Smoked Chicken, Spinach, Grilled Pineapple and Pomegranate Salad. As flavourful as it is healthy.
I do love a colourful, flavourful dinner salad and this one was totally outstanding. The chicken breasts are dry rubbed with smokey spices and then slowly open roasted on a rack in the oven (or under indirect low heat on a backyard gas grill).
This provides delicious juicy chicken chunks to enjoy with the spinach and other vegetables and of course, the sweet grilled pineapple and tangy pomegranate seeds. A simple homemade lemon dijon dressing completed this balanced, nutritious, colourful, flavourful and oh so satisfying dinner salad.
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- 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
- 1 tbsp powdered ginger
- 1 tbsp dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp dry thyme
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp chili powder
- about 6 cups baby spinach or mixed baby greens
- 1/2 cup sliced radishes
- 1 cup julienne sweet bell peppers
- 1/2 sliced English cucumber
- seeds of half a pomegranate
- 1 1/2 cups lightly grilled diced golden pineapple
- 1/3 olive oil
- juice and finely minced zest of one lemon
- 3 tbsp dijon mustard
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- 1 1/2 tbsp honey
Wash the chicken breasts and pat dry with paper towels.
Sprinkle the dry rub on both sides of the chicken breasts. If you don't use all of the rub just save it in an airtight container for next time. Don't save any dry rub that comes into contact with the chicken though. Use a spoon to sprinkle on the rub so that you do not cross contaminate it.
At this point you can grill the chicken or place the chicken breasts on a rack in a roasting pan and roast at only 275 degree F for about an hour depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Always use a meat thermometer inserted into the middle of the thickest part of the chicken breast reaches 170 degrees F or 77 degrees Celsius. Let he chicken rest for 10 minutes before dicing and adding to the salad.
Simply shake together all of the ingredients in the dressing in an airtight container like a mason jar until well combined.
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