Grilled Chicken Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Ingredients 9
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

3
slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4
cup balsamic vinegar
1/4
cup olive oil
2
tablespoons brown sugar
1/2
teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
4
boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2
red bell peppers, each quartered
2
small yellow summer squash or zucchini, each halved lengthwise and crosswise
4
cups purchased mixed salad greens

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat grill. Cook bacon in medium skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet; drain on paper towel. Set aside.
  • 2
    Add vinegar, oil, brown sugar and marjoram to bacon drippings in skillet; cook and stir over medium heat to mix and dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Reserve about 1/4 cup of vinegar mixture to use as glaze during grilling; set remaining aside for dressing.
  • 3
    When ready to grill, place chicken on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cook 5 minutes.
  • 4
    Brush chicken with reserved glaze; turn chicken. Add bell peppers and squash to grill. Brush chicken and vegetables with glaze. Cook about 10 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender and juices run clear and vegetables are crisp-tender, turning chicken and vegetables, and brushing with glaze once or twice. Discard any remaining glaze.
  • 5
    To serve, arrange mixed greens on 4 individual plates. Cut chicken crosswise into slices; place over greens. Arrange bell peppers and squash around chicken. Sprinkle with bacon. Drizzle or serve with reserved dressing.

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Tips

Expert Tips

  • Marjoram, an ancient herb of the mint family, was prized by early Greeks as a symbol of happiness in life as well as the afterlife. The sweet oregano-like aroma of marjoram goes well with chicken, lamb and veal.
  • Cooking oils contain saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat in differing proportions. Olive oil has the most monounsaturated fat, making it a good choice for heart-healthy eating.
  • Serve hearty whole grain rolls and ice tea with this chicken salad.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
420
Calories from Fat
240
% Daily Value
Total Fat
27g
42%
Saturated Fat
6g
30%
Cholesterol
85mg
28%
Sodium
200mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
15g
5%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
10g
Protein
30g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%
60%
Vitamin C
100%
100%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1/2 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 4 Very Lean Meat; 5 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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