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Grilled Chicken, Fig and Rocket Salad

Posted on October 21, 2010 by in Chicken

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This divine Grilled Chicken, fig and rocket salad was my first salad attempt for Summer 2010, although the weather patterns are still a bit risky to say it is officially summer. Today again it is rainy and cloudy, but it is the way I like to be eased into summer.
My family love salads, don’t get me wrong, but for them salads should be a side dish, not a main dish. Yesterday I saw a few really delicious looking salads and I thought ..mmmm, side dish my foot…tonight a salad is going to be the main feature on our table….

The first salad I saw via Twitter was from Rose at Homemadeheaven, She made this really robust looking Nicoise Saladand it was enough to set me off in a salad-thinking-way. The next temptress was Carey from Bits of Carey with her divine Caesar Salad, but the salad that send me right over the top was this Big Steak Salad by Lee from Pioneer Woman. Wow, is about all I can say. She takes a steak salad to a whole new level, she even called it a man salad, which was exactly the line I used  to convince Mr Easy Cooking that Salads can be main meals.  Sadly I did not have steak at home, but I did have chicken breasts and a few other bits and bobs. My salad was a perfect balance between sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy and so filling that Mr Easy Cooking could not even finish his…

Grilled Chicken, Fig and Rocket Salad


Ingredients

4 chicken breasts
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp dark soy
fresh ice-berg lettuce
fresh rocket
4 figs – quartered
pine-nuts toasted
a few anchovies
4 small onions – peeled and halved
3-4 small day old bread rolls
Verlaque Chili Oil
salt/pepper

Slice the chicken breasts in thinner strips. In a plastic bag, mix the lemon juice, sugar and soy. Add all the chicken pieces and allow to marinade for at least 30 minutes. Heat up your griddle pan and grill the chicken pieces very quickly on both sides. while doing that, you can add the onions and grill them too.  Season with salt and pepper and keep aside. Slice the  bread rolls in thin slices and drizzle with Verlaque Chili Oil. Roast in a hot oven until golden and crispy. To assemble the salad, lay the lettuce and rocket in the bottom of a beautiful salad platter and start building your salad with the various ingredients. Finish off with the toasted pine nuts.

Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic – minced
salt/pepper
½ cup Parmesan cheese
a little milk to thin the sauce

Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk and drizzle lavishly over the salad just before serving.

Some more salads to tempt you with:

Moroccan Roasted Vegetable and Barley Salad


Warm winter Salad


Blackforest and Watercress Salad Rolls


Nectarine and Goat’s Cheese Salad

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16 Responses to “Grilled Chicken, Fig and Rocket Salad”

  1. Marisa 21 October 2010 at 9:40 am #

    What an amazing looking salad Nina! Love your styling in the photo too.

  2. Rose&Thorn 21 October 2010 at 11:16 am #

    I am loving experimenting with old favourites and even Keith is loving it! And you know, if it hasn't got meat and bread it's not a meal! We might convert my carnivore one day if we keep up with these delish salads!

  3. ♥peachkins♥ 21 October 2010 at 11:43 am #

    This salad looks so summery!

  4. Sally - My Custard Pie 21 October 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    I've just had a delivery of lovely looking rocket in my veg box so this is ideal.

  5. Jan 21 October 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    What a fantastic photo! LOVE the salad – chicken and fig – YUM!

  6. Pam 21 October 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    Oh Nina… this salad has such great flavors and textures. YUM!

  7. ms_kamini 21 October 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    I agree with tr family on some level, salad isn't real food until beach ready season! But this looks hearty enough to pass the satisfaction test

  8. bellini valli 21 October 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    Every compenent here makes for a tastt salad Nina.

  9. House Moving Kits... 22 October 2010 at 8:24 am #

    Love these photo's, you are so talented…I should have married you sooner!!-Mwah!

  10. Rhyleysgranny 22 October 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Now that looks wonderful. I can nearly taste it. You photography is fabulous. I love coming here just to see your pics.:)

  11. myfrenchkitchen 22 October 2010 at 11:54 am #

    how beautiful this looks Nina…inviting, light, summery…
    Such wonderful photography!
    bisous
    Ronelle

  12. elra 22 October 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    Nutritious and delightful salad. Love the addition of figs in it too.

  13. Arnold 25 October 2010 at 5:44 am #

    This looks good. I like that dressing recipe. Where on earth did you find figs? I cannot even remember when last I have seen figs.

  14. My Carolina Kitchen 28 October 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    I love the summertime. Perhaps I should move to your side of the globe this time of year.

    We eat main course salads all year long and love them. I'll be sure to try this soon. Always on the outlook for more tasty salads, especially those that men love….
    Sam

  15. Jeanne @ CookSister! 8 November 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Oh, Nina – how glorious! I love the combination of flavours here. Also made a fabulous salad using figs last week – really have to post it!! Beautiful pics – I love the light 🙂

  16. giay da 5 March 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I am loving experimenting with old favourites and even Keith is loving it! And you know, if it hasn't got meat and bread it's not a meal! We might convert my carnivore one day if we keep up with these delish salads! Now that looks wonderful. I can nearly taste it. You photography is fabulous. I love coming here just to see your pics.:)


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