What's the best way to get a healthy and delectable dinner on the table in 15 minutes? In two words, meat salad. It's one of my favorite meals and a staple in this house. The trouble with meat salad is making it interesting as well as quick and easy. Keeping marinated chicken breasts in the freezer and an interesting variety of nuts, cheese and bag salad stocked is the key. The more interesting the salad, nuts and cheese the better. I like a variety of goat cheese, marcona almonds and lightly salted cashews and Trader Joe's organic herb salad blend. Add some homemade salad dressing and dinner is as good as done.
For the homemade salad dressing, mix together equal parts (about a tablespoon of each for one bag of salad) of Dijon mustard, honey and balsamic vinegar. Whisk in a couple of tablespoons of good olive oil until it's emulsified.
For the meat salad, heat the grill or broiler and pull your ingredients. Toss chicken on the grill and make the dressing and toss the salad. In five minutes , turn chicken. Plate greens and dress with nuts and cheese. Five minutes later, pull the chicken and let rest a couple of minutes, slice and place on the salad and serve. You can add any manner of raw veggies to bulk up the salad. I always have snap peas, baby sweet peppers and green onions in the crisper. It's so simple but so delicious.