Recipe: Dixie Chicken Salad
A large, fresh dinner salad is great for busy weeknights. Although we’ve classically thought of salads as being more of a lunch menu item, the protein and flavors of a vibrant dinner salad like Dixie Chicken Salad are a welcome addition to your weekly menu. With lightly breaded chicken, this top-rated recipe can star as a main dinner entrée, and can still be taken as leftovers for lunch the next day. Dixie Chicken Salad is pretty enough to serve as an appetizer or course to company at your next garden party or alfresco dinner celebration. With its leafy greens, sweet grapes, and fresh chopped broccoli, this dinner salad is both flavorful and full of texture. Sliced almonds give this recipe a nice, nutty crunch, and a tangy vinaigrette made with honey and apple cider vinaigrette pulls the dish together. The great thing about this unique salad is that it’s a healthy alternative to classic, mayonnaise-based chicken salad, but it’s still packed full of flavor and nutrients. One of our top-rated salad recipes, Dixie Chicken Salad tastes best when you’re able to find produce at the farmers’ market in peak season. A blend of fresh arugula, spinach, and romaine is a great spring mix to add into the recipe, but home cooks can add in whatever you’ve got growing in the garden.
Start off the recipe by preparing the chicken. Unlike classic fried chicken, this breadcrumb-dredged chicken is baked in the oven to cut down on calories. While your chicken is baking in the oven, prepare the vinaigrette. The longer the vinaigrette has to sit and let the flavors marry, the better it will be. This honey mustard-style vinaigrette gives a smoky tang to the salad. When your chicken is finished baking, compile the salad on a pretty platter, and toss with the vinaigrette. Serve immediately – guests will be begging for the recipe!