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Hearty Mediterranean Salad with Balsamic Chicken

Hearty Mediterranean Salad with Balsamic Chicken


  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 18 chunks
  • 18 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium zucchini, trimmed and cut into 18 rounds
  • 1 large yellow pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 18 wedges
  • 1 small sweet onion, trimmed and cut into 18 chunks
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 of a 14-ounce round whole-wheat bread loaf, cut into four slices
  • 10 cups baby arugula leaves, rinsed and spun dry
  • 2 cups torn fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (rinsed and drained if canned)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Using six skewers, thread a chunk of chicken onto one skewer, followed by a cherry tomato, a zucchini round, a pepper wedge, and an onion chunk.
  2. Repeat process two more times, so skewer holds three chicken chunks, three cherry tomatoes, three zucchini rounds, three pepper wedges, and three onion chunks.
  3. Thread remaining five skewers in the same manner.
  4. Lightly brush all skewers with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette; save the rest for topping salads. Oil grill grates and preheat grill to medium.
  5. Place skewers on grill and cook, turning several times, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until chicken is just cooked through and vegetables are tender. Transfer skewers to a platter.
  6. Place bread on grill and brown on both sides, about 1 minute total. Serve as grilled slices, or cut bread into cubes for croutons.
  7. Arrange equal portions of arugula, basil, and chickpeas on four large plates. Top each salad with a bread slice (or sprinkle with croutons) and the contents of one and a half skewers, then drizzle with a portion of the reserved vinaigrette.


  • Nutritional information includes 1/8 teaspoon of added salt per serving.

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 498 kcal cal., 19 g fat (3 g sat. fat), 52 g carb., 10 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 32 g pro., 220 mg calcium, 4 mg iron. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


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