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Balsamic Tomato Chicken Salad

2017 has been a busy one already!  I could use a small break.  At the very least, let's slow it down.  Ironically, slowing things down also means that I want to get certain things done faster (so I can have my downtime!).  I found a quick recipe for a balsamic chicken salad the other day and was immediately ready to get down with it.

Fun fact - I used to carry a bottle of balsamic vinegar with me when I traveled to Pennsylvania 4 days a week for work.  Yeah, I'm that obsessed with it.  In my defense, what if I wanted a salad and no one in all of PA had balsamic vinegar? Hmmmmm.....

Now that I've shown you my crazy, you might be able to understand why I had to make this salad.  (Even if you don't understand it, just play along...)  I also used a rotisserie chicken in this, which just might be my new favorite thing ever.  I don't have to roast a whole chicken OR chicken breasts.  There are no words to describe that feeling.  In addition, the creamy dressing is balanced out with crisp fresh vegetables such as tomato and sweet peppers.  So, like I said, SOLD!
 

Balsamic Tomato Chicken Salad
makes 4-6 servings

Print Recipe

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup peppery greens or arugula
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1) In a large bowl, add the shredded chicken.  Toss in the green onions, greens or arugula, pepper slices, tomato chunks, and red pepper flakes, if using.  Set aside.

2) In a blender or food processor, pour in the balsamic vinegar, honey, cumin, salt, and black pepper.  Blend to combine.

3) While running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the dressing starts to thicken.

4) Pour half of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.  Add more dressing, salt, and/or pepper if desired.

5) Sprinkle with sesame seeds right before serving.

--slightly adapted from Real Housemoms