I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Grilled Chicken & Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

The marinated chicken & the homemade dressing makes this recipe wonderful.   You want to make sure you marinate the chicken for at least 3 or 4 hours.   I will normally throw the chicken in the marinate in the morning if having it for dinner.  This amazing salad is only 190 calories and that's with the dressing.

(serves 4)

*4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 4 oz each
*1 (10 ounce) bag baby spinach
*1/2 onion, thinly sliced
*1/2 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
*1/2 cucumber, diced
*1 tomato, diced
*1 carrot, sliced thin

*lemon juice, freshly squeezed from 1 lemon
*2 teaspoons water
*1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
*1/4 teaspoon dried basil
*2 garlic cloves, minced
*1 tablespoon onion, minced
*1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
*1/4 teaspoon black pepper

*grated lemon peel, from one lemon
*1/4 teaspoon dried basil
*2 tablespoons onions, minced
*1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
*1 tablespoon water
*2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
*3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon black pepper

~In a gallon size zip-loc bag, mix lemon juice, 2 teaspoons water, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon basil, 2 garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon minced onions, kosher salt & 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
~Add chicken breasts, seal bag, & marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
~Blend lemon peel, 1/4 teaspoon dried basil, 2 tablespoons minced onion, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon water, olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt & 1/4 teaspoon pepper, until mixture is smooth.
~Preheat your grill or indoor griddle to medium-high heat.
~Spray with a cooking spray to prevent sticking.
~Once grill/griddle is hot, put chicken on it.
~Cook on both sides about (4 minutes on each side) until chicken is done.
~Remove and set aside.
~Mix spinach, sliced onions, carrots, cucumber, red pepper & tomato into a large bowl.
~Divide salad into four servings.
~Cut on chicken breasts and lay over salads.
~Pour vinaigrette over salads & serve.

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

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