Grilled Chicken Kale Salad

Grilled Chicken Kale Salad: Tender grilled chicken, soft kale, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and crunchy pecans come together in a flavorful bowl - make it tonight and enjoy!

Ready Time

40 mins

Yields

10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 5 cups curly kale, stems removed and discarded, leaves cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Grill the chicken for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing into strips.

In a large bowl, massage the kale pieces with your hands for about 2 minutes to help soften the leaves.

Add the sliced grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, chopped pecans, and dried cranberries to the bowl with the kale.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

Divide the salad among 10 plates and serve immediately.

Notes

You can substitute the chicken breast with thighs if you prefer darker meat. Adjust the grilling time accordingly.

For a lighter dressing, reduce the amount of olive oil to 1/4 cup.

If you prefer a tangier dressing, add an extra tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. You can toast the pecans in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes, or until fragrant, to enhance their flavor.

Massage the kale leaves gently but firmly to avoid tearing them.

You can also add other toppings like diced onions or avocado to the salad to suit your taste. To make the salad ahead of time, prepare the kale and chicken separately, then assemble the salad just before serving.

Nutrional Value

  • Calories: 430
  • Total Fat: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Sodium: 350mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 10g
  • Protein: 35g
Grilled Chicken Kale Salad
Grilled Chicken Kale Salad

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