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Red Leaf & Cabbage Salad with Grilled Tarragon Chicken

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Serves four as a light main  course.

Main-dish salads are summer’s answer to the one-bowl weeknight meal. And while this satisfying salad can be served family-style in a large serving bowl or platter, it’s better to plate it individually to ensure that the ingredients get thoroughly dressed and equally distributed.

  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, washed, dried, and torn into bite-size pieces (about 10 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage (about 1/4 small head)
  • 2 Tbs. red-wine vinegar
  • 5 Tbs. chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 oz. crumbled blue cheese (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
Tip:
It’s important to cook the chicken over moderate heat. If the grill is too hot, the honey in the glaze will burn.

 Heat a gas grill to medium. Put the lettuce and cabbage in a large bowl, cover with a damp paper towel, and refrigerate. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar with 2 Tbs. of the tarragon, 1 tsp. of the mustard, 1 tsp. of the honey, and the shallot. Whisk in 1/3 cup of the oil and season with salt and pepper.

Remove the tenderloins from the chicken breasts and reserve for another use. Put the chicken in a medium bowl and season with salt and a generous amount of pepper. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining 3  Tbs. tarragon, 2  Tbs. mustard, 2  tsp. honey, and 1  Tbs. oil until well combined. Spread this mixture all over the chicken.

Put the chicken on the grill, cover, and cook the chicken on one side until grill marks appear, 5 to 6 min. Flip the chicken over, cover, and continue to cook until the chicken is cooked through, firm, and golden brown all over, another 4 to 6 min. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 min. Slice the chicken crosswise on an angle into 1/2-inch slices.

Toss the greens with just enough of the dressing to coat well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Portion the greens among four plates. Arrange the sliced chicken on and around the greens and drizzle with a little of the remaining dressing. Sprinkle with the blue cheese and almonds and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 477; Fat (g): 38; Fat Calories (kcal): 340; Saturated Fat (g): 8; Protein (g): 23; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 24; Carbohydrates (g): 13; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4; Sodium (mg): 855; Cholesterol (mg): 52; Fiber (g): 3;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is a wonderful and tasty salad. The dressing is what makes this and the guest will rave about it.

This salad is very easy and tastes great!! You have to like tarragon, it is the important taste. I did use goat cheese crumbles instead of blue cheese. I will be making this many times. I may try other herbs, just to change it up once in a while.

Hard to believe no one has yet rated this recipe! It is wonderful. I have a friend who requests it every time she visits. The dressing is what makes it.

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