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SS #10 - Grilled Chicken Salad with Tarragon Pesto


We are up to Week 10 of our Salad Samplers - gosh, time does fly! MarciaB of Happy Trails For Us: My Reluctant Blog picked this week's recipe. Here are her comments:

It was the last week of March, I was about to reach into my recipe files, as we were just setting up Salad Samplers, when the mail came and with it my April Bon Appetit. This salad was on the cover. Spring popped out to me and I decided it would be "my" salad recipe. So as we edge into summer . . .

Grilled Chicken Salad with Tarragon Pesto

Makes 4 servings


1/4 cup (packed) fresh tarragon leaves plus 2 teaspoons chopped
1/4 cup (packed) fresh Italian parsley leaves
4 tablespoons pine nuts, divided
5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
2 teaspoons chopped shallot
6 tablespoons (or more) olive oil, divided, plus additional for brushing
4 boneless chicken breast halves
4 1/2-inch-thick slices country-style French or sourdough bread
1 5-ounce package mixed baby greens
1 cup thinly sliced radishes (from 1 large bunch)
1 cup thinly sliced Japanese cucumbers (about 1 1/2)


Place 1/4 cup tarragon leaves, parsley, 2 tablespoons pine nuts, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and shallot in mini processor; chop coarsely. With machine running, gradually add 3 tablespoons olive oil. Season pesto to taste with salt and pepper. Add more olive oil by teaspoonfuls to thin, if necessary.

Whisk 2 teaspoons chopped tarragon, remaining 4 teaspoons lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons oil in small bowl. Season dressing with salt and pepper.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush chicken breasts on both sides with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until grill marks form, skin is crisp, and chicken is cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes per side. Transfer to work surface; let rest 5 minutes. Using clean brush, brush both sides of bread with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until dark-brown grill marks appear on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Place greens, radishes, and cucumbers in large bowl. Toss with dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide salad among 4 plates.

Cut grilled chicken breasts crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Arrange 1 sliced chicken breast atop salad on each plate. Spoon tarragon pesto over chicken. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons pine nuts over salads. Serve with grilled bread slices.

This recipe made a very satisfying one-dish dinner. Bill and I both enjoyed it - so simple and delicious - great for a cool summertime meal.

Here are my ingredients:

Dinner is ready, and I am hungry!

Comments (4)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Nancy, your salad looks very delicious. I haven't done mine yet...can't wait to try it.

Great photos! I wasn't sure what a shallot was so its always great to see your ingredients photo!

Great presentation! Have a great Sunday!

I can't believe it's week 10 either! I've really enjoyed our salad samplers. Love your photos!


Glad you liked it, I should send this to Bon Appetit perhaps. We will be in a rental kitchen this weekend so if I get the chance, I may have to make a modified watermelon salad.

Great salad. I really enjoyed this one also. The tarragon pesto is unique.

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