Romaine Salad with Chicken, Apricots & Mint

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Romaine Salad with Chicken, Apricots & Mint

Romaine Salad with Chicken, Apricots & Mint

This bright and summery entree salad, which uses a savory apricot puree as both marinade and dressing, makes a refreshing change from the standby Chicken Caesar. The salad also works well with sliced peaches or nectarines.

Serves 4

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups loosely packed mint leaves, (about 1 bunch)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed of fat
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces (10 cups)
  • 6 fresh apricots, or plums, pitted and cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted (see Tip)

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat grill.

Step 2

To prepare marinade & dressing: Soak dried apricots in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and transfer apricots to a food processor. Add 2 cups mint, orange zest, orange juice, honey, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Process until smooth. With the motor running, gradually drizzle in oil. Reserve 1 cup for the dressing.

Step 3

To prepare salad: Transfer the remaining marinade to a large sealable plastic bag. Add chicken, seal and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Step 4

Lightly oil the grill rack (hold a piece of oil-soaked paper towel with tongs and rub it over the grate). Grill the chicken over medium-high heat until no longer pink in the center, 6 to 8 minutes per side. (Discard the marinade.)

Step 5

Meanwhile, combine lettuce, apricot (or plum) wedges and chopped mint in a large bowl. Add the reserved dressing and toss to coat. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Slice the chicken and arrange over the salads. Sprinkle with almonds and serve.


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