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Mediterranean Chicken Salad Recipe

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Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Lisa Sierra (c) 2011 Licensed to About.com Inc.
The Mediterranean has such a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. The traditional Spanish diet utilizes many of them, including olives, roasted peppers and fresh cheese. We decided to take some of these classic ingredients and prepare a simple salad as a main course. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be grilled ahead of time, or while prep is performed on the salad. Then, it's simply a matter of arranging roasted red pepper strips, sauteeing sliced onions and sprinkling feta cheese, sliced olives and tomatoes on top. Dress just before serving.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cups torn romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 large roasted red pepper
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 3 oz feta cheese
  • 8 Tbsp sliced black olives
  • salt to taste
  • sherry or balsamic vinegar
  • extra virgin olive oil

Preparation:

Season with salt and grill the chicken on barbecue or under broiler. Cook on both sides.

While the chicken is cooking, cut the onion into slices to make rings. Saute the onion rings in olive oil until soft and translucent.

Slice the roasted red peppers in long strips. Cut the tomatoes in 8 pieces each. Peel and slice the cucumber.

Divide the lettuce between four plates. Arrange the red pepper strips, tomatoes and black olives over the lettuce.

Slice the chicken and arrange on top of each plate of salad. Crumble feta cheese over the top.

Drizzle vinegar and olive oil over salads and serve.

Tip: Grill the chicken breasts ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

The Mediterranean diet continues to make headlines as a healthy diet, and traditional Spanish Cuisine is a Mediterranean Diet, full of fresh fish, fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables.

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