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Peach Salad w/Grilled Basil Chicken & White Balsamic-Honey Vinaigrette (Serves about 5)
courtesy of Cooking Classy

Delicious Summer salad showcasing juicy peaches, fresh corn and lettuces.

Grilled Chicken & Vinaigrette Ingredients
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 Tbsp olive oil , plus more for brushing grill
1/3 cup slightly packed chopped fresh basil
2 cloves garlic , minced
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vinaigrette

1/3 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

salad
10 oz Spring Mix lettuce or 1 head of leaf lettuce, washed and sliced into wide ribbons
1 lb peaches , sliced (about 3 small)
2 ears corn , husked and kernels cut from cob
1/2 cup chopped pecans , toasted
1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
4 oz Goat cheese , crumbled

Method
  1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, basil, garlic, and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper (about 1/2 tsp of each). Using the back of a spoon, press basil against sides and bottom of bowl (to help extract flavor from basil). Place chicken in a resealable bag and pound thicker parts of chicken to even thickness with a meat mallet, then pour basil mixture over chicken and evenly distribute basil over chicken. Seal bag while pressing excess air out, rub marinade over chicken and transfer to refrigerator and marinate 2 - 5 hours.
  2. Preheat a grill to 425 - 450 degrees over medium high heat. Brush grill grates lightly with olive oil then place chicken on grill. Grill until cooked through, rotating once halfway through cooking, about 4 - 5 minutes per side (chicken should register 165 degrees in center of chicken on an instant read thermometer). Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes then slice into strips or dice into cubes.
  3. For the vinaigrette:
  4. For the chicken: Whisk together all ingredients until well blended and season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in refrigerator until ready to use, stir again before pouring over salad.
  5. For the salad:
  6. In a large salad bowl gently toss together lettuce, peaches, corn, pecans, onions, and grilled chicken. Sprinkle goat cheese over top and drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve immediately after adding dressing.






 
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