Lemon-Chipotle Chopped Salad Recipe

Serve this nourishing chopped salad on hot nights when you don’t feel like cooking.



From “Weeknight Fresh & Fast”
July/August 2015

  • This chopped salad is hearty enough to be a main course, and perfect for hot summer nights when you don't want to cook.
    Photo by Kate Sears
  • Kristine Kidd's "Weeknight Fresh and Fast" is full of delicious, smart and healthy recipes ideal for quick meals.
    Cover courtesy William-Sonoma

Yield: 4 servings

This big salad, made with precooked chicken, is perfect for a hot night when you don’t want to cook. Bold chipotle chilies perk up the lemon-basil dressing. Serve it with crusty bread and finish with cooling slices of fresh melon. Get a recipe for Crusty No-Knead French Bread.

Lemon-Chipotle Chopped Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

• 1 roasted chicken, about 2 pounds
• 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 6 tablespoons olive oil
• 1⁄3 cup minced fresh basil
• 1 shallot, minced
• 1 to 1-1⁄2 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
• Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
• 2 cucumbers (Asian or Persian preferred), halved lengthwise and cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
• 2 heirloom tomatoes, diced
• 1 red bell pepper, diced
• 1 to 2 romaine hearts, trimmed and chopped
• 1 large avocado, diced

Instructions:

1. Pull chicken meat from bones, discarding skin. Cut meat into bite-size pieces and transfer to a large salad bowl. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, combine mustard and lemon juice, and whisk to blend. Gradually whisk in oil. Mix in basil, shallot and chipotle with its sauce. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Mix 1⁄4 cup dressing into chicken and marinate while preparing remaining ingredients.

4. Mix cucumbers, tomatoes and bell pepper into chicken. Mix in lettuce. Add enough dressing to lightly coat ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning. Toss in avocado and serve. Serves 4.

Quick Tips

You can often find high-quality rotisserie chicken in grocery store delis. Otherwise, consider roasting a chicken or two on the weekend; strip the meat from the bones and store it for use throughout the week. The dressing for this salad can be made a day ahead and refrigerated; mix in vegetables just before serving. For a meatless version, replace chicken with two 15-ounce cans chickpeas. Simmer beans with 1⁄2 cup water and 1⁄4 cup dressing for five minutes; cool before using.

Put healthful, yummy dinners on the table with 4 Fresh and Fast Weeknight Meals.


Recipe adapted from Weeknight Fresh & Fast by Kristine Kidd, published by Williams-Sonoma, 2011.


Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds