd you know I was defrosting chicken breasts, and wondering what to do with them???

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Mmm ... sounds, and looks, good to me. But I'd have a hard time using just half an avocado and half a cucumber. (But, so the excess of each wouldn't overwhelm the salad, I'd probably just nibble on those myself while I was putting the salad together!)

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Mary said...

Salad weather will soon be here and this sounds like a delicious must try. Have a great weekend, Jenn. Blessings...Mary.

We Are Not Martha said...

Perfect way to jazz up a chicken salad! I love pomegranate on EVERYTHING!!

Sues

Pam said...

I think it looks beautiful and delicious! I need to find the pomegranate balsamic vinegar. YUM.

Pam said...

This sounds great! Love goat cheese and pomegranates too so this is a winner!

Cranberry Morning said...

I saw the photo first and thought, 'What a beautiful salad,' then read your first sentence. lol Well, I think it's beautiful and it sounds spectacular, Jenn.

Angie's Recipes said...

Goat cheese and grilled chicken..the salad couldn't get better than this!

Vanessa @ Cakes and Teacups said...

Looks really good Jen :)

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

I think it's pretty and sounds delicious - a lot of my favorite ingredients :)
Mary x

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

I just happen to have some pomegranate vinegar. Beautiful salad Jenn

Chris said...

That sounds so good that it makes a salad not so salady!