Reserve extra balsamic vinaigrette for easy tomato salads.
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
5 Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise
2 ears shucked corn
2 (1/2-inch-thick) red onion slices (about 1/2 of a medium onion)
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3 cups baby arugula
1 head Romaine lettuce, sliced into (1/2-inch-thick) strips
1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
1/2 ripe avocado, cut into thin wedges
1/3 cup small basil leaves
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 300°. Combine first 4 ingredients and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a bowl. Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup oil in a slow, steady stream.
Toss Roma tomatoes in remaining 2 tablespoons oil; arrange on a wire rack placed on a baking sheet. Sprinkle tomatoes with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Roast 1 hour or until tomatoes are slightly browned and skins begin to pull away; let cool. Remove tomato skins, and cut tomatoes in half horizontally; discard skins.
Preheat grill to high heat (450° to 500°). Coat corn and red onion slices with cooking spray. Place on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Cook 12 minutes or until charred, turning occasionally. Remove from grill. Cut kernels from corn; discard cobs.
Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Grill chicken 12 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally; let stand 5 minutes. Thinly slice chicken across the grain.
Combine arugula and lettuce in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons dressing; toss to coat. Top with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, chicken, corn, roasted tomato halves, and avocado. Sprinkle salad evenly with basil leaves, and serve with remaining dressing.
This salad is impressive in presentation and deliciousness! The flavor combination of fresh, grilled summer vegetables in their prime is no less than excellent! I made this salad several times for arriving guests each week throughout the summer, and it was met with rave reviews by all! I followed the recipe as it is written, but I would not hesitate to add other favorite bounties of summer when available. Additionally, shrimp or langostino can replace the chicken if you have a pescetarian in the family or simply eliminate meat/seafood for a vegetarian salad. Excellent!
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