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 the goods

8-10 chicken tenders or 2 whole chicken breasts sliced into strips

olive oil

2 cloves garlic

salt, pepper and chili flakes

4-6 mini red peppers or one whole pepper sliced into strips

8 slices of prosciutto

3 cups of sliced romaine lettuce

one cucumber, sliced and cubed

2-3 ripe tomatoes

1 cup blanched snow peas

1 cup basil leaves

6oz basque sheeps milk cheese sliced into strips

1 avocado, sliced into wedges (optional)

dressing:

1/3-1/2 cup light mayonnaise

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 tablespoon pesto

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

dash olive oil

pinch brown sugar

time: about 30 minutes

you will need:

  • salad bowl
  • grill
  • small mixing bowl for dressing

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best red wine: gigondas 2001/ 2002

best whitewine: pike's reisling 

grilled chicken salad with creamy basil dressing

toss: chicken tenders in a ziploc bag with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 crushed clove garlic, pinch salt, pepper and chili flakes

drizzle: 1 tablepoon of olive oil over red pepper strips

grill: chicken tenders and place pepper strips on a cooler part of the grill. place prosciutto in a stack next to the chicken. grill everything for about 4 minutes each side

combine: romaine lettuce, sliced into 1 inch strips; cucumber,  tomatoes cut into wedges, sugarsnap or snow peas, basil leaves,  basque  cheese (substitute with your favourite), sliced avocado (optional). place in a large, open salad bowl

combine: 1/3 cup of light mayonnaise, dijon mustard, pesto, white wine vinegar, splash of olive oil, pinch of brown sugar, cracked black pepper to taste. mix well. taste the dressing; add more pesto, mustard or vinegar for a sharper flavor or more oil or mayonnaise for a smoother flavor

chop: the prosciutto into strips. the outside of the stack should be crisp, the inside smoky and tender. add the prosciutto, red peppers and the grilled chicken tenders to the salad, top with the dressing and serve with grilled flatbread or a warm ciabatta loaf

tip: don't eat meat? try grilled salmon instead!

feeling lazy? see whether your supermarket has a ready made salad dressing. 'trader joe's' have a couple that I use when I want to cut corners

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