Cherry Balsamic Chicken Salad With Spinach, Arugula, Fennel, and Grapes

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Makes 4 to 6 servings.
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Honorable Mention recipe in the Garden-Fresh Recipe Contest.
-Lily Julow, Gainesville, Florida


1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or mashed
1/4 cup cherry fruit-only spread
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

In a medium bowl, whisk the vinegar, 1/4 cup of olive oil, garlic, cherry spread, brown sugar, and salt. Pour the ingredients into a large zippered bag. Add the chicken, seal the bag, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours, turning the chicken occasionally to make certain that all of the parts are coated with marinade.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and let the excess drip off. Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a large skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until it is browned on both sides and the chicken is cooked through. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.


1 bunch (5 ounces) baby spinach leaves
1 bunch (5 ounces) arugula or cress, tough stems discarded
1 large bulb fennel, trimmed, cored, and cut into a fine julienne
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons cherry fruit-only spread
1 medium clove garlic, finely minced
2 medium shallots, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In large bowl, toss the spinach, arugula, fennel, and grapes. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cherry spread, garlic, shallots, and salt and pepper to make a vinaigrette. Pour over the salad and toss to coat. Divide among four plates. Cut the chicken into long, thin strips and arrange on top of the salad.

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