Balsamic vinegar, strawberries and black pepper are a classic Italian trio: spicy and sweet, refined and earthy. Here they combine in a delicious dinner salad, topped with grilled chicken and toasted almonds. This dressing is also great on a salad of arugula, goat cheese and pecans.
thin asparagus, stem ends snapped off, cut into 2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
sugar snap peas, stemmed (2 cups) (see Tip)
snow peas, stemmed (2 cups)
fresh lemon juice
almond oil (see Note), or canola oil
freshly ground pepper
boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
salt-free lemon-pepper seasoning
Fresh Strawberry Dressing, (recipe follows)
sliced almonds, toasted
whole strawberries, for garnish
Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking vegetables. Prepare a grill or preheat broiler
Blanch asparagus, sugar snaps and snow peas in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water to refresh, then blot dry with paper towels. Whisk lemon juice, almond oil (or canola oil
), salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the vegetables and scallions; toss to coat.
Rub chicken with canola oil
and sprinkle with lemon-pepper seasoning. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the chicken and cook until lightly browned and no longer pink in the center, about 6 minutes per side. (Alternatively, broil the chicken on an oiled broiler pan 4 to 6 inches from the heat source until cooked through, about 6 minutes per side.) Let rest for 5 minutes.
Cut the chicken crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Divide the vegetable mixture among 4 plates. Arrange the chicken over the vegetables. Spoon about 3 tablespoons Fresh Strawberry Dressing over each salad. Sprinkle with almonds and garnish
each serving with a strawberry. Serve immediately.
Tip: Sugar snaps have a fibrous seam on the inside curve. To remove it, grasp the stem protruding from one end and pull it down the inside curve as if you were unzipping the pea.
Note: Almond oil is an unrefined oil pressed from almonds
. You can find it in many supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store it in the refrigerator.
Tip: To oil the grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu
and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Blanch
the vegetables up to 4 hours before serving; store in the refrigerator under barely moistened paper towels.
Calories 321, Total Fat 17 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 11 g, Cholesterol 49 mg, Sodium 356 mg, Carbohydrate 17 g, Fiber 5 g, Protein 25 g, Potassium 633 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 110%, Iron 20%. Exchanges: Fruit 0.25,Vegetable 3,Lean Meat 3,Fat 3.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet