Mustard Chicken Salad

When Megan and I get together to bake, it’s an all day affair. Making three recipes takes some time when you only have one oven. Especially if there’s a yeast bread that has to rise. So we carefully plan out our day so that everything gets done efficiently.

We also plan a break for lunch at some point. That’s where this salad came in. The last time we baked together was at my house, and I wanted something that was light but filling and would be easy to throw together ahead of time. This salad fit all of those requirements.

I cooked and cut the chicken and veggies before Megan came over. Then I had Hubby mix the dressing ingredients. I tossed the dressing on the chicken and veggies and plated it on top of a bed of mixed greens. The addition of tomatoes and broccoli make this chicken salad the kind that can be served as lunch without being smooshed between to slices of bread. It’s great.

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Mustard Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

2 bone-in chicken breast halves
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 Tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp vinegar
2 Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
kosher salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
Mixed greens for serving

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet, rub them with the olive oil & season generously with kosher salt & freshly ground pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the broccoli for about 1 minute, or until just tender, yet still crisp. Drain & set aside.

To make the dressing, whisk the mayonnaise, both mustards & the vinegar together in a mixing bowl. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, dice it into bite sized pieces & transfer to a bowl.

Add the dressing & toss to coat.

Add the broccoli, tarragon & cherry tomatoes. Season with kosher salt & freshly ground pepper to taste & toss well. Serve as is, or over a bed of greens.

Recipe as seen on the parsley thief, adapted from Ina Garten

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11 Responses to “Massaged Kale Salad”

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    Lauren — August 30, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I’m so glad you posted this! Aarti’s kale salad is on my list of dishes to make, and it’s good to know that you guys enjoyed it.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — August 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I saw this on the first episode of Aarti Party and it looked so good to me! Kale is something I’ve also never worked with in our kitchen so I definitely want to give this recipe a try!

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    Josie — August 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I love kale, and I was intrigued by this as well – I really want to try it now! Great picture!

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    Lauren — August 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I picked up all of the ingredients this morning to make the salad, and it is now sitting in my fridge waiting to be devoured for lunch. It’s GREAT! Who knew raw kale could be so good?!

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    Lizzy — August 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Kale is one of my favorite foods but I haven’t had it raw yet. I am bookmarking this!

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    Kate — August 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Wow sounds interesting! I’m very curious to try it myself. I love kale.

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    Christine — August 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I saw this on Aarti Party too – looks good – glad you tried it!

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    We Are Not Martha — August 31, 2010 at 1:51 am

    I love kale and am on a new-found mango kick, so I’m sure this is absolutely wonderful 🙂

    Sues

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    Sherry G — August 31, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I don’t know if I could get anyone in my family to try this, but it looks so interesting! I have never tried kale, but I would like to!

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    Cara — August 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I made a massaged kale salad once but it was just “eh”. I don’t think I massaged enough. But I might have to try it again, and do it the right way, since you both loved it!

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    Elina — September 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I LOVE massaged kale – love, love, love it. It tastes completely different than “regular” – not as “green” if that makes sense. 🙂
    I also love the next food network star. I should check out Aarti’s show since this recipe sounds like it’s right up my alley. 🙂

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