Wednesday, May 11, 2011

We Could of Had it All

I've always been a big fan of salads, especially when the weather heats up. With fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein, and carbohydrates, salads really have it all.

A few months ago I was hanging out in my mother-in-law's kitchen, leafing through old food magazines when I spotted a spread on salads inspired by classic dishes. Favorites like Steak and Potatoes, Pork Chops and Applesauce, or Chicken Parmesan were represented. I couldn't imagine a salad filling me up the way Chicken Parmesan would, but I knew I had to give it a try.

Grilled Chicken Salad With Parmesan Breadcrumbs (inspired by Food Network Magazine)
Serves 2
  • 2 plum tomato, diced
  • 2 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, plus 2 tablespoons oil from the jar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, torn
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 oz shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cups lettuce
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, roughly chopped

Place plum tomato, sun-dried tomatoes, vinegar, garlic, oregano, a few basil leaves and 2 tablespoons parmesan in a blender or food processor and puree.

Drizzle in the sun-dried tomato oil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the breadcrumbs, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Parmesan and the parsley and cook until toasted, about 1 more minute.

Toss the salad greens and remaining basil in a large bowl. Add the chicken to the greens along with the mozzarella. Toss with the dressing, then sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.

Serve immediately on a chilled plate.

The salad turned out delicious and filling. Of course you don't quite get the feeling that you just ate classic Chicken Parmesan, but the flavors are well represented and I didn't feel a little healthier afterwards.

Are you a fan of salad? Has a favorite meal ever inspired a salad creation?


  1. Hm...a good concept but after eating that I think I would just be craving actual chicken parm :/

    I do love salads, but like to keep them as such.

  2. I agree with Stephanie that I'd probably still want chicken parm after... ha... but this does look tasty. I think a steak and potato salad would be right up my alley too.

  3. Mmm, this is my kind of salad, it looks very flavorful and filling!